26 Jun, Sunday

HEARTS clinical to open Super Smash campaign


HEARTS clinical to open Super Smash campaign

Praneel HiraAces

The HEARTS have put in a complete performance to defeat the Canterbury Magicians by 68 runs and take an opening day win in the Dream11 Super Smash.

Lauren Down and Anna Peterson made a flying start hitting five boundaries inside the first three overs as the HEARTS took the ascendancy from the very start.

Down kicked things off cutting Jessica Simmons’ first ball to the point boundary, while Peterson wasted no time in clipping her first boundary over square leg.

Just when Down was on top of Jacinta Savage, having driven the right-arm seamer for two fours and lifted a six over long-on, the HEARTS opener picked out Simmons on the mid-wicket boundary.

Peterson continued with a barrage of boundaries. The skipper made the most of the powerplay, placing the ball into the gaps for 7 fours in a powerful knock of 41 from 26 balls.

Katie Perkins and Saachi Shahri put together 49 in good time. 7 boundaries in 11 deliveries took the HEARTS back above ten runs per over as Perkins brought up a 31-ball half-century.

With four overs to go, the HEARTS put the foot down as the boundaries flowed. Huddleston, in a new role at number five, hit 32* to help the HEARTS pass 200 for just the second time.

The Magicians made a fine start in reply racing out to 40 inside the powerplay. Huddleston then made the HEARTS first breakthrough nabbing Kirtsy Nation, who chipped out to Arlene Kelly in the covers.

In-form Magician Frankie Mackay held the early part of her side’s inning together, but the scoreboard pressure began to tell. While the odd over got away from the HEARTS, it was usually followed by a tidy one. With runs on the board, debutant Fran Jonas tossed the ball up and was rewarded in her second over when Natalie Cox drove aerially to Bella Armstrong at mid-off.

Armstrong would take a wicket of her own in the next over. Wicketkeeper Laura Hughes’ swipe ended in the hands of Regina Lilii and the HEARTS had a third.

The Magicians task went from difficult to impossible when HEARTS skipper Anna Peterson combined with Natasha van Tilburg, who claimed her first stumping for the HEARTS. Mackay fell one short of fifty when Peterson snuck one past the Magician skipper’s reverse sweep.

The HEARTS shut things down late on to register an emphatic win. Next up, the HEARTS take on the Otago Sparks in Lincoln from 10 am tomorrow.