Watkin shines as Hinds trump Districts; Gerken hundered secures Magicians' thrilling victory
Jess Watkin in action. © Women's CricZone
All-round Jess Watkin helped Central Hinds trump Northern Districts by 86 runs in the 11th match of the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield on Sunday (November 21). Meanwhile, Canterbury Magicians bowlers held their nerve to get past Otago Sparks by seven runs (DL method) in a thrilling last-over finish.
For Magicians, the openers Frances Mackay and Abigale Gerken started well with the bat. Mackay made 25 runs from 32 balls, but Gerken went on to build partnerships with Amy Satterthwaite.
While Satterthwaite made 46 runs from 53 balls, the former scored a 128-ball 108 before getting out to Kate Ebrahim. Jacinta Savage smashed 61 runs from 65 balls, helping the Magicians finish with 282 for seven in 49 overs. Ebrahim took three for 45 in her seven overs.
Suzie Bates and Ebrahim were in top form as the experienced duo put up a 104-run stand for the first wicket. Both of them got past their 50-run mark, but Bates was the first to get out for 62 runs from 69 balls.
Ebrahim went on to score a 78-ball 56, but it was Hayley Jensen and Katey Martin who kept the chase alive for the Sparks. After losing Jensen for 76 runs from 73 balls to Jessica Simmons, Katey Martin's fighting 60 from 65 balls went in vain as the Magicians won by seven runs.
Earlier, Hinds lost Emily Cunningham for eight runs from 12 balls. Natalie Dodd and Jess Watkin built a partnership, reviving the Hinds innings.
The former made a run-a-ball 22 before getting out to Lucy Boucher. Watkin kept the innings going at the other end, forging crucial partnerships with Kerry-Anne Tomlinson and Hannah Rowe.
Watkin made 87 runs from just 62 balls as she was trapped on the pads by Kate Anderson. Rowe, along with the lower-order, took them to 294 all out in 50 overs. She scored 61 runs from 56 balls. Mereana Hyde, Boucher and Anderson took two wickets each for Districts.
In reply, Holly Topp got out to Watkin for six runs from 17 balls. Anderson made a 48-ball 54, while Nensi Patel scored 36 runs from 52 balls. Despite a fighting half-century from Sam Barriball, Districts were bundled out for 208 in 38.1 overs. Monique Rees and Watkin accounted for three scalps each of the Districts batting order.
Central Hinds 294 all out in 50 overs (Jess Watkin 87; Kate Anderson 2/43) beat Northern Districts 208 all out in 38.1 overs (Sam Barriball 55; Monique rees 3/27) by 86 runs
Canterbury Magicians 285 for 7 in 49 overs (Abigale Gerken 108; Kate Ebrahim 3/45) beat Otago Sparks 278 for six in 49 overs (Hayley Jensen 76; Amy Satterthwaite 3/30) by 7 runs