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.

Competition Winner: Auckland Hearts

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Northern Spirit 10 8 1 0 1 0 3 37 0.84
2 Auckland Hearts 10 6 3 0 1 0 3 29 0.44
3 Canterbury Magicians 10 5 4 0 0 1 2 24 0.25
4 Central Hinds 10 4 4 0 1 1 3 23 0.30
5 Wellington Blaze 10 3 5 0 1 1 3 19 0.13
6 Otago Sparks 10 0 9 0 0 1 0 2 -2.11

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

1Caitlin Gurrey576
2Frances Mackay569
3Felicity Leydon-Davis421
4Jessica McFadyen400
5=Jessica Watkin385
5=Natalie Dodd385
7Katie Perkins329
8Natalie Cox286
9Arlene Kelly273
10Lauren Down261

Most Wickets

1Bella Armstrong24
2Eimear Richardson22
3=Frances Mackay13
3=Sarah Asmussen13
5=Anna Peterson11
5=Hannah Rowe11
5=Kate Anderson11
8=Emma Black10
8=Gabrielle Sullivan10
8=Jacinta Savage10


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