Blaze in Women’s Twenty20 final

Above: Wellington Blaze opener Renee Moffitt on her way to scoring a brisk half century in the second One-Dayer against the Auckland Hearts on Thursday.

The Wellington Blaze have qualified for the domestic Women’s Twenty20 final.

The Blaze will play top qualifiers the Canterbury Magicians in the final at MainPower Oval in Rangiora next Saturday.

Wellington finished the round-robin series second equal on 12 points with the Otago Sparks, but finished ahead of them on net run rate. The Blaze and the Sparks both had three wins from five, but the Blaze’s net rate of 0.612 was superior to Otago’s 0.024.

The Blaze have missed out on making the domestic women’s One-Day final, finishing third on 23 points behind top qualifiers Auckland Hearts (35 points) and second placed Canterbury (27). The Blaze and Canterbury finished with the same number of wins (five from 10), but the Magicians secured the second spot after securing more bonus points.

In the last round set of matches against the Auckland Hearts, the Blaze had a win and a loss in the two One-Day matches and a loss in the Twenty20 fixture.

They met an 8-wicket defeat in the opening 50-over match, but won the second of these encounters by 48 runs. The win was set up by a 126-run opening stand between Renee Moffitt (59) and Lucy Doolan  (77). They scored 188 for 9 in a recuded 42-over game and then bowled Auckland out for 140.

They lost their Twenty20 match by 6 wickets, the Hearts chasing down 122 to win with a ball to spare.

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