The Central Stags secured their spot in the Burger King Super Smash playoffs with an 11 run win over the Wellington Firebirds at the Basin. They now sit second behind the Knights, and will wait to see if they'll meet the Auckland Aces or Otago Volts in the playoffs, with two regular season rounds still to be completed.
The Stags got away to a flyer through George Worker (44) and Will Young (19), before Dean Foxcroft continued his hot form with his third half century of the competition with 51, to help the visitors put 161-7 on the board in extremely blustery conditions.
Blair Tickner (3-25), Ben Wheeler (1-42) and Seth Rance (1-27) then went through the Firebirds' top order to have them wobbling at 59-6, before Luke Woodcock rolled back the years to get the home team, who were battling to save their slim playoff hopes, close in their chase.
With 12 needed from the last over and just two wickets in hand, the pressure finally told. Ben Sears was run out on the first ball, before Doug Bracewell removed Woodcock for 63 runs swinging for the fences to bowl the Firebirds out, securing an 11 run win for the Stags, and their spot in the playoffs.