26 Jun, Sunday

HEARTS fight for place in Grand Final


HEARTS fight for place in Grand Final

Praneel HiraHearts

The HEARTS have booked their place in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield final after a ten-run victory over the CM at the Outer Oval today.

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It took a committed effort after Saturday’s disappointment and it came through an excellent first-wicket stand by Saachi Shahri and Lauren Down.

Shahri (60), on her return to the side, played particularly straight through the opening ten overs before expanding. Both openers made their way to half-centuries, with Shahri’s coming from 67 balls and Down’s taking 88 balls, as the pair put on 117 for the first wicket.

It was another gritty knock from Down (75) and it showed it wasn’t an easy wicket to get in on. There was plenty of work for the HEARTS to do to put up a competitive total but in an eerily similar finish to the first innings of Saturday’s game, the batting side lost their way after the platform had been built.

From 185/2, the HEARTS lost 8-31 from the 41st over onwards to be all out for 216 in the final over. Like Anna Peterson the day before, off-spinner Frankie Mackay entered her second spell without a wicket and finished with 5-40 from her 9 overs, including her 150th List-A wicket.

With a total on the board, the HEARTS knew they were in for a fight and it came from the outset. Though Holly Huddleston and Arlene Kelly were unable to break the opening partnership, a tidy front ten made for a battle of attrition. Fran Jonas would eventually get the HEARTS on the board when Kate Ebrahim picked out Arlene Kelly at mid-off in the 12th over.

Amy Satterthwaite joined Mackay (42) and the Magicians pair batted on towards the halfway point in the innings. The HEARTS stuck at it and Kelly (2-26) was soon in the action again with a crucial double-strike, first finding Mackay’s outside edge before Cox sliced her drive to backward point.

The HEARTS had an opening. Another threatening partnership developed between Satterthwaite and Emma Kench. Spin twins Jonas and Peterson built the pressure and the run-rate was above a run-a-ball with 15 overs to go.

Then the squeeze came on. Jesse Prasad took the first of her career-best 3-47, dismissing Kench for 17 before Huddleston went through Nation. The rate blew out and eventually, the Magicians needed 50 off the final three overs.

By now, Satterthwaite was in and was yet to launch. The left-hander took 19 from the 48th over, bowled by Prasad before ten came off the 49th. The HEARTS skipper showed faith in Prasad, who closed out the match brilliantly picking up the wickets of Laura Hughes (23) and Satterthwaite (96).

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