We've looked back on a Dream11 Super Smash season full of memorable performances and picked our men's team of the tournament. Who would be in your team?
1) Devon Conway (Wellington Firebirds)
After a lean start to the season, Conway got going in spectacular fashion to top the run-scorers list for the second season in a row. His 543 runs were 140 more than anyone else and included a high-score of 101*. Conway was also his team's top-scorer in the Grand Final with 49, showing his appetite for the big occasion.
2) Chad Bowes (Canterbury KINGS)
When Bowes scored 95 off just 50 balls in the final Canterbury KINGS match of the season he showed just how destructive he can be at the top of the order. Earlier in the season, he had unleashed a similarly rapid knock - 90 off 42 balls against the Auckland ACES. Bowes scored 358 runs at an impressive strike rate of 170.
3) Tim Seifert (Knights)
The powerplay was often a productive time for the Knights, with Tim Seifert being a key contributor. His 323 runs came at a strike rate of 144 and included 14 sixes. Earlier in the same match where Leo Carter made history by hitting 6 sixes in an over, Seifert had hit four in a row to showcase his destructive scoring ability all round the wicket.
4) Neil Broom (Otago Volts)
Along with Hamish Rutherford and Nick Kelly, Neil Broom formed one of the most effective top threes in the competition. Broom scored 357 runs and was tied with Martin Guptill at the top of the table for most sixes hit (18). Broom was always in the action in the field too, taking 10 catches.
5) Nick Kelly (Otago Volts)
Nick Kelly’s first season with the Otago Volts was an outstanding one. His season tally of 398 runs was the third most in the competition and included four half-centuries. He stood tall in the Elimination Final against the ACES, top-scoring with 60 off 44 balls after the loss of two early wickets.
6) Jimmy Neesham (Wellington Firebirds)
The Firebirds all-rounder never seemed to be too far from the action all season long. With the bat he made a number of important cameos in the middle order. With the ball, he took at least one wicket in all but one of his spells. The final over he bowled against the Otago Volts where he defended just six ended up being crucial in the Firebirds finishing top and hosting the Grand Final.
7) Kieran Noema-Barnett (Central Stags)
The defending champion Central Stags got off to a flyer with Kieran Noema-Barnett one of the key driving forces. For the first half of the season, he was the leading wicket-taker in the competition. He also produced a couple of rapid half-centuries, including a match-winning knock against the Otago Volts when the Stags’ chances had appeared slim.
8) Ronnie Hira (Auckland ACES)
Hira was a consistent performer with the ball all season, taking key wickets and controlling the middle stages of the innings for the ACES. In the Elimination Final against the Volts, Hira made a telling contribution with the bat. His 33 off 15 balls instigated a late charge where the ACES scored 60 off the final five overs to surge into the Grand Final.
9) Ajaz Patel (Central Stags)
After taking three wickets on opening night in a huge Stags win, Patel continued getting wickets in bunches, taking 15 in total. His economy rate of 7.41 had him in the top 10 most economical bowlers in the competition.
10) Hamish Bennett (Wellington Firebirds)
Bennett earned a recall to the BLACKCAPS on the strength of his recent white ball form and it’s not difficult to see why. He finished the Dream11 Super Smash as the leading wicket taker with 17 and had an exceptional economy rate of 7.21 to boot. Often bowling at the toughest times in the innings, Bennett also had one the highest dot ball percentage in the men’s competition (46%)
11) Ollie Newton (Wellington Firebirds)
Finishing with 16 wickets, Ollie Newton was second behind his fellow Firebird in the leading wicket-taker stakes. He and Bennett formed the most effective opening and death bowling partnership going around, building pressure on the opposing team with plenty of wickets and dot balls.