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The SBS Bank Otago Sparks will be able to call on two of their best talents when the Dream11 Super Smash women’s central round gets underway tomorrow.

WHITE FERNS Suzie Bates and Katey Martin are both available after returning from Women’s Big Bash duties with the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Stars.

Bates returns following a successful WBBL campaign where here Strikers made the grand final - Martin was available for last week’s Hallyburton Johnstone Shield fixtures against the Auckland Hearts and will captain the Sparks for the Super Smash campaign.

The Sparks will also be able to call on the services of Australian duo Lisa Griffith and Hannah Darlington.

Darlington, who was recently named the WBBL’s Young Gun - the gong for the best player aged under 21 at the start of the season - had a breakthrough year in the Big Bash.

The 17-year-old made her debut for the Thunder on the same day that she sat her Year 12 English exam and went on to play all 14 games for the Sydney side, finish as their leading wicket-taker.

Griffith, also from the Thunder, returns to the Sparks after a spell with the side at last year’s Super Smash central Lincoln round.

Griffith starred with the ball in her four matches for the Sparks last year, helping the side to two wins out of four, including best figures of 3-10 in the win over the Northern Spirit.

The Aussie duo will join the team immediately - Darlington will be available for the entire competition, while Griffith will play the opening five rounds before returning to Australia to honour domestic commitments with New South Wales.

The Sparks will play four games across three days in the women’s central round - they begin against the defending champions Wellington Blaze on Lincoln Green tomorrow afternoon.

SBS Bank Otago Sparks squad | Dream11 Super Smash | Women’s Central Round

Katey Martin (Old Boys Collegians - Chch) (c)

Suzie Bates (University Grange)

Emma Black (Carisbrook Dunedin)

Ella Brown (University Grange, Albion Gore)

Eden Carson (Carisbrook Dunedin)

Millie Cowan (Albion - Gore)

Hannah Darlington (Overseas)

Sophie Gray (St Albans - Chch)

Lisa Griffith (Overseas)

Bhagya Herath (University Grange)

Bella James (Kaikorai)

Hayley Jensen

Sophie Oldershaw (University Grange)

Dream11 Super Smash Women’s Central Round

Otago Sparks v Wellington Blaze | Friday 13 December, 4.00pm | Lincoln Green

Auckland Hearts v Otago Sparks | Saturday 14 December, 10.00am | Lincoln No. 3

Northern Spirit v Otago Sparks | Saturday 14 December, 10.00am | Lincoln Green

Otago Sparks v Auckland Hearts | Sunday 15 December, 10.00am | Bert Sutcliffe Oval

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