Holly Huddleston's four wickets lifted the Hearts. MBUTCHER

Hearts stay unbeaten despite Dodd century



Defending national one-day champions the Auckland Hearts have become the first team to qualify for the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield Final after a five-wicket victory over the Central Hinds in Auckland this afternoon.
Victory in the first of two top-of-the-table clashes between the two teams this weekend swept the unbeaten Hearts to 34 points from seven rounds. With a maximum 15 points remaining on offer to each team from the last three rounds ahead of the Final, it was enough to ensure a berth for the ominous Aucklanders with three rounds to spare.
 
Sent in, Central Hinds opening batsman Natalie Dodd meanwhile lacked support as she scored a century in her 100th Hallyburton Johnstone Shield match - reaching 103 from 157 balls in the Central Hinds' tally of 205/8.
 
WHITE FERN Holly Huddleston (4-44, below, PHOTOSPORT) did the damage with the ball before fellow WHITE FERNS Anna Peterson (a run-a-ball 54 at the top), Hearts captain Maddy Green (37 off 46) and Katie Perkins - who will play her own 100th match tomorrow (62* off 74) ensured the hosts clinched victory with 11.3 overs to spare.
Milestones
  • 100th domestic List A match for Natalie Dodd (Central Hinds)
  • Kerry Tomlinson was Roz McNeill's 50th List A wicket
  • Natalie Dodd reached 3500 List A runs when on 42
  • 8th List A century for Natalie Dodd (first for Central Hinds)
  • Natalie Dodd's innings is the highest score for Central Hinds v Auckland Hearts (previously 92 by Aimee Watkin, née Mason at Palmerston North, 2007/08
Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Central Hinds 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 7 1.46
2 Wellington Blaze 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 0.56
3 Canterbury Magicians 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.05
4 Northern Spirit 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 -0.05
5 Auckland Hearts 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 -0.56
6 Otago Sparks 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 -1.46

Order in the Table Determined by: 1. Total Points, 2. Number of Wins, 3. Number of Bonus Points, 4. Net Run Rate (NRR - NRR For minus NRR Against over the whole competition)

Points Awarded: Won - 4, Lost - 0, Tied - 2, No Result - 2, Abandoned - 2, Bonus Point (Run Rate 1.25x Opponents') - 1

Grand Final - 14 Mar 2020

Most Runs

1C Gurrey206
2F Mackay178
3K Perkins136
4A Peterson104
5B Bezuidenhout98
6=J McFadyen85
6=T Newton85
8J Savage84
9N Cox75
10E Perry69

Most Wickets

1J Savage5
2=A Peterson4
2=E Richardson4
2=F Mackay4
5=E Black3
5=Lauren Heaps3
5=R Mair3
5=S Asmussen3
9=B Molony2
9=C Esterhuizen2

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