The Super Smash T20 is a premier 20-over domestic competition held in New Zealand every year since its inception in 2005/06.
All-rounder Andrew Ellis has taken the most wickets in the history of Super Smash T20. The former Canterbury veteran has 109 wickets in 100 matches and remains the only player to register more than 100 scalps in the history of the tournament.
A few active players, Seth Rance, Scott Kuggeleijn, Blair Tickner and Jacob Duffy among others also feature in the list.
Most wickets in Super Smash T20
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Andrew Ellis - 109 wickets in 100 matches
Former Canterbury all-rounder Andrew Ellis is the leading wicket-taker in men’s Super Smash history.
Ellis made his debut for Canterbury in the 2007/08 season, bagging seven wickets in five matches. Since then, he has taken more than five wickets in every season till 2019/20, when he announced his retirement.
Even though he couldn’t win the tournament in his decade-long stint, his most fruitful individual season came in 2014/15, when he finished as the leading wicket-taker with 18 scalps in eight matches at an average of 11.94 and an economy of 7.50.
Ronnie Hira - 99 wickets in 93 matches
Ronnie Hira made his debut for Auckland in the second edition of the tournament in 2006/2007, taking two wickets in three matches as his team emerged victorious with its maiden trophy.
Since then, Hira has bagged 99 wickets in 93 matches while playing for Auckland and Canterbury franchises, becoming more lethal with each passing season.
The 2010/11 and 2011/12 campaigns saw Auckland stamp their authority over other teams by clinching back-to-back titles, with Hira finishing as the leading wicket-taker in 2011/12, claiming 14 wickets in 10 matches at a respectable economy of 5.85.
Seth Rance - 91 wickets in 74 matches
Seth Rance is one of the best bowlers to have played in the Super Smash T20 tournament.
The former New Zealand seamer announced himself in style, clinching 11 wickets in six matches during his debut season in 2009/10, guiding Central Districts to their second championship in three years.
His personal best campaign came in 2016/17 when he topped the wicket-taking charts with 15 from 11 matches and helped Central Districts finish as runners-up to Wellington Firebirds.
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