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Finn Allen helped the Wellington Firebirds make it five wins out of five to start the Twenty20 Super Smash.
Finn Allen played his finest innings yet in the Twenty20 Super Smash as the defending champion Wellington Firebirds made it five wins out of five to start the season.
The right-handed opener finished unbeaten on 92 off 43 – his highest T20 score – as they beat the Otago Volts by five wickets at University of Otago Oval in Dunedin on Thursday.
It was his fourth fifty in five Super Smash innings and arguably the finest yet, featuring five fours and eight sixes, taking his tally for the season to 322 runs off 163 balls.
He scored more than half the runs the Firebirds needed as they chased 168 to win after the Volts won the toss and posted 167-5 from their 20 overs.
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Neil Broom and Anaru Kitchen both made scores of 57 for the Volts, off 48 balls and 32 balls respectively, and they would have been pleased with the total they put on the board.
Jimmy Neesham took 2-38 while Logan van Beek conceded just 24 runs from his four overs.
Mitchell McClenaghan took 2-37 for the Volts, removing Devon Conway for 18 off 15 and Neesham for two off four, but the damage done by Allen up front made it hard for the hosts to get back in the contest.
Allen took 27 runs off an early Michael Rae over that also included a wide and was there at the end as they finished the job with 21 balls remaining.
The Firebirds opened up a four-point lead over the Central Stags at the top of the table with their win and are next in action on Saturday against the Canterbury Kings at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
The Volts are next in action on Monday, when they travel to New Plymouth to play the Central Stags at Pukekura Park.
At University of Otago Oval, Dunedin: Otago Volts 167-5 (Anaru Kitchen 57no off 32, Neil Broom 57 off 48; Neesham 2-38) lost to Wellington Firebirds 168-5 off 16.3 overs (Finn Allen 92no off 43; McClenaghan 2-37) by five wickets.
Points (games played): Firebirds 20 (5), Stags 16 (6), Kings 12 (4), Volts 12 (5), Knights 4 (5), Aces 0 (5).
Stuff MVP points: Finn Allen 3, Anaru Kitchen 2, Logan van Beek 1