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The Canterbury Magicians have climbed to second place after an eight-wicket win against Auckland in a women's Super Smash game at Eden Park yesterday.
Canterbury restricted Auckland to 104 for six and cruised to a comfortable victory with more than two overs to spare. The win lifts it to 22 points.
Wellington leads the standings with 24 points. The Blaze notched their own comprehensive eight-wicket win against Central Districts at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth on Monday.
The home team was restricted to 100 for eight. Rising star leg spinner Amelia Kerr grabbed two for nine and top scored with 52 not out to lead her side to victory.
Auckland is in third place with 20 points. Otago is in fourth place with 14 points, and will need to win both its remaining games and for other results to go its way to make the playoffs.
-In the men's competition, Canterbury fast bowler Kyle Jamieson rewrote the New Zealand T20 records book with six for seven to help dismiss Auckland for a paltry 110 at Eden Park yesterday.
He eclipsed the previous best bowling in the New Zealand domestic T20 competition of six for 28, jointly held by Otago's Ian Butler and Northern Districts' Ben Laughlin.
It was the third-best bowling figures in the history of the format, behind only Arul Suppiah's six for five for Somerset in 2011, and star Bangladesh all rounder Shakib Al Hasan's six for six for the Barbados Tridents in 2013.
In reply Canterbury lost early wickets to be 19 for three, but Cole McConchie's steady 47 not out from 42 balls ensured it chased down the small target with five wickets and more than two overs to spare.
The Wellington Firebirds secured an eight-wicket win against Central Districts in New Plymouth on Monday.
Logan van Beek (three for 29) and Hamish Bennett (three for 22) helped restrict Central to 136 for nine.
Michael Bracewell then blasted 74 and Devon Conway chipped in with 44.