Cricket: Northern Brave, Canterbury Magicians topple favourites for Super Smash honours

Canterbury veteran Amy Satterthwaite will head into retirement with one last domestic honour to her name, after guiding her Magicians to victory in the Super Smash women's final at Christchurch.

But the local men could not replicate that performance, slipping to defeat at the hands of defending champions Northern Brave.

Playing her record 105th game for Canterbury and her 63rd as captain, Satterthwaite, 36, could not produce with the bat, suffering a two-ball duck in her final innings, but contributed to a fielding effort that flummoxed a Wellington Blaze outfit that had dominated the regular season.

Tim Seifert hits out for Northern Brave in Super Smash final
Tim Seifert hits out for Northern Brave in Super Smash final. Photo credit: Photosport

They were greatly aided by a fine knock of 95 off 62 balls by opener Kate Anderson, who led all scorers - men or women - in the domestic T20 competition and brought up 500 runs for the season during the final.

Anderson and Abigale Gerken put on 74 runs for the opening wicket, scoring at nearly 10 an over, but the Magicians lost five wickets - including the skipper - for just nine runs, as they lost their momentum.

Anderson was finally run out short of her century with the final ball of the penultimate over, but their early scoring rate saw them reach 145/9 after their allotted overs.

With the White Ferns about to begin their T20 World Cup campaign overnight, both teams were missing some of their leading performers 

Wellington were on pace through the early overs and wicketkeeper Jess McFadyen had them still in contention as late as the 12th over, but three quick wickets - including McFadyen for a run-a-ball 30 - took the wind out of their sails, as they fell 12 runs short.

Satterthwaite took 2/26 with the ball, caught dangerous Aussie Laura Harris off the bowling of Melissa Banks and contributed to the final runout of Maneka Singh off the last ball of the match.

Meanwhile, the Canterbury men had earned homefield advantage by finishing atop the competition table, but had lost consecutive finals to Wellington and Northern.

Electing to bat first, they lost openers Chad Bowes and Ken McClure early, but rebuilt their innings through captain Cole McConchie and Leo Carter, who put on 75 runs for the third wicket.

McConchie reached his half-century, before he was bowled by Neil Wagner, but a late flurry from Henry Shipley (35 off 21 balls) left them short of a competitive target, with 154/9. 

Northern allrounder Mitch Santner, who had taken his side to the crown with his bat last year, was the destroyer with the ball, taking 4/16 off his four overs.

The Brave were never really troubled, with openers Katene Clarke and Tim Seifert always ahead of the required rate, and Joe Carter and Santner guiding them home to a seven-wicket victory. Seifer also reached fifty, before he was caught by Leo Carter off Shipley's bowling.

Canterbury Kings 154/6 (McConchie 54, Carter 37, Shipley 35; Santner 3/16) Northern Brave 156/3 (Seifert 51, Carter 31no, Santner 21no; Shipley 2/42) 

Canterbury Magicians 145/9 (Anderson 95, Gerken 21, Hughes 11; Baird 1/20) Wellington Blaze 133 (McFadyen 30, Newton 24, Burns 18; Sullivan 3/29)