Sri Lankan import Mahela Jayawardene played a winning hand as his Central Stags defeated the Wellington Firebirds by six wickets at the Basin Reserve.
Chasing 134 to win their domestic T20 cricket encounter, the Stags' Jayawardene top scored with 40 off 21 balls.
His team hit the winning run with 15 balls and six wickets to spare.
In Alexandra, the Canterbury Kings beat the Otago Volts by 16 runs.
Kings opening batsman Chad Bowes top scoring with 54 off 39 deliveries.
Set 153 for victory, the Volts could only reach 136 for eight from their 20 overs.