Katey Martin fell just one stroke short of a century. File photo | PHOTOSPORT

96 for Katey Martin as Sparks win again



With now just two rounds remaining, the Sparks kept Northern Spirit winless for the season with a 39-run victory set up by WHITE FERN Katey Martin’s 96 in a tally of 251 all out.

With Suzie Bates having got the Sparks off to strong start with 45 at the top, the Northerners did well to bowl out the hosts in the 49th over, Carolyn Estherhuizen picking up four wickets.

The Spirit then got off to a strong start themselves, Katie Gurrey (32) and Alisha Rout (57) putting on 72 for the first wicket — but the breakthrough by Bates triggered a succession of regular wickets with Sam Curtis (48 at six) and Estherhuizen (32 at eight) the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

The wickets were shared around the Sparks attack with Northern bowled out in the 45th over for a 39-run win.

Scorecard

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Auckland Hearts 5 4 1 0 0 0 2 18 0.98
2 Northern Spirit 5 4 1 0 0 0 1 17 0.78
3 Central Hinds 5 2 1 0 1 1 2 14 0.44
4 Canterbury Magicians 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 8 -0.53
5 Wellington Blaze 5 1 3 0 1 0 1 7 0.05
6 Otago Sparks 5 0 4 0 0 1 0 2 -1.89

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

1F Mackay429
2C Gurrey377
3K Perkins246
4Jess Watkin228
5N Cox201
6B Bezuidenhout194
7N Dodd176
8Hayley Jensen168
9K Anderson166
10F Leydon-Davis162

Most Wickets

1B Armstrong15
2E Richardson12
3F Mackay9
4=A Peterson8
4=Hayley Jensen8
6=J Kerr7
6=J Savage7
6=L Kasperek7
6=S Asmussen7
10=C Esterhuizen6

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