Canterbury Magicians lost to Northern Spirit by 5 wickets
Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 16 November 2019
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Canterbury Magicians captain Frances Mackay chalked up the first century of the New Zealand domestic white-ball summer, but a ferocious career best from opening counterpart Katie Gurrey saw Northern Spirit take a rare, big win off the hosts to open the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield season with a bang.
A century for Katie Gurrey! She hits a four on 99 to move to 103* not out! What a knock from our opener!— Northern Districts (@ndcricket) November 16, 2019
We're 203/2 in the 37th
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Gurrey’s 123 off 121 balls was just her second one-day century and underpinned the upset, batting through into the 45th over. By the time she was finally dismissed, her side needed just 14 further runs to tick off a five-wicket win with four overs to spare.
First game of the season today for our Magicians and we are at home at Hagley Oval against the Northen Districts Spirit in Round 1 of the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield.— Canterbury Cricket (@CanterburyCrick) November 15, 2019
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Earlier, Mckay had blazed 13 boundaries in a knock of 103 — her ninth one-day hundred for Canterbury, in her 99th match — but there’s no doubting she’d prefer a win for her 100th cap tomorrow.
Batting into the 42nd over with support from first drop Jacinta Savage (54) and Natalie Cox (a career best, unbeaten 54*), Mackay ensured her side was able to post a healthy 261 for four after she had elected to bat first at Hagley — but Northern Spirit’s top order were up for the challenge.
Gurrey combined with WHITE FERN Bernadine Bezuidenhout (46) in a 110-run opening stand, then put on 88 for the third wicket with new Spirit captain Felicity Leydon-Davis who was in sight of a half century before she was bowled by Jacinta Savage on 42.