A stunning maiden century | PHOTOSPORT

Maiden McFadyen ton a Dunner stunner



University of Otago Oval | 23 February 2020


Wellington Blaze bowed out of the 2019/20 Hallyburton Johnstone Shield in style with a 131-win over the Otago Sparks that included a ground-breaking century to Jess McFadyen - the opening bat in sublime touch with an unbeaten 153* off just 130 balls to set up Blaze's weighty total of 329 for five.

It was McFadyen's maiden List A century - previous best 63; and, the highest score by any Blaze opening batsman - propelling her side to their second highest ever one-day total. The whopping score was just 10 runs short of the capital team's record 339 for nine set at Karori Park in 2015/16 against Northern Spirit.

Blaze have been rebuilding their side and headed into the business end of the season minus a raft of WHITE FERNS on international duty.

Captain Dee Doughty had won the toss, hungry for the team to finish the one-day summer on a strong note and electing to set the struggling Sparks a chase.

Despite a brave partnership between Sparks captain Bella James (60) and Caitlin Blakely (an unbeaten career best 75) that reached 135 for the second wicket, the chase was a tough ask for the young Sparks who would end their one-day season winless after nine losses and a washout.

• While Wellington Blaze exit the 2019/20 Hallyburton Johnstone Shield after this last round, it will not be the end of the season for the side who will meet the Central Hinds in a one-off, free admission 40 Not Out T20 at Palmerston North's Fitzherbert Park on 28 March 2020 to mark the Hinds' 40th anniversary season.

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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