The rain dominated the day at Eden Park Outer Oval with one match abandoned and the other a five-over affair.
HEARTS vs. Magicians | Match Abandoned
Only ten balls were possible before showers wiped away any chance of further play for the HEARTS and Magicians. Though such little cricket was played, Arlene Kelly and Holly Huddleston gave the HEARTS a tidy start with the visitors 6/0 through 1.4 overs.
ACES vs. Kings | Kings won by ten wickets.
When the rain finally subsided at 4.30 PM, the ACES and Kings snuck in a five-over per side match. The clouds remained as the ACES were asked to bat first.
Mark Chapman (25) gave his side the perfect start with a powerful cut past backward point for four. In the third over, the returning left-hander spotted a gap a mid-wicket, hitting Todd Astle for a four and six to get the ACES moving. It was wicketkeeper Ben Horne who finished the short inning off with 13 off 7 balls to help the ACES post 52/4 from their five overs.
Left-armer Ben Lister beat the outside edge on a couple of occasions during a near-perfect first over. Though the ACES opening bowler conceded just two runs, the Kings weren’t about to lie down. Chad Bowes kickstarted the Kings chase, hitting two fours and six to finish the second overs. From there, the Kings’ opener was unstoppable, finishing on 39* off 15 balls to take the Kings to a ten-wicket victory.