18 Oct, Monday

HEARTS go top; ACES go close

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HEARTS go top; ACES go close

Praneel HiraFeatured

Team Auckland have split their double-header against Canterbury with the HEARTS picking up a third Super Smash win against the Magicians. 

Magicians vs. HEARTS | HEARTS won by 20 runs

The HEARTS are at the top of the Dream11 Super Smash table after a confident 20-run win over the Magicians.

Batting first, the HEARTS were in early trouble when Anna Peterson and Katie Perkins fell early. Skipper Lauren Down (33) and Bella Armstrong (39) then powered the HEARTS to 45/2 at the end of the powerplay.

The pair didn’t stop there, adding 63 for the third wicket to set up the second half of the innings. Armstrong proved the aggressor, hitting 4 fours and a six, but both set batters were dismissed at a similar time, threatening to curtail the HEARTS death overs push.

Frances Mackay had a hand in both dismissals, deceiving Armstrong through the air before parrying a drive onto the stumps to catch Down short of her ground at the non-strikers’ end.

To finish the innings off, Saachi Shahri (30*) and Holly Huddleston (18*) hit gaps and ran hard. Shahri found the fence on four occasions to lift the HEARTS to 138/4.

There were three phases to the Magicians chase. The first phase saw Arlene Kelly and Peterson bowl back-to-back wicket maidens. Kelly picked up Cox before Peterson claimed the big wicket of Mackay, caught at mid-wicket.

Kate Ebrahim (32) and Amy Satterthwaite (31) then put together 58 runs for the third wicket to put the HEARTS on high alert. Fran Jonas had tossed the ball up throughout her spell and was brave to continue to do so as both Ebrahim and Satterthwaite grew in confidence.

It proved a masterstroke from Jonas, who snuck one under an advancing Satterthwaite and Sarah Carnachan did the rest to complete an important stumping. The wicket triggered phase three, where the HEARTS bowlers drove the required run-rate up and ultimately win the match.

Wickets tumbled from that point on, with the final seven wickets falling in the space of 21 balls. Jesse Prasad claimed an excellent catch running in at long-on, before claiming two wickets of her own in the 17th over. Holly Huddleston (3-8) was left to close out the win rewarded with the final two wickets.

Kings vs. ACES | Kings won by six runs

The ACES wait for a Dream11 Super Smash victory will have to wait after suffering a six-run loss to the Kings at Hagley Oval.

An early highlight of this match was a diving catch by Glenn Phillips to dismiss the dangerous Chad Bowes. It was one of many fine fielding acts from Phillips, but on this occasion, he ran at least 35 metres to his left before launching into a full-length dive to take the catch.

Ross ter Braak’s early double-strike also helped set the tone but it didn’t all go the ACES way with Jack Boyle (44) and Leo Carter (42) providing the impetus for the Kings.

Will Somerville provided another piece of memorable fielding to deny Boyle his half-century. With the Kings No. 3 ready to launch, his attempted flick to the leg-side test Somerville, who tracked the ball, took the catch before releasing it to a waiting Will O’Donnell before stepping on the boundary padding.

It was a crucial blow for the ACES, who still had their work cut out with Carter at the crease. The Kings left-hander shrugged off the loss of Boyle by hitting a pair of sixes in the 16th over. With Carter on the move, Ben Lister and Danru Ferns (2-26) shut the innings down, conceding just two boundaries from the final four overs.

Chasing 155, the ACES were in early trouble losing Martin Guptill and Phillips inside the first three overs. Sean Solia and Will O’Donnell bounced back from the early adversity to take the ACES past 50 by the end of the powerplay.

The pair would add 77 for the third wicket to put the ACES in the box seat, but things would change quickly as the Kings made the most of their big home boundaries. Though the Kings’ spinners went wicketless, the hosts gave away very little and the ACES managed only 4 boundaries between the 7th-18th overs.

Will O’Donnell’s first Super Smash fifty gave the ACES a chance before Ben Horne (27) threatened to bring the ACES back from the brink with a pair of sixes in the 19th over, but it wasn’t to be, falling six runs short.