A searing performance with the ball extinguished the Blaze. PHOTOSPORT

Hearts pip Blaze in key win

The two teams that will contest this season's Hallyburton Johnstone Shield Grand Final have been found. Now the only question to be answered — tomorrow (Sunday) — is where next week's national one-day Final will be played.
A dominant, nine-wicket win over the Otago Sparks in Palmerston North gave the Central Hinds a bonus-point victory this afternoon, which — when the Hearts subsequently eliminated Wellington Blaze from the reckoning with a last-over 13-run victory in Auckland, later in the afternoon — was enough for the Hinds to lock in the last qualifying berth, with tomorrow's round to spare.
Had the Blaze got up over the Hearts, the two finalists would be heading into tomorrow's Round 10 with just one point separating them in the race to qualify top and host the Grand Final. However, the Hearts' victory at Colin Maiden Park, with five balls to spare, means they will take a five-point lead into tomorrow's last round of the regular season.
That means that if the Hinds are to get up and host the Final, they will now need another bonus-point win over the Sparks; a loss for the Hearts against the Blaze tomorrow; and, an improvement in their own net run rate in the process — making the Hearts odds-on favourites for the Grand FInal hosting rights.
The Hearts' team effort of 211 for nine batting first set up their win under pressure. Half centuries from visiting captain Liz Perry and fellow former WHITE FERN Thamsyn Newton (53) gave the Blaze excellent chance of chasing that tally down, however, the loss of Perry — stumped on 55 in the 39th over — triggered a cataclysm of seven wickets in the last 11 overs that saw the Wellingtonians dive from 149 for three to 198 all out.
Holly Huddleston (3-32) and Bella Armstrong (2-41) profited in the wicket column, with two runouts also aiding the Hearts in their cause.
  • It was the 200th match for the Auckland Hearts in the national one-day competition
  • Hallyburton Johnstone Shield debut for Amie Hucker (Auckland Hearts)
  • Auckland Hearts captaincy debut: Regina Lili'i
  • Record 9th wicket partnership for Auckland Hearts v Wellington Blaze (30 — previously 27* by MP Murphy/PA Gruber at Upper Hutt, 2007/08)
  • Caitlin King was Arlene Kelly's 50th List A wicket

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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