Tahuhu’s blitz trumps Rowe’s patient knock as Magicians win by five wickets
Lea Tahuhu’s late hitting led Canterbury Magicians to a victory over Central Hinds at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth on Friday (December 31). Hannah Rowe’s patient knock of 39 went in vain as Hinds could not defend their total.
Magicians captain Frances Mackay, playing her 100th T20 for the team, won the toss and opted to bowl first. Amy Satterthwaite made a breakthrough with the first ball of the innings and Natalie Dodd was out for a duck. Melissa Banks stuck twice in her first over to remove Georgia Atkinson and Kate Gaging. By the end of the powerplay, Hinds were three for 23.
Hannah Rowe came to bat when Hinds were struggling for five for 39 in the ninth over. Rowe played a patient knock of 39 off 38 balls, which included a boundary. Mikaela Greig supported the all-rounder with her knock of 29. Greig and Rowe added 54 runs for the sixth wicket. Sarah Asmussen took the wicket of Greig to break the partnership and Hinds scored 112 for the loss of seven wickets in the first innings.
In reply, Magician s lost Natalie Cox in the very first over as Hinds captain Watkins made a crucial early breakthrough for her team. Mackay couldn’t add much to the total and she was trapped in front by Rosemary Mair for five. Satterthwaite couldn’t last long and neither did Kirsty Nation. When Tahuhu came to bat Magicians needed 42 runs off five overs.
After losing Jacinta Savage on the first ball of the 17th over, Tahuhu went on a counter-attack against Melissa Hansen. She scored 22 runs from that over including two sixes and two fours. Laura Hughes and Tahuhu hit 11 runs in Watkin’s final over and sealed the coming from behind victory for Magicians with five wickets in hand. Tahuhu ended up scoring 29 runs off just 10 balls.
Central Hinds: 112/7 in 20 Overs (Hannah Rowe 39*, Mikaela Greig 29; Melissa Banks 2/25) lost to Canterbury Magicians: 115/5 in 18.3 Overs (Lea Tahuhu 29*, Jacinta Savage 28; Hannah Rowe 1/18) by five wickets