The undefeated Canterbury Magicians have put the finishing touches on a perfect Twenty20 season, winning the New Zealand women's domestic 2015/16 Final by seven wickets against the Central Hinds at Rangiora's Mainpower Oval.
Today's 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch was felt at the ground in the middle of the Final, but it did not rattle Magicians captain Amy Satterthwaite as she and dependable run machine Frances Mackay shared a 73-run stand for the first wicket to get their team well on the way to successfully hunting down the Hinds' 92 for nine.
Satterthwaite completed a starring all-round performance by top-scoring with a 44-ball 49 before she was bowled by the Hinds' young Mikaela Greig on the cusp of a half century.
Earlier, Central Hinds captain Kate Broadmore had opted to bat first, the Hinds captain likewise top-scoring for her team with a 50-ball 42.
But Canterbury's attack, consisting entirely of present or former WHITE FERNS, made regular breakthroughs around her, before Broadmore herself became the sixth to fall at the end of the 16th over.
It left the Hinds tailenders with a lot of ground to recover, but Amy Satterthwaite picked off a couple more wickets for figures of 3-11 off her four overs.
In their chase, the Magicians ticked off their winning runs from the last ball of the 17th over, just three wickets down.
Mackay had carried her bat for an unbeaten 26, ending the domestic Twenty20 competition as its most successful allrounder, in her 50th Twenty20 for the Magicians.
Yesterday, the Auckland Hearts defended the Women’s One-Day crown, taking out the 2016 title with an impressive eight-wicket win over Wellington Blaze at Auckland’s Melville Park:
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Women's cricket now moves back into international mode, the New Zealand WHITE FERNS beginning their three-match one-day Rose Bowl Series against Australia in Mount Maunganui on 20 February, followed by three Twenty20 Internationals in Wellington and New Plymouth ahead of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in India next month.