14 February 2023

The Canterbury Magicians Take Home Super Smash Grand Final Victory at Hagley Oval

The Canterbury Magicians sent their skipper Amy Satterthwaite off in style on Saturday by beating the Wellington Blaze to claim the Dream11 Super Smash title at Hagley Oval.
Satterthwaite, who broke the record for the number of caps for a Magicians player and was playing in her last T20 match for Magicians, won the toss and elected to bat first. The Magicians got off to a flyer courtesy of openers Kate Anderson and Abby Gerken who put on 74 for the first wicket. From there the Magicians batters fell consistently, losing 5 wickets for 9 runs. Anderson held the innings together, continuing her record breaking form to finish on
95 from 62 and help the Magicians post 145.

In reply, the Blaze batters got off to a good start, scoring 53 runs with the loss of one wicket after the powerplay. At the halfway mark the game was evenly poised until Satterthwaite and Missy Banks took the crucial wickets of Wellington’s international imports, Charli Knot and Laura Harris. From there, the Magicians applied the pressure through tight bowling and sharp fielding to have the Blaze 97/6 after 16 overs. The run rate proved too high for the Blaze batters with the Magicians the eventual winners by 12 runs.

The success of the Magicians this season is no surprise with multiple players leading the way in runs and wickets in the competition. Kate Anderson finished as the leading run scorer with 536 runs – the most runs ever in a Super Smash season beating the record held by Suzie Bates. Amy Satterthwaite was the second top scorer finishing on 376 runs. For the bowlers, Gabby Sullivan was the top wicket taker for the competition with 21 wickets, breaking the record for the most number of wickets in a season. Sarah Asmussen, Missy Banks and Amy Satterthwaite were also in the top 10 wickets takers for the competition.

The win was a fitting end to an incredible T20 career by Amy Satterthwaite who announced her retirement from domestic cricket at the end of the season. Across her 105 matches for Canterbury she has amassed 2925 runs including 19 fifties and 1 hundred with a high score of 114. Alongside that she has also claimed 78 wickets with best bowling of 4/14.