At the Basin Reserve, all eyes were on a pivotal clash between Wellington Blaze and the Canterbury Magicians, the Blaze fighting to overtake the Central Hinds at the business end of the competition.
Blaze closed that former 10-point gap by four points today with a much needed five-wicket win.
The visitors got off to a shaky start after having been sent in, before WHITE FERN Kate Ebrahim's half century (52 off 79 balls) helped resuscitate the innings from 16/3. Batting at seven, young Ally Mace-Cochrane also reached a half century in the team's tally of 223 for nine, finishing unbeaten on 55* off 60 balls.
However, it wasn't enough to extinguish the Blaze who got off to a solid start in reply, powerful Rebecca Burns (above, PHOTOSPORT) booming a half century at the top (52 off 68 balls) and dominating a 51-run opening stand with Lucy Doolan. When Doolan was run out, WHITE FERN Amelia Kerr (40) combined with Burns for a further 7.4 overs before an unbeaten 47* from Thamsyn Newton helped bring home the win, and the points, with just seven balls to spare (below, PHOTOSPORT).
- Ally Mace-Cochrane: career best women's List A score
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|
Grand Final - Auckland Hearts won by 67 runs