She did it! Lauren Down tons up. PHOTOSPORT

Down does it!


Colin Maiden Park, Auckland
2 December 2018

Result: Auckland Hearts won by 7 wickets 


There was a heartfelt ovation at Colin Maiden Park as Auckland Hearts opener Lauren Down (below) finally sealed her maiden List A century in a seven-wicket win over Northern Spirit, to keep her side in touch with the early leaders.

With captain Maddy Green, Down also set a new second-wicket partnership record in one-day matches between the two teams, breaking a 17-year-old mark of 99 that had been set by Emily Drumm and Michelle Lynch in in 2001/02.

Green and Down were in formidable touch. PHOTOSPORT

It was a day of statchat during the match with Arlene Kelly playing her 50th List-A game for the Hearts, and Katie Perkins later crossing the 2000-run mark in her List-A career.

Arlene Kelly gained her 50th cap

Down's 108 was one of two maiden centuries in the match, Spirit opener Katie Gurrey (below) getting the day's statchat underway with 102 off 113 balls, after having been sent in by Green.

With support for Gurrey from Bernadine Bezuidenhout (47), Spirit had set the Hearts a chase of 221, but the defending champions cruised home with almost 10 overs to spare.

A maiden century on the losing side for Katie Gurrey. PHOTOSPORT

Down's century was all the more poignant after the 23-year-old had just missed out, dismissed for 96 in the first round of the season while just one stroke away from hitting the winning runs in a four-wicket win over the Canterbury Magicians.

Today's victory backed up the Hearts' 7-run DLS win over the Spirit yesterday on Round 3. Round Five begins this coming Saturday in Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton.

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Auckland Hearts 6 6 0 0 0 0 5 29 1.60
2 Central Hinds 6 5 1 0 0 0 4 24 1.05
3 Wellington Blaze 6 3 3 0 0 0 2 14 0.17
4 Otago Sparks 6 2 4 0 0 0 1 9 -0.77
5 Canterbury Magicians 6 2 4 0 0 0 0 8 -0.48
6 Northern Spirit 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 -1.51

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

Most Runs

1F Mackay452
2L Down323
3N Dodd289
4Kate Ebrahim266
5Alice Davidson-Richards191
6C Gurrey190
7Maddy Green185
8E Perry180
9K Perkins176
10A van Deventer174

Most Wickets

1R Mair11
2D Doughty10
3M Rees9
4=Alice Davidson-Richards8
4=Amelia Kerr8
4=B Armstrong8
7=A Evans7
7=L Doolan7
7=Leigh Kasperek7
10=E Brown6


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