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

Competition Winner: Auckland Hearts

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Northern Spirit 10 8 1 0 1 0 3 37 0.84
2 Auckland Hearts 10 6 3 0 1 0 3 29 0.44
3 Canterbury Magicians 10 5 4 0 0 1 2 24 0.25
4 Central Hinds 10 4 4 0 1 1 3 23 0.30
5 Wellington Blaze 10 3 5 0 1 1 3 19 0.13
6 Otago Sparks 10 0 9 0 0 1 0 2 -2.11

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

Most Runs

1C Gurrey576
2F Mackay569
3F Leydon-Davis421
4J McFadyen400
5=Jess Watkin385
5=N Dodd385
7K Perkins329
8N Cox286
9A Kelly273
10L Down261

Most Wickets

1B Armstrong24
2E Richardson22
3=F Mackay13
3=S Asmussen13
5=A Peterson11
5=H Rowe11
5=K Anderson11
8=E Black10
8=G Sullivan10
8=J Savage10

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