Hearts take down Spirit

The Auckland Hearts rode to an easy seven wicket victory over the Northern Spirit in their Twenty20 game at Melville Park, Auckland. 

The Hearts took full advantage having opted to bowl first, dismissing the visitors for a disappointing 68. The Spirit were then unable to cause the collapse they needed and saw their total surpassed after 15.5 overs.

Openers Sam Curtis and Megan Tremaine led the pursuit, putting on 29 for the first wicket before Curtis was caught on 20. 

Maddy Green came in and made ten and Victoria Lind was dismissed for just one, but all the meanwhile Tremaine was slowly edging her side towards the target. 

Alongside Katie Perkins (5) she successfully secured the win with a little over four overs remaining.
Earlier, run-outs had ravaged the Spirit, who lost four wickets from poor running between the wickets. 

The first of those was in-form opener Anna Peterson, who was found short of her ground on just the second ball of the game. 

Naomi Stalenburg was the next to go, falling the same way for 12. Wickets began to tumble thick and fast, with veteran Nicola Browne the only player able to stick around. 

Halfway through the innings the Spirit were reeling at 31 for six. 

Browne made things slightly better, with a handy 32 not out from 40 balls. Her lack of a partner though told in the end, as the visitors were skittled for their lowest total of the season. 

The win elevates the Hearts to fourth on the table, while the Spirit are stuck in sixth. 

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