Central Hinds lost to Wellington Blaze by two wickets
Donnelly Park, Levin
6 December 2020
Melissa Hansen 50th List A match for Hinds
Hannah Rowe maiden List A half century
Georgia Atkinson maiden List A half century
Rowe and Atkinson record 7th wicket partnership for Central Hinds
After a shock batting collapse that had the hitherto unbeaten Central Hinds 64 for six - after electing to bat in sunny conditions at Donnelly Park, Hannah Rowe and Georgia Atkinson each posted timely maiden half centuries as the Central Hinds fought to hold onto their top spot.
The pair combined across the back half of the innings after the sixth wicket had fallen in the 25th over.
WHITE FERN Rowe had never posted a half century at List A level before, despite a history of strong contributions for the side and other partnership records.
She picked a good moment for her side, top-scoring with 62 off 101 balls while Atkinson reached 58 off 72 for her maiden effort.
The stand of 111 was a new seventh wicket record for the Hinds, but Kate Chandler claimed 3-39 for the Blaze who had made a tearaway start to the innings with the ball to get on top early.
Chandler had removed run machine Natalie Dodd before she got going, while Maneka Singh got the big wicket of Jess Watkin, caught by Rebecca Burns off her first over for no score.
It was a double blow for the Hinds who struggled to recover until the experienced Rowe combined with her Manawatu teammate.
In reply, the Blaze had Jess Kerr back to bolster the batting and needed a strong start.
Rebecca Burns delivered with 33 at the top, but Claudia Green got an early wicket for her birthday and then a runout as well to have the Blaze 38/2.
The Hinds kept chipping out wickets at regular intervals, but form number five Jess McFadyen once again powered up with the bat for the Wellington side.
The Blaze were eight down at the death but McFadyen was still there, with six runs needed off the last 15 balls.
Natasha Codyre stayed with her for the last three overs for McFadyen to fittingly hit the winning runs with seven balls to spare, finishing unbeaten on 63 not out.
The Blaze was on the board.