Jeetan Patel has finished his stellar playing career with a tidy spell and two more wickets to his tally, but not a Wellington Firebirds victory as the Central Stags proved too slick on their way to a 24-run win in the Super Smash T20 competition.

Jeetan Patel of the Wellington Firebirds

 

Patel was recognised for a career that has spanned two decades, receiving a guard of honour onto the Basin Reserve in his final match in yellow and black.

Patel finished with 2 for 30 to take his wickets total to 504 across all formats for Wellington.

Central scored 183 for 6, while Wellington finished on 159 for 9.

The Stags now sit atop the table with two wins from two. The Firebirds have a win and a loss as they plot the rest of their season without the legendary off-spinner in the ranks.

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