Finn Allen blasted a top knock | PHOTOSPORT

Smashing day out in Wellington

Finn Allen is back!

The big, powerful young right-hander was a treat to behold again as he smashed four sixes en route to a standout knock of 68 off 32 balls in a perfect day for Wellington in the capital - weather aside.

The Firebirds' win over the Otago Volts followed a brilliant sixth win on the bounce for unbeaten Wellington Blaze against the other form team of the summer, the Otago Sparks (who also have six wins, but from eight rounds).


In the men's game, after the Otago Volts had put up a good 157/5 - and perhaps conscious of the incoming wet weather, Allen's 24-ball half-century got the Firebirds' chase off to a real flier.

He raced along to 31 before opening partner Tim Robinson had even got off the mark, and didn't let up until Anaru Kitchen managed to get him caught in the eighth over at 82/1.

A break for rain gave both teams time to catch their breath as the target was revised to 117 (15 overs), but at 110/2 that was never going to be a problem for the hosts once they got back on.

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It was a frustrating experience for the Volts, who remain anchored to the bottom of the table in a becalmed campaign despite having strung together good partnerships after winning the toss and batting first.

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Earlier, a stunning jumping one-handed pluck of a catch from Otago Sparks captain Suzie Bates gave the southerners something to cheer about, but this top of the table humdinger didn't go Otago's way, either.

Bates's side had been asked to bowl first in a match that had been reduced to 12 overs per side.

Rebecca Burns (30 from 15) and captain Maddie Green (30 from 19) smashed quick runs in the action-packed innings, Bates meanwhile claiming four catches in all as all five of the Sparks attack got in the wickets.

Blaze reached 108/8 in their 12, a run chase of nine an over needed by the Sparks.

It didn't start well, with the big wicket of Bates in the first over for Mankea Singh and then fellow opener Polly Inglis gone at 26/2.

For once the big names failed to fire, Katey Martin stopped after a run a ball 19 and Kate Ebrahim explosive with her 29 off 21, but departing hit wicket after Melie Kerr got the big wicket.

From there it was a scramble from the Sparks as wickets tumbled like dominoes, finishing 75 all out and again, all the Blaze in the wickets column.