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Debutants shine in HEARTS HBJ win


Debutants shine in HEARTS HBJ win

Praneel HiraHearts

Saturday 12 Feb | Kennards Hire Community Oval
Auckland HEARTS vs. Canterbury Magicians | HEARTS won by 92 runs.

The HEARTS have secured their first Hallyburton Johnstone Shield win of the summer, defeating the Magicians at home.

The rain stayed away on Saturday as the HEARTS handed debuts to Anna Browning, Sydney Bultitude and Breearne Illing. 

With the HEARTS losing the toss and batting first, Browning would be in the action immediately, opening up with Saachi Shahri (42). The pair added 72 for the first wicket and it looked like the HEARTS were on their way to a significant total.

Canterbury legspinner Sarah Asmussen (4-33) then hit back as the visitors reduced the HEARTS to 135/8. Jodie Dean joined Asmussen in stifling the HEARTS middle-order, picking up three wickets of her own.

Then, slowly but surely, the game changed; Bultitude joined skipper Katie Perkins and the pair would drag the HEARTS back into the match by establishing a new List-A partnership for the ninth wicket. The stand would end at 110, going past the record of 97 set by Andrea Stockwell and Michelle McKay (née Bunkall) for Wellington Blaze against the Canterbury Magicians in 2012/13.

With plenty of time to bat, Bultitude showed few signs of nerves, handing the strike back to Perkins, who used the crease nicely throughout. The HEARTS No.10 would finish with 40 off 48 balls, dismissed in the final over, while Perkins remained unbeaten on 85 off 75 balls and in doing so brought up 3000 List-A runs for the HEARTS.

Defending 250, Arlene Kelly got the HEARTS started with the ball. Breearne Illing (2-15) then picked up her first wicket in HEARTS blue before Molly Penfold took career-best List-A figures. The HEARTS speedster picked up 4-42 from eight overs to play a starring role in bowling the Magicians out for 157 at the end of the 37th over.

Sunday 13 Feb | Kennards Hire Community Oval
Auckland HEARTS vs. Canterbury Magicians | No Result

The rain and wind that hit Auckland made for a long waiting game at Kennards Hire Community Oval.

Just after 3PM, a toss took place and the Magicians decided to bat first. 

The players were all set to get underway, including the latest HEARTS debutants, Emma Irwin and Amberly Parr, only for the rain to return and wipe away any chance of getting a 20-over fixture underway.

Next Up

The HEARTS travel to Hamilton this weekend to finish their HBJ campaign against Northern Districts