Hearts trump the Sparks. PHOTOSPORT

Hearts stay unbeaten in southern raid



by 7 wickets at University of Otago Oval
8 December 2018


Sent in, the Otago Sparks were in for a tough weekend against the rampaging Hearts, one of the two unbeaten sides as the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield reached the fifth of 10 rounds.

Openers Polly Inglis and Olivia Gain started well and put on a half-century stand in a weather-affected match reduced to 34 overs.

However, when the start was broken, things rapidly went south for the hosts. It was a special day for Sparks captain Katey Martin playing her 155th match for her team - beating Canterbury's Chris Harris as the cricketer to have played the most games for a single Major Association team in New Zealand.

But there were no special allowances as the popular veteran was given out for a golden duck.

The Sparks could only muster 137 for seven wickets against the disciplined Hearts attack on a bowler-friendly surface, but as usual the Hearts' line-up made it look easy.

WHITE FERN Anna Peterson exited to the second ball of the innings, but half centuries to both captain Maddy Green and Katie Perkins saw the city slickers reach the modest target in just the 23rd over.

The sole consolation for the Sparks was keeper Martin celebrating her 100th catch with the dismissal of Lauren Down.

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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