Magicians, Hearts, Districts register wins in seventh round of HBJ Shield
Lauren Down, Kate Ebrahim, & Eimear Richardson. © Getty Images
With the Super Smash coming to an end last week, New Zealand players were back in action in the seventh round of Hallyburton Johnstone Shield on Saturday (February 20). Canterbury Magicians, Auckland Hearts and Northern Districts ended up on the winning side, with the Magicians leading the points table.
Kate Ebrahim, who was selected for the England T20I series, celebrated her national call up with an unbeaten century for Canterbury Magicians against Central Hinds. Apart from her and the other opener Emma Kench, no other player crossed the 30-run mark.
It was Ebrahim who held the innings together, while wickets kept falling at the other end. The 29-year-old amassed 108 runs from 150 balls and helped the Magicians go past the 100-run mark. They eventually finished with 228 for seven in 50 overs. The second-best score in the innings came from the 49 extras, with the Hinds bowling 38 wides.
Chasing four and a half runs per over, the Hinds got off to a bad start as they lost Jess Watkins early. Anlo van Deventer, Emily Cunningham and KA Tomlinson all got starts but failed to convert it into a big score. The Magicians bowlers kept pegging away with wickets at regular intervals, and the Hinds were all out for 150 in 43.4 overs.
Jessica Simmons was the pick of the bowlers as she took three wickets for 32 in her ten overs.
In their clash against Wellington Blaze, Auckland Hearts were off to a good start after being inserted to bat. Although Anna Peterson got out for 24 from 26 balls, after a 43-run opening stand, skipper Lauren Down scored a half-century. She built partnerships will Arlene Kelly and Katie Perkins before getting out to a 79-ball 69.
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Every time a partnership was blooming, the Blaze bowlers picked up a wicket keeping the Hearts at bay. Some late hitting from Regina Lili'i and Jesse Ellen Indira Prasad helped them finish with 285 for seven in 50 overs. Blaze skipper Thamsyn Newton led from the front with three wickets for 36 runs in her seven overs.
Jessica McFadyen and Rebecca Burns provided a steady start for the Blaze in the chase before Anna Peterson dismissed the latter. Caitlin King, Newton and Maneka Singh fell cheaply, while McFayden held fort at one end. She built a partnership with Georgia Ellen Plimmer, adding 66 runs for the fourth wicket.
McFadyen scored 75 from 93 balls before getting out to Rosalind McNeill. With their lower-order crumbling to the Hearts' bowling, the Blaze managed to finish at 175 for nine in 39.4 overs. With Leigh Kasperek not available to bat, Hearts won with a bonus point.
Meanwhile, Northern Districts registered a 72-run win over Otago Sparks, thanks to Eimear Richardson's allround efforts.
The Districts openers Caitlin Gurrey and Olivia Lobb provided them with the necessary start adding 65 runs together before the former got out to Emma Carson for 37 runs. Lobb, however, scored a half-century and kept the innings going with Kate Anderson. While the wicket-keeper batter made 51 runs, Anderson fell three runs short of her fifty.
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Felicity Leydon-Davis and Richardson then took charge of the Districts' innings, scoring 80 runs in 68 balls for the fourth wicket. Richardson was the aggressor in the partnership smashing 72 runs from 48 balls. The Districts finished with 289 for seven in 50 overs.
Chasing close to six runs an over, the Sparks lost Saffron Wilson early. Though their skipper Isabella James scored a fighting half-century, others did not provide ample support. Sophie Oldershaw was the second in the batting charts with 36 runs from 58 balls. Richardson took four crucial wickets for just 37 runs as the Sparks were all out for 217 in 49.2 overs.
Canterbury Magicians: 228/7 (Kate Ebrahim 102*, Claudia Green 1/29) beat Central Hinds: 150/10 in 43.4 overs (Monique Rees 20, Jessica Simmons 3/32) by 78 runs.
Auckland Hearts: 285/7 in 50 overs (Lauren down 69, Thamsyn Newton 3/36) beat Wellington Blaze: 175/9 in 39.4 overs (Jessica McFadyen 75, Anna Peterson 3/43) by 110 runs.
Northern Districts: 289/7 in 50 overs (Eimear Richardson 72, EJ Carson 3/69) beat Otago sparks: 217/10 in 49.2 overs (Isabella James 50, Eimear Richardson 4/37) by 68 runs.