01 Jul, Friday

HEARTS clinical in home debut


HEARTS clinical in home debut

Praneel HiraHearts

The HEARTS have put in a performance to be proud of defeating the Canterbury Magicians by 124 runs on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Eden Park Outer Oval.

Katie Perkins led a controlled HEARTS batting effort as the home side made the most of ideal batting conditions. The HEARTS were made to fight for the ascendancy and the toil started with young duo Saachi Shahri and Natasha van Tilburg. The pair recovered after the early loss of Lauren Down, putting on 81 in good time.

Shahri drove into gaps as the partnership took the HEARTS to 100/1 in the 22nd over. van Tilburg also drove handsomely throughout her patient knock of 35, hitting 7 boundaries.

Just as the HEARTS appeared to be on top, the Magicians’ spinners Sarah Asmussen and Frankie Mackay came into the game on a slowing wicket. Asmussen deceived van Tilburg through the air before Shahri hit an inviting full-toss to mid-wicket.

Katie Perkins and Anna Peterson showed their combined experience. Perkins soaked up the pressure, while Peterson opted to take the aerial route. The partnership didn’t last as long as the HEARTS will have wanted with Peterson unable to kick on from a promising start.

While Perkins added 51 for the fifth wicket with Regina Lilii, 250 loomed as a comfortable total with 10 overs to go. When Perkins (60) pulled her way to a 14th List A fifty in the 45th over, the HEARTS were on the charge.

Late cameos by Holly Huddleston and Arlene Kelly pushed the HEARTS to 258/6 from 50 overs.

The HEARTS were up for a committed effort in the field, but Kirsty Nation and skipper Mackay kickstarted the Magicians’ chase in the early overs.

Arlene Kelly benefitted from a bit of luck to break the Magicians’ burgeoning opening stand. Nation drove firmly back at Kelly, who deflected the ball back onto the stumps to give the HEARTS the big wicket of Mackay.

The next dozen overs swung the match in the HEARTS favour. Bella Armstrong, with the help of her skipper Peterson, halted the Magicians’ progress bowling six maidens between them. It wasn’t simply about dots, however, with four wickets falling in the space of six runs. Armstrong (3-26) bowled unchanged during an exceptional spell of stump-to-stump bowling.

Laura Hughes (34) and Ella Chandler (29) played patiently as the pair sought to rebuild for the Magicians. Holly Huddleston returned to the attack from the Kingsland Station end to wreck the Magician’s tail.

Having conceded 16 runs from the opening over of the innings, Huddleston finished with figures of 3-42 including three wickets in four balls – all bowled. It completed a sensational outing for Huddleston, having earlier hit an unbeaten 29 off 26 balls.

Roz McNeill bagged herself the final two wickets as the HEARTS bowled the Magicians out for 134 to register a second win from three matches.

The HEARTS and Magicians return to the Outer Oval tomorrow at 10 am for Round Four of the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield.