Defending champions Wasps Netball demolished Team Bath to secure their passage through to the Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final.
Not even a fire alarm midway through the encounter could stop Tamsin Greenway’s juggernauts from reaching their second consecutive final where they await the winner of the second semi-final between Loughborough Lightning and Manchester Thunder.
Wasps were rewarded for finishing top of the regular-season standings with a home semi-final against five-time champions Team Bath at the University of Worcester and veteran star Rachel Dunn along with sharp-shooter Natalie Haythornthwaite led the holders to a 54-39 victory on Saturday.
Team Bath, who have not lifted the title since 2013, made the more confident start by opening up a five-goal cushion, but ruthless Wasps then took over proceedings.
They extended a 12-7 first-quarter advantage into a 29-13 lead by half-time and continued to maintain their rhythm thereafter.
1:16 Wasps and Team Bath were forced to take a timeout during their semi-final as a the fire alarm sounded at the University of Worcester
Having won the title in their debut year, Wasps started the 2018 season with 12 successive victories before suffering back-to-back defeats to Loughborough Lightning and Manchester Thunder. But since then, it has been a return to their very best form for the team chasing back-to-back titles.
Team Bath were playing for their pride by the end of the third quarter as Wasps consolidated their lead with a 41-25 lead and closed out the game in the final quarter to return to next Saturday’s showpiece event.
The other semi-final sees Loughborough host Thunder at Leicester Arena. Both teams are in red-hot form as they chase a place in the Grand Final on Saturday, July 7.
It’s all eyes on next week’s Grand Final as the 2018 campaign reaches its dramatic conclusion on Sky Sports.
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