Bates ton sets up win for Sparks

The Otago Sparks have moved into second place following an impressive 49 run win in the 50-over competition against the Wellington Blaze at Lincoln Green, Lincoln.

After opting to bat, Otago scored an imposing 332 for four in their 50-overs and then bowled out Wellington for 283.

Otago’s total was built around a sparkling century from captain Suzie Bates who carved 164 not out.

Bates hit nine boundaries and one sixes in her 140-ball knock, while opener Nicole Bolton smashed nine boundaries in her innings of 79.

The Wellington batsmen gave the total a reasonable nudge with Suzie McDonald reaching 50, Michelle Bunkall hitting 74 and Thamsyn Newton making 43 not out.

Spinner Emma Campbell was Otago’s best bowler with four for 43.

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