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.

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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