Both the ACES and HEARTS sit with 3 win-3 loss records after splitting results with the Canterbury Kings and Magicians on Friday at Kennards Hire Community Oval.
HEARTS vs. Magicians | HEARTS won by one run.
The HEARTS put in a committed performance for 40 overs, surviving a defiant Amy Satterthwaite knock, to claim a third Dream11 Super Smash win of the season.
Batting first, Lauren Down and Izzy Gaze gave the HEARTS no more than a steady start. The skipper would lose both Gaze and No. 3 Bella Armstrong in Leah Tahuhu’s and when Francis Mackay dismissed Katie Perkins in the 8th, the HEARTS were sliding into trouble.
Holly Huddleston joined Down in the middle and the pair went about resurrecting the HEARTS hopes. A fourth-wicket stand of 75 and a brief Arlene Kelly foray was exactly what the hosts needed, helping push the side to 135/4. Down finished unbeaten on 66 off 58 balls.
Wickets would be rather important for the HEARTS and Kelly delivered in the first over with a peach of an inswinger to Nat Cox. The HEARTS would have to wait a while for a second, but the patience paid off.
Just as it looked like the experienced Mackay and Satterthwaite had the chase under control, the Penfold sisters combined to send Mackay on her way. Molly, the bowler and Josie, at retreating at mid-off.
After Amie Hucker saw a pair of chances to snaffle the wicket of Tahuhu, the Penfold sisters would combine again. Same place for Josie, but this time having to leap and stretch her right hand out. Momentum was with the HEARTS.
Heading into the final over, the Magicians required ten runs. By now Satterthwaite (66) was set and ready to launch.
Huddleston stood at the top of her mark. Single. Single. Single. Three. Two. WICKET. Huddleston and Gaze hold their nerve to secure a one-run win for the HEARTS.
ACES vs. KINGS | Kings won by five wickets.
Asked to set a total, the ACES may look back on middle-order wobbles, scoring just over 100 from the final 14 overs of the inning.
ACES opener Glenn Phillips wasted little time in taking down the Kings in the powerplay, racing to a 25-ball half-century. The dynamic knock, however, end on the final ball of the first six overs leaving the ACES the challenge of building through the middle overs. Phillips’ spectacular display included 3 fours and 5 sixes, including one on to Sandringham Road.
Though contributions by George Worker, Robbie O’Donnell and Graeme Beghin helped the ACES keep moving, the Kings’ bowlers kept the ACES from stacking any big overs. Henry Shipley, Ed Nuttall and Todd Astle all picked up two wickets as the visitors reined it what might have been a bigger total than 167/8.
The start of the Kings’ chase mirrored the ACES, in runs if not wickets. Chad Bowes stormed to 26 off 13 balls before he became the ACES second scalp. By then, the Kings were on top of the rate and the ACES would have to keep striking.
The ACES and Kings went toe-to-toe through to the 11th over and at 96/5, it was game on at Kennards. The Kings had done a lot of the hard work in reducing the required rate, allowing Cam Fletcher (57*)and new batter Shipley (37*) to take their time. The pair did just that before exploding when victory was in sight.
In the end it was a comfortable finish for the visitors. The ACES now turn their attention to a pair of Ford Trophy clashes with Northern Districts at home on Mon 10th and Wed 12th January.