Satterthwaite, Mackay shine as Canterbury complete season double with HBJ Shield Title
Canterbury Magicians HBJ Shield 2021 Champions. © White Ferns Twitter
Allround performance from Amy Satterthwaite and a captain's knock from Frances Mackay helped the Canterbury Magicians trump the defending champions Auckland Hearts in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield final on Sunday(March 21) by eight wickets and complete the double for the season. Earlier, they had won the Super Smash Championship in February 2021.
After winning the toss and opting bat, the Hearts openers Lauren Down and Saachi Shahri provided them with a decent start before the former got out to Gabby Sullivan for 19 runs from 32 balls. Shahri fell shortly after to Kate Ebrahim for a 32-ball 14. With Sullivan trapping Arlene Kelly, they were reduced to 52 for three.
Katie Perkins tried to hole one end together while wickets kept falling at the other. Sarah Asmussen removed Holly Huddleston and Anna Peterson in quick succession, and they were struggling at 126 for five. Meanwhile, Perkins brought her half-century and tried to build a partnership with Bella Armstrong.
ALSO READ: The irrational belief that fuelled Canterbury’s magical win
Just when it looked like they were recovering, Satterthwaite turned the tale for the Magicians. She removed Perkins for 52 from 64 balls. From there on, things went downhill for the defending champions. Satterthwaite ran through the Hearts lower-order, picking up three more wickets. She finished with four for 27 as the Hearts were all-out for 185 in 47.5 overs.
Chasing less than four runs an over, the Magicians lost Emma Kench early. Joined by Satterthwaite, Mackay took her time to settle. In the next ten overs, they added 46 runs without losing any wickets. The experienced duo kept the scoreboard moving with singles and doubles while picking up the occasional boundaries.
Once settled, both of them unleashed a flurry of boundaries and brought up their respective half-centuries. With inches closer to victory, Satterthwaite got out to Peterson for 73 from 80 balls. Skipper Mackay finished with an unbeaten 94 from 112 balls and took the team across the line in 37.4 overs.
Auckland Hearts 185 all out in 47.5 overs (Katie Perkins 52; Amy Satterthwaite 4/27) lost to Canterbury Magicians 188/2 in 37.4 overs (Frances Mackay 94*; Arlene Kelly 1/30) by eight wickets.