A brilliant over from Caitlin King rocked the Magicians | PHOTOSPORT

Red alert for Magicians after record drubbing

2022/23 HALLYBURTON JOHNSTONE SHIELD

ROUND TWO

Sunday 20 November 2022

Mainpower Oval, Rangiora

CANTERBURY MAGICIANS lost to WELLINGTON BLAZE

by 127 runs

Points this round: Magicians 0, Blaze 5

SCORECARD

Selected milestones

Nicole Baird: Wellington Blaze debut, Maiden List A wicket

Canterbury Magicians' lowest Hallyburton Johnstone Shield team total

After a Round One washout on the previous day, the Canterbury Magicians and Wellington Blaze were looking forward to getting on the park at last in the second round.

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But it would prove a day to forget for the hosts, who suffered a cataclysmic defeat. The new-look Magicians were without influential captain and spearhead Frankie Mackay in the second innings who was unable to bat after an injury, and they were already without the stabilising influence of regular superstar Amy Satterthwaite (away coaching in the WBBL).

The fresh-look order went on to suffer the most dramatic defeat in their one-day HBJ history at the hands of a ruthless Wellington Blaze pack.

In a match reduced to 44 overs by the weather, the Blaze had posted 178/9 at Mainpower Oval, after having been sent in by the Magicians.

But the Magicians would get nowhere near their target of 179, bowled out for just 51 with only 19.2 of the 44 overs required by the visitors.

It was Canterbury's lowest ever List A one-day total, rewriting the previous Canterbury record of 56 scored against South Australia in Adelaide in 1976, and their previous lowest NZC Domestic total of 63 scored against the Blaze at Karori Park in the 2018/19 Hallyburton Johnstone Shield.

Only two batters broke into double digits and a chaotic 19th over saw the loss of four quick wickets. Caitlin King trapped Jacinta Savage and Lea Tahuhu off the first two balls, dotting down for the third.

Non-striker Izzy Sharp was run out off the fourth delivery, and King took her third wicket next ball with Gabby Sullivan bowled for a golden duck.

King finished with an outstanding return of 3-1 off her solitary over, Blaze captain Dee Doughty finishing off the innings a few balls later for her own tidy haul of 2-8 off 2.2 overs.

Spinner Nicole Baird meanwhile claimed a maiden wicket on debut.

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