26 Jun, Sunday

HEARTS go close; face big test in Round Ten

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HEARTS go close; face big test in Round Ten

Praneel HiraHearts

The Auckland HEARTS will have to wait until Round Ten took book their place in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield after defeat to the Canterbury Magicians at the Outer Oval today.

Auckland HEARTS vs. Canterbury Magicians | Magicians won by 24 runs

The first 35 overs of the day belong to the Magicians, with Frankie Mackay (75) and Natalie Cox (52) setting a platform for the visitors after deciding to bat first.

Fran Jonas impressed on her return to the HEARTS taking 2-35 from her ten overs, including the prized scalps of Kate Ebrahim and Amy Satterthwaite. The left-arm spinner’s double-strike brought together Mackay and Cox. The pair would put together the defining partnership of the match.

The 81-run stand came at a good clip too. At 173/3, the Magicians were primed to push on towards 250. Bella Armstrong (2-47) helped the HEARTS stay in the contest before the death overs.

Anna Peterson then reentered the attack and led a spectacular fightback. The HEARTS off-spinner took two wickets in the 45th over, another two in the 47th and finished with the final wicket in the 49th over to lead the side from the field with figures of 5-30 from her 7.1 overs.

Chasing 205, Peterson gave the HEARTS a bright opening with a pair of boundaries from the first over of the inning. The HEARTS fortunes took a hit, however, losing Lauren Down, Arlene Kelly and Peterson inside the first seven overs.

When Katie Perkins and Holly Huddleston (24) put together 63 for the fourth wicket, the chase was back on track. The loss of three early wickets had little impact on the HEARTS run-rate, with positive batting keeping the score moving.

When Huddleston fell at 96/4 and Armstrong at 97/5, the HEARTS needed another partnership. Perkins made good headway with Regina Lilii for a sixth-wicket stand of 54.

Just when the HEARTS got themselves back in front, Satterthwaite dismissed Lilii (23) before Gabby Sullivan (4-51) came back into the attack and turned the game once again with two wickets.

Having brought up her 21st List-A half-century, Perkins (69) remained at the crease but she was running out of partners. Eventually, Perkins was the last player out, with the HEARTS all out for 180 in the 46th over.

The HEARTS get a chance to square the ledger and book a place in the final tomorrow.