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Wellington Blaze, Otago Sparks head to Hallyburton Final

NZC's last national Domestic Final of the 2021/22 summer takes place this Sunday in Queenstown - and Wellington Blaze will head into the match yet to lose a game all season.

The Otago Sparks have been confirmed as the team to join top qualifier the Blaze in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield showdown, by the skin of their bats.

The points race between the Sparks and Northern Districts for that privilege could not have been much closer.

The Sparks could do nothing but sit and watch the live-scoring on last Sunday as ND hosted the out-of-contention Auckland Hearts in Hamilton, in the last game of the HBJ regular season before the upcoming Grand Final - which will be livestreamed on NZC YouTube and at, but with no admission under the Protection Framework red setting.

A win (worth four points) would have put Northern Districts through to that Final.

Remarkably, the match instead finished as a rare tied game, worth only two points per team — which saw ND and the Sparks both finish on 25 points from their 10 rounds.

That meant net run rate decided which of those teams would progress, and the Sparks (with 1.28) held the mathematical advantage over ND (-0.02).

Sunday will be the Sparks' first appearance in the national one-day Final since 2013/14 when they beat the Auckland Hearts by three wickets in the Final to lift the title at Auckland's Melville Park.

This time around they have fortuitously landed a home Final (the John Davies Oval venue inked in ahead of this season, and set to follow the men's Ford Trophy final on the preceding day).

Both sides will be without their WHITE FERNS World Cup players, and the Sparks will be up against a Blaze side that has yet to experience defeat in either format this summer.

Wellington beat the Sparks here during the Dream11 Super Smash T20 campaign, so will have plenty of recent happy memories of the spectacular ground to draw on.

The Blaze are looking to add the national one-day title to the Dream11 Super Smash trophy already in the cabinet at the Basin Reserve.

The Final is live-scored and livestreamed at and on the NZC app.


2021/22 GRAND FINAL | John Davies Oval, Queenstown (behind closed gates)

Wellington Blaze  v Otago Sparks

10.30am • Sunday 27 February 2022


Recent Hallyburton Johnstone Shield Champions
2020/21 Canterbury Magicians (beat Auckland Hearts at Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland)
2019/20 Auckland Hearts (beat Northern Spirit at Seddon Park, Hamilton)
2018/19 Central Hinds (beat Auckland Hearts at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth)
2017/18 Auckland Hearts (no Final, finished top of table with Wellington Blaze second)
2016/17 Canterbury Magicians (beat Canterbury Magicians at Hagley Oval, Christchurch)
2015/16 Auckland Hearts (beat Wellington Blaze at Melville Park, Auckland)
2014/15 Auckland Hearts (beat Canterbury Magicians at Mainpower Oval, Rangiora)






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