Brownlie blasts Wizards to win over Wellington
Dean Brownlie hinted it was a teammate ready to cause a run explosion, but it was he who blasted the Canterbury Wizards to an eight-wicket win over Wellington.
The former Black Cap launched 86 from just 36 balls at Hagley Oval yesterday and was closing in on what could have been one of the top 10 all time fastest hundreds in Twenty20 cricket when he was bowled by Wellington's Dane Hutchinson.
A day earlier, he'd told The Press Rob Nicol was on the verge of a big score, but when Nicol went early for three, it was Brownlie at first drop who unleashed.
He hit 11 fours and five sixes and brought up his first T20 half century - from 38 matches - in just 25 balls.
Brownlie had scored just 38 runs with a best of 28 from the Wizards' four completed T20 matches this season, but looked in top nick, timing and placing the ball brilliantly.
It helped Canterbury to their third win of the season following two losses and four rain outs, but a playoff spot is still uncertain.
They need to win their final match tomorrow against Northern Districts, again at Hagley, but almost predictably, the weather looks like it could play a further role in a Wizards' campaign seemingly following the rain.
Canterbury outplayed Wellington who only scored a sub-standard 154-6. The visitors hit a number of boundaries - 12 fours and eight sixes - but faced too many dot balls.
Nicol did contribute, but with the ball dismissing dangerous Wellington opener Michael Papps and Michael Pollard in the same over.
Ronnie Hira bowled well for his 1-23 and dismissed Grant Elliott with a slow turning ball which bowled the former international and Andrew Ellis, the side's top wicket taker, took 2-31.
Canterbury still need to beat Northern Districts tomorrow (2pm start) and places in the all-important top three could come down to run rate. The Wizards' run rate had been poor, but their thumping win last night has improved it from -0.978 to -0.344.
● Meanwhile Magicians cricket captain Amy Satterthwaite did not have a happy 100th milestone match for her province with her side beaten by Otago by six wickets in Mosgiel yesterday.
Otago overhauled Canterbury's 184 in 49.1 overs reaching the target in the 49th over thanks largely to a 126-run second wicket stand between centurion Suzie Bates and Katey Martin.
Bates saw her side through with an unbeaten 102 from 140 balls with six fours and paced the chase expertly at Brooklands Park where boundaries did not come easily.
The Magicians innings was built around a patient 68 from opener Meg Kendal, her highest score for Canterbury, who along with Satterthwaite, 42 from 72 balls, added 90 for the second wicket.
Further support was lacking as medium pacer Victoria Abbott tidied up the innings bagging career-best figures of five for 38 while Bates was economical.
The other teams played T20 matches and White Fern Sara McGlashan smashed a whirlwind unbeaten 131 from 63 balls with 12 fours and six sixes leading her team to victory against Northern at Hamilton.
One-day, At Mosgiel: Canterbury 184 in 49.1 overs (M Kendal 68, A Satterthwaite 42; V Abbott 5-38, S Bates 2-30) lost to Otago 185-4 in 48.4 overs (S Bates 102no, K Martin 44, S Tsukigawa 22; H Jensen 2-42) by six wickets.
T20, At Hamilton: Auckland 198-4 (S McGlashan 131no) beat Northern 102-7 (K Tomlinson 34, N Browne 28; M Tremaine 3-16) by 87 runs.
At Hastings: Wellington 142-4 (S Devine 46, R Priest 34, L Doolan K Baxter 2-37) beat Central Districts 91-6 (J Watkin 38, K Broadmore 21; S Ruck 3-9) by 51 runs.