Anyway, as it has been established, Super Smash’s earliest incarnation was in 2005-6 season. The six-team tournament comprised Auckland, Canterbury, Northern Districts, Central Districts, Wellington and Otago – teams formed and named in line with the zeitgeist of the times.
In this day and age, you would expect a six-team T20 event to produce between 33 and 35 matches, depending on the format. But those were weird times. The uncomplicatedly named “New Zealand Twenty20 Competition” spanned only seven matches, which also included the final, where Canterbury triumphed.
Thankfully, that peculiarity was remedied the very next year, with a better format producing 25 matches, and the number steadily grew over the next few years albeit a few fluctuations. Currently, the Super Smash sees 32 matches, including a preliminary final and the actual final.
Despite so much tweaking with the name and format, the league has retained the same six teams from start till now, and for that we have to be thankful to its organizers.