ONE-DAY ROUND ONE — Canterbury Magicians 232/7 (Frances Mackay 95 not out, Rachel Candy 39; Eimear Richardson 3-28) beat Wellington Blaze 149 all out in 43.3 overs (Richardson 39, Amelia Kerr career-best 58) by 83 runs on 26 November 2016 at the Basin Reserve, Wellington
Rain delayed the start of the star-studded match between Wellington Blaze and the Canterbury Magicians at the Basin where new Blaze captain Liz Perry won the toss and had no hesitation in sending in Amy Satterthwaite's Canterbury Magicians.
After a further shower, the match eventually got underway shortly before noon, former Central Hind Kate Broadmore making her Canterbury debut at first drop behind openers Frances Macky and Satterthwaite in a match that contained no fewer than eight current members of the WHITE FERNS.
Satterthwaite whipped 11 runs off Alex Evans’s first over on the way to a quick 21, but the fast start came to an abrupt end when Deanna Doughty tempted a false shot from the form WHITE FERN straight to Eimear Richardson.
Sophie Devine’s entrance in the 10th over produced a wicket first ball as Broadmore was well taken in the slips, Jess McFadyen swooping for the low take to have the Magicians 38/2.
New WHITE FERN Amelia Kerr entered the action in the 24th over shortly after her New Zealand teammate Thamsyn Newton had departed on 23.
Mackey and Hayley Jensen got the Magicians’ hundred on the board in the 26th, Richardson (10-1-28-3) having produced a double strike that had accounted for both Newton, caught and bowled, then Erin Bermingham (lbw) in short succession. When Jensen also departed cheaply, Richardson had her three-for.
Anchor Frances Mackay was harder to budge, however, and reached a deserved half century in the 37th over with a single off Kerr, the Magicians’ 150 going on the board next over, then a 50-stand with Rachel Candy for the sixth wicket off just 63 balls to take them to 161/5 at the 40-over mark.
The partnership flourished, reaching 93 before Devine did it again — coming in for a new spell and striking very first ball. The wicket was Candy’s, caught on 39, Mackay on 77 just as the team 200 had been clocked. A further 32 runs would be found as Mackay carried her bat for an unbeaten 95 off 140 balls, the total also boosted by 20 extras on a gusty day.
Blaze’s response was chastened early by Lea Tahuhu, who moved the ball off the seam and in the air to have Rachel Priest and Fran Wilson caught. Sophie Devine fell victim to a tough lbw shout to have the Blaze reeling at 23 for three inside the first six overs, then captain Perry top-edged Erin Bermingham, Amy Satterthwaite doing well to judge the skied catch in the windy conditions: 42/4.
By drinks the picture was ever bleaker for the Blaze, anchorwoman Richardson missing a sweep against Jensen after a positive 39. The train was set in motion for a tough afternoon, Richardson and 16-year-old Amelia Kerr ultimately the only Blaze batsmen to score more than the Extras column.
Nine down, Kerr and Deanna Doughty had needed to find the last 100 runs at a rate of 9.52 per over, a nigh impossible task despite the ever-surprising Kerr more than doubling her previous career best of 21 with a maiden 58, her half century arriving off 88 balls.
The Blaze will look to turn the tables at the same location tomorrow, starting from 10am.