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Big win for Hearts


Auckland Hearts beat the Canterbury Magicians by 124 runs

Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland, 30 November 2019


The Auckland Hearts scored valuable points of both the literal and metaphorical kind with a comfortable victory in their first home match of the 2019/20 summer.

Four wickets in the space of 11 balls in the 34th and 35th overs of the chase had the visitors hanging on by a thread - Holly Huddleston putting herself on a hat-trick and ultimately claiming three in the space of four balls in the dramatic 34th.

Earlier, Hearts captain Anna Peterson had won a toss and, despite the early loss of Lauren Down, her top order strung together a few partnerships to get a competitive total underway.

The Hearts had reached 100 for no further loss with Saachi Shahri (47) and Natasha van Tilburg (35) going strong in an 81-run stand before Sarah Asmussen broke through for the second wicket.

Shahri was joined by Katie Perkins and, while Shahri just missed out on a half century when Frankie Mackay (2-30) came on and had her caught two overs later, veteran Perkins continued her strong showing with the bat already this summer as she recombined with Peterson for the fourth wicket.

Perkins would stick around for almost the rest of the innings for her top score of 60, the middle to lower order chipping in around her as the Hearts made it to 50 overs for a healthy score of 258 for six.

The Canterbury Magicians needed a good start in reply but lost a big wicket in the eighth over when dangerwoman Mackay was run out on 24.

The breakthrough triggered something of a spree from the Hearts attack with Bella Armstong zeroing in on three top wickets in the space of six overs and Peterson meanwhile removing Kirsty Nation cheaply to have the Magicians under pressure at 61/5 in the 17th over.

Laura Hughes and Ella Chandler dug in for a 65-run stand but when Hughes became the first of Huddleston's victims, bowled in the busy 34th over, a tough chase only got tougher as the Hearts quickly tightened their grip.

Huddleston finished with 3-42 off her eight, and Armstrong 3-26 off 10 in a resounding win for the hosts.

The two sides will meet again at Eden Park Outer Oval in round four tomorrow.

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Central Hinds 4 2 0 0 1 1 2 14 1.17
2 Northern Spirit 4 3 1 0 0 0 1 13 0.66
3 Auckland Hearts 4 3 1 0 0 0 1 13 0.40
4 Wellington Blaze 4 1 2 0 1 0 1 7 0.08
5 Canterbury Magicians 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 -0.66
6 Otago Sparks 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 2 -1.34

Order in the Table Determined by: 1. Total Points, 2. Number of Wins, 3. Number of Bonus Points, 4. Net Run Rate (NRR - NRR For minus NRR Against over the whole competition)

Points Awarded: Won - 4, Lost - 0, Tied - 2, No Result - 2, Abandoned - 2, Bonus Point (Run Rate 1.25x Opponents') - 1

Grand Final - 14 Mar 2020

Most Runs

1C Gurrey338
2F Mackay314
3K Perkins240
4Jess Watkin194
5N Dodd166
6J McFadyen154
7A Peterson153
8Hayley Jensen151
9N Cox136
10K Anderson135

Most Wickets

1E Richardson9
2=B Armstrong8
2=F Mackay8
2=Hayley Jensen8
5J Savage7
6=A Peterson6
6=Lauren Heaps6
8=Holly Huddleston5
8=J Kerr5
10=C Esterhuizen4

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