ROUND 7 of 10
NORTHERN SPIRIT defeated WELLINGTON BLAZE BY 121 runs
Cobham Oval | Whangarei
1 February 2020
List A debut for Northern Spirit: Mikayla Templeton, Holly Topp, Lucy Boucher
List A debut for Wellington Blaze: Priyanaz Chatterji, Olivia Boivin, Natasha Codyre
It was the beginning of a perfect and ground-breaking weekend for Northern Spirit who were getting closer and closer to qualifying for New Zealand's national women's one-day Final for the first time in their 30-year history.
At a warm Cobham Oval, the side dominated Wellington Blaze from the outset with a 121-run victory to open their fun weekend at home.
It was certainly an enjoyable way for Northland's own Makayla Templeton to make her Women's List A debut - watching her teammates plaster on a hefty 265 for three in the baking conditions.
Eimear Richardson had joined in the fun at 98 for one, after Katie Gurrey had been trapped halfway through the innings for a polished 52.
Richardson carried on for almost the rest of the innings, her departure on 97 at the death putting the only dampener on Spirit's mood.
She had shared a 101-run partnership for the third wicket with opener Felicity Leydon-Davis (69), setting up the strong total.
WWW!! 🏏— Northern Districts (@ndcricket) February 1, 2020
Kate Anderson putting the @Wgtn_Blaze in a spin as she takes three wickets in her first eight balls â˜ï¸â˜ï¸â˜ï¸
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Rolled for 141 with a handful of overs to spare, Blaze just couldn't match that as spinner Kate Anderson twirled her way to a career-best five-wicket bag (5-30 off 9.1 overs).
Templeton (2-26) meanwhile claimed her first two wickets in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield.
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|