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Spinners help HEARTS make it two-from-two

Domestic Cricket


Spinners help HEARTS make it two-from-two

Praneel HiraDomestic Cricket

Monday 20 DEC

HEARTS vs. BRAVE | SUPER SMASH

The HEARTS have gone 2-0 to start the Dream11 Super Smash after a tense four-wicket win over the Northern Brave at Kennards Hire Community Oval.

A thrilling fielding effort set the tone for a second HEARTS victory over the last four days. Kicked off by a Fran Jonas run-out, the HEARTS squeezed the Brave through the middle overs.

When Anna Peterson (3-14) joined Jonas at the bowling crease, the HEARTS spin twins spun a web around the Brave middle order, taking a combined 5-31 from their eight overs.

Molly Penfold was also impressive, bowling four straight overs through finish with 1-16, including the wicket of Samantha Barriball with an absolute peach that crashed into off stump.

Chasing 104, it was steady as she goes for most of the innings. The loss of regular wickets made it something of a nervier chase than it needed to be. Katie Perkins (29) looked set to steer the HEARTS hope only to pick out Lucy Boucher at long-on with 12 runs still required.

While there were nerves around the ground, nobody told youngsters Izzy Gaze or Skye Bowden. Three boundaries from the next six deliveries, including a Gaze scoop saw the HEARTS home with seven balls to spare.

ACES vs. BRAVE | SUPER SMASH

It was a challenging afternoon for the ACES, suffering a second defeat to the Northern Brave.

Losing the toss and batting first, the ACES were in immediate trouble. A scorecard riddled with single-figure scores made for sorry reading and it was a final wicket stand between Lockie Ferguson and Ben Lister that proved most profitable.

Though both Ferguson (26) and Lister (17*) played freely to put together career-best scores, the ACES would be bowled out for 92 with 16 balls left in their 20 overs.

For the Brave, Anurag Verma (3-14) and Freddy Walker (3-10) had afternoons to remember, while Ish Sodhi delivered the most economical spell in NZ men’s domestic T20, conceding just five runs from his four overs.

While an opening stand of 65 between Tim Seifert (38) and Katene Clarke (28) wiped away any chance of a miracle, stunning diving catches by Adithya Ashok and Cole Briggs gave the ACES something to cheer about.

Ashok would later take his first wicket for the ACES, finishing with 1-22 off his three overs as the Brave sailed home in the 16th over.

NEXT UP

Next up for the ACES and HEARTS is a trip to Wellington to take on the Firebirds and Blaze on Christmas Eve.