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Watkin, Dodd smash national record


Central Hinds vs Wellington Blaze - no result (washed out)

Karori Park, Wellington,1 December 2019


Central Hinds Jess Watkin and Natalie Dodd smash landmark opening stand
• Watkin smashes career-best 158 in maiden century
• Watkin's innings the seventh highest all-time in Hallyburton Johnstone Shield
• Meanwhile, Spirit's win sets up top-of-the-table clash next weekend against defending champion Hinds

Jess Watkin's powerhouse 158 off 124 balls and opening partner Natalie Dodd's anchoring 75 in this afternoon's Hallyburton Johnstone Shield has seen the Central Hinds pair smash the opening wicket partnership record for New Zealand women's List A cricket.*
Erstwhile WHITE FERNS Watkin and Dodd poured on 216 for the first wicket against Wellington Blaze at Karori Park, eclipsing a national mark of 199 that had been held by Otago Sparks duo Paula Flannery and Elizabeth Scurr against the Auckland Hearts at Queenstown since 2004/05.
Whanganui-based Watkin's innings was the second highest individual score in the Central Hinds' 40-year history, caught just 11 runs shy of equalling captain Anlo van Deventer's unbeaten 169*, set earlier this year in Palmerston North.
Dodd was also in the thick of the statchat on that occasion, piling on a national record 328 for the second wicket with van Deventer in a breakthrough 2019/19 season for the Hinds.
At an overcast Karori Park today, Watkin and Dodd batted for 35 overs of a match reduced to a 40-over affair by rain early in the innings. Consistent run machine Dodd was the first to eventually depart when she was bowled by Deanna Doughty after two and a quarter hours of frustration for the Wellington Blaze attack.
The pair underpinned a Hinds total of 260 for three in their 40 overs, but their mammoth effort was in vain when rain returned early in the Blaze's chase, the match washed out and both sides sharing the points.
Defending champions the Central Hinds remain top of the table, the only unbeaten side after four rounds of the national one-day competition but a second win to Northern Spirit in Dunedin has seen their lead narrowed to a single point. The two sides will meet next weekend in a top-of-the-table clash at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.

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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