26 Jun, Sunday

HEARTS fall in final to Magicians


HEARTS fall in final to Magicians

Praneel HiraHearts

The HEARTS have suffered an eight-wicket defeat to the Canterbury Magicians, who put in a dominant display to lift  the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield final at Eden Park’s Outer Oval.

Batting first, Lauren Down and Saachi Shahri settled into their work. Up against a determined Magicians attack, neither HEARTS opener truly got away before Down (19) was unluckily strangled down the legside in the tenth over.

The Magicians kept the pressure on and were rewarded with the wickets of both Shahri and Arlene Kelly. At 52/3, Katie Perkins and Holly Huddleston then attempted to rebuild the innings.

The pair put together 35 to wrest the slide before Huddleston became the first of legspinner Sarah Asmussen’s two wickets. When Anna Peterson joined Perkins and the experienced heads counterpunched, the HEARTS were revitalised.

With Perkins typically tenacious and Peterson away at a run-a-ball start, the HEARTS were in good shape at 103/4 at the halfway mark. Asmussen then struck again with Peterson’s top-edged sweep well caught by Emme Kench coming off the square-leg boundary.

It proved to be the last of the HEARTS significant partnerships. Perkins fell for 52 off 64 balls, before Regina Lilii (29*) fought with the tail through to 185 all out in the 48th over. Amy Satterthwaite tidied up the tail to finish with 4-27, while Asmussen, Kate Ebrahim and Gabby Sullivan all picked up two wickets apiece.

The HEARTS knew it would take something special to defend their total and were given a tidy start by Huddleston and Kelly.

The wicket of Kench in the sixth over was just reward for Kelly’s miserly opening, but the wicket brought together the Magicians two most experienced players.

Both Satterthwaite and Mackay took their time to start, before bringing up half-centuries in the 29th over, taking their second-wicket stand past 100.

With the target becoming nearer, the Magicians pair showed their full array of strokes with Mackay finishing unbeaten on 94 and Satterthwaite out with seven runs required for victory.

In the end, it was an Ebrahim boundary that took the Magicians to an eight-wicket win in the 38th over.