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Gurrey in a hurry again


Otago Sparks lost to Northern Spirit by 9 wickets

University of Otago Oval, Dunedin, 30 November 2019


Ella Brown's first match as captain of the young Otago Sparks side turned out to be one of those days, as the hosts took a nine-wicket drubbing at the hands of a resurgent Northern Spirit.

Winning the toss was one of the few things that went right for Brown who would become one of two Sparks to depart scoreless in an innings in which only two players cracked double figures.

Hayley Jensen's unbeaten 64* stood out like a beacon after Spirit's Lily Mulivai knocked over the top order with the help of Caroline Esterhuizen, the Sparks quickly in trouble at 35 for four.

The Samoa Women international finished with a one-day career-best 2-8 while the Sparks, save for WHITE FERN Jensen, fell over like a row of dominoes to be all out for 120 in 41 overs - Jensen accounting for more than half the team's runs.

Spinner Eimear Richardson finished with 3-35 off her 10 with Esterhuizen and Lauren Heaps each also picked up a brace, as the Spirit batsmen strapped up early ready to chase down an unthreatening total.

Spirit's top order have been in cracking form, and Katie Gurrey continued her solid early start to the season with an unbeaten 80* off 67 balls.

The Sparks got a consolation top order wicket when Jensen removed Alisha Rout in the third over, but there was little more consolation for the hosts as Spirit chased down the runs with more than half the innings to spare for an early finish and a valuable bonus point.

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Auckland Hearts 6 5 1 0 0 0 3 23 1.06
2 Northern Spirit 6 5 1 0 0 0 2 22 0.86
3 Central Hinds 6 2 2 0 1 1 2 14 0.09
4 Canterbury Magicians 6 2 3 0 0 1 0 10 -0.53
5 Wellington Blaze 6 1 3 0 1 1 1 9 0.05
6 Otago Sparks 6 0 5 0 0 1 0 2 -1.86

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 Gurrey478
2F Mackay429
3=Jess Watkin266
3=K Perkins266
5Hayley Jensen233
6N Cox201
7B Bezuidenhout194
8N Dodd193
9F Leydon-Davis191
10K Anderson174

Most Wickets

1B Armstrong16
2E Richardson13
3A Peterson10
4F Mackay9
5Hayley Jensen8
6=C Esterhuizen7
6=Holly Huddleston7
6=J Kerr7
6=J Savage7
6=L Kasperek7

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