Katey Martin fell just one stroke short of a century. File photo | PHOTOSPORT

96 for Katey Martin as Sparks win again



With now just two rounds remaining, the Sparks kept Northern Spirit winless for the season with a 39-run victory set up by WHITE FERN Katey Martin’s 96 in a tally of 251 all out.

With Suzie Bates having got the Sparks off to strong start with 45 at the top, the Northerners did well to bowl out the hosts in the 49th over, Carolyn Estherhuizen picking up four wickets.

The Spirit then got off to a strong start themselves, Katie Gurrey (32) and Alisha Rout (57) putting on 72 for the first wicket — but the breakthrough by Bates triggered a succession of regular wickets with Sam Curtis (48 at six) and Estherhuizen (32 at eight) the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

The wickets were shared around the Sparks attack with Northern bowled out in the 45th over for a 39-run win.

Scorecard

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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