A memorable three days of New Zealand women’s domestic cricket was topped off today by a Frances Mackay hat-trick in the Canterbury Magicians’ round six win in the 2015/16 Women’s One-Day competition.
Off-spinner Mackay (4-35) claimed her four wickets with her last five balls — including the hat-trick with her final three deliveries, as she dismissed Alisha Rout (lbw), Emma Parker (lbw) and Natalie Edwards (bowled), all for no score, under refreshingly blue skies at Rangiora’s Mainpower Oval.
Mackay had stopped Northern Spirit in 44.2 overs in a 45-over match, but a towering 92 from opener Natalie Dodd had ensured a competitive 205 was on the board for the visitors. After the Magicians got off to a shaky start with the quick loss of both openers, captain Amy Satterthwaite steadied the ship with 60, assisted by young fellow WHITE FERN Thamsyn Newton whose 64 was her maiden domestic one-day half century.
The Magicians required 59 from their last 15 overs, a target that looked in doubt only when Satterthwaite was caught at mid-off; Kate Anderson springing to life with two wickets in the 31st over.
But Jacinta Savage, Kirsty Nation and then Lea Tahuhu combined to get the hosts home for a four-wicket victory, Savage clipping the winning runs with almost four overs to spare.
Domestic competition resumes on Friday 29 January (Women’s Twenty20, round four), followed on 30 and 31 January by rounds seven and eight of the Women’s One-Day Competition at Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North (Central Hinds v Wellington Blaze), Hagley Oval, Christchurch (Canterbury Magicians v Otago Sparks) and Bruce Pulman Park, Auckland (Auckland Hearts v Northern Spirit).