Jacinta Savage struck the winning runs in an unbeaten half century | PHOTOSPORT

Magicians profit from Southern derby

ROUND 7 of 10


Mainpower Oval | Rangiora

1 February 2020


Still in contention, the Canterbury Magicians were out to keep southern rivals the Otago Sparks winless in the penultimate weekend of the regular season.

Sent in on a scorching Canterbury country afternoon, the youthful Sparks got off to a good start thanks to Caitlin Blakely's 61 in a 41-opening stand with Olivia Gain. But after Gain became the first of Sarah Asmussen's four victims for the day, the visitors struggled to build another handy partnership.

Blakely watched on as nine of her teammates were dismissed at the other end, before becoming the last to fall with the tally at 118 in the 46th over. Nineteen-year-old Asmussen finished with a standout career best of 4-23 off her 10 overs, including two wicket maidens.

A career best four-fa for Sarah Asmussen | PHOTOSPORT

The Sparks bowlers had little to work with as the Magicians showed them how it's done, coasting home for a bonus point victory in the 28th over.

Jacinta Savage (52*) hit the winning boundary off Marina Lamplough to reach her well deserved half century off the same delivery, while Allie Mace-Cochrane contributed 38.

Emma Black had picked up Kirsty Nation in the first over, but there was little else for the Sparks to savour from another tough day in Rangiora.

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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