3000 runs for Canterbury captain Frances Mackay. PHOTOSPORT

Defending champions go two from two


Canterbury Magicians v Northern Spirit at Hagley Oval, Lincoln on 26 November 2017


    •    Frances Mackay reached 3000 one-day runs for the Canterbury Magicians

Northern Spirit captain Natalie Dodd again led from the front in Sunday’s one-day rematch at Hagley Oval, but this time she would receive back-up on the scoreboard from only former South Africa rep Bernadine Bezuidenhout, whose half century was vital to Spirit getting 207 on the tins.

Bernadine Bezuidenhout showed her style. PHOTOSPORT

It was a somewhat disappointing tally for the clearly revitalised Spirit after Dodd had won the toss and plastered 62 off 88 balls, once again steadily anchoring the team to, and through, the 30-over mark.

However, the Magicians’ attack was going from strength to strength, and was fired up to make it two in a row in the one-day format.

Captain Frankie Mackay led the way herself with a caught and bowled to dispatch Katie Gurrey after just a start of 22, then spun her way to 3-36 off her nine overs, well supported by the rest of her bowlers.

The chase didn’t really threaten the Mags this time, even as Spirit came back into the match with a blast of quick middle order wickets after Kate Ebrahim fell in the 34th over, Regina Lili’i grabbing 3-22.

WHITE FERNS star Satterthwaite helped take control of the chase. PHOTOSPORT

Mackay has already ensured a sound start with what would eventuate into a unbeaten 57, carrying her bat as she patiently anchored the win, while first drop Amy Satterthwaite fell just two shy of her own half ton — by which time the hosts had chipped off more than half the required runs.

The position was such that ultimately the Magicians cruised in to the finish line with almost seven overs to spare.

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