26 May, Thursday

Hucker inspires HEARTS into outright third


Hucker inspires HEARTS into outright third

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HEARTS vs. Magicians | HEARTS won by eight runs

The HEARTS pulled off a brave victory over the Canterbury Magicians at Hagley Oval.

Batting first, the HEARTS fell into familiar trouble after losing three wickets inside the powerplay. Though Katie Perkins (29) kept the visitors moving, her dismissal signalled the need for a partnership.

Saachi Shahri and Izzy Gaze (24) answered the call, putting together 42 runs off 23 balls to put the HEARTS on track for 140. Shahri was particularly explosive hitting six boundaries on her way to 26 off 15 balls. The cherry came from Amie Hucker, who hit the final ball of the inning for six and whose five-ball knock swung the mid-innings momentum the HEARTS way.

Defending 132, the HEARTS built nicely into the inning conceding just 13 from the first four overs. The wait for wickets, however, would go on to an eventful 11th over, where Amy Satterthwaite (22) would be dropped on the boundary, only to be caught three balls later.

Hucker than delivered a knuckleball to Nat Cox (34), who could only spoon a chance to Shahri at point. While the HEARTS let a few chances slip them by, Bella Armstrong held on to a crucial chance in the deep after an exciting battle between Molly Penfold and Lea Tahuhu.

Just when it looked like the HEARTS had the game in control, Jacinta Savage found the boundary thrice to give her side hope. Jonas settled after a full toss went away to the boundary at the start of the 19th to leave Arlene Kelly with 13 runs to play with in the final over.

One. One. One. Wicket. Bye. Wicket. Kelly (2-13) delivered the perfect final over and the HEARTS take the advantage in the race for third.

ACES vs. Kings | Kings won by 18 runs

Things didn’t quite click for the ACES at Hagley, going down by 18 runs against the Canterbury Kings.

Though Tom Latham (34) and Daryl Mitchell (30) came out hard in the powerplay, there was enough in the wicket for the ACES to fight back through the middle. Slowly but surely, the ACES attack chipped away at the Kings’ middle-order to hold the hosts to 154.

Adithya Ashok (3-33) impressed once again, while Lister (2-22) and Lockie Ferguson (2-2) continued their stellar campaigns.

In reply, the ACES will be left to rue a troublesome powerplay as Henry Shipley (3-14) made the most of the new ball. At 18/3, after the first six, the uphill task was left to Robbie O’Donnell. While the skipper hit an excellent 56 off 37 balls, the ACES were behind the rate.

Lockie Ferguson (30*) made a last-ditch attempt to resurrect the chase, but it had been left to late as the ACES fell 18 runs short.


The ACES and HEARTS are back home to take on the Firebirds and Blaze tomorrow at Kennards Hire Community Oval.


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