Hot Spring Spas T20 Tauranga Black Clash in association with Heartland

Sat 22 January 2022

Bay Oval, Tauranga

The Hot Spring Spas T20 Tauranga Black Clash in association with Heartland pits New Zealand’s biggest sporting stars of rugby and cricket against each other in a high-intensity, hugely fun T20 cricket match at Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui.

In January 2021, the sold-out Christchurch Black Clash was the highest rating sports event on New Zealand television in at least 12 months (Jan 2020 – Jan 2021) with over 1 million viewers on TVNZ 1. These figures were higher than the Prada Cup!

Entering its fourth year, the T20 Black Clash has established itself as a quintessential annual event on the summer calendar which truly captures the imagination of the public.

Where else do you get to see current All Black Jordie Barrett dismiss former Black Cap captain Stephen Fleming (New Zealand’s second highest test run scorer of all time) for a duck, Richie McCaw take a stunning catch under the high ball, Israel Dagg bowl plum yorkers, Will Jordan knock his cricketing heroes for sixes around the park and New Zealand’s best spin bowler of all time Dan Vettori back on the pitch to dismiss three rugby players in the last over for the last ball win?

Coach Fleming has hand-picked another stellar line up of NZ’s biggest cricketing heroes to lead the line-up for Team Cricket, while Sir Graham Henry will call on current and former All Blacks legends to lead the upstart Team Rugby’s charge.

Many of the Team Rugby players are in fact extremely talented cricketers. The nature of professionalism in the modern era meant they had to choose at quite a young age which sport to pursue.

Team Cricket lead the Black Clash series with 2 wins to 1 win for Team Rugby. These professional athletes want to win at all cost and Sir Graham Henry does not like to lose!


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