Sam Curtis stepped up for the Hearts. Images: Photosport

Hinds melt against vengeful Hearts

The Auckland Hearts gained speedy revenge for their T20 loss with a 65-run victory over the Central Hinds on Bert Sutcliffe Oval in the first of two post-Christmas one-dayers at Lincoln.

Having opted to bat, putting 249/9 on the board got the Hearts into a healthy position.

They'd recovered from Hannah Rowe making an early breakthrough on behalf of the Hinds — the Manawatu and WHITE FERNS seamer bowling Hearts captain Victoria Lind in the third over for just seven.

Fellow opening bat Samantha Curtis (62) and the energetic Katie Perkins (40) kept the score ticking, and provided their side with a solid platform before they were out to the bowling of Greig and Rowe, in the 26th and 31st over respectively.

The remainder of the order looked for quick runs to layer on top of their platform of 163/4, with Holly Huddleston finding four boundaries in her run-a-ball 28.

The Hinds struggled to imitate such momentum in their chase.

Both Melissa Hansen (3) and Michelle Mitchell (12) were out within the first four overs, the Central Hinds' 2015 young player of the year Jess Watkin offered some much-needed resistance.

Her patient 67 from 97 balls gave the Hinds a chance, but no one could stay long enough with her.

By the time Kate Baxter (22 from 42 balls) and Mikeala Greig (18 not out from 37) dug in at the end, the Hearts were already firmly in control of their destiny and ultimately dismissed them for 184 in the 48th over.


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