26 Jun, Sunday

HEARTS near full strength for HBJ resumption


HEARTS near full strength for HBJ resumption

Praneel HiraHearts

After a week of uncertainty, the HEARTS are off to Wellington and will hope to continue their Hallyburton Johnstone Shield form against the Blaze at Kakori Park over the weekend.

Winning their last four matches, Lauren Down’s side will reignite their rivalry with the Blaze.

Sitting in third place, the HEARTS will need to squeeze their way into the top two over the final four rounds if they are to defend the HBJ Shield.

Holly Huddleston is looking forward to getting back into some 50-over cricket.

“We know the longer format brings some different challenges.

“The bowling attack has proven itself in the Super Smash and it will be exciting to see what we can do bowling longer spells.”

Huddleston said the variety in roles through the inning is an enjoyable challenge.

“I love 50-over cricket.

“Whether it is an opening spell, coming back to break a partnership in the middle or even closing out a tight game, it’s all exciting to me and I can’t wait to get back into it.”

The HEARTS will be without left-arm spinner Fran Jonas, who could make her WHITE FERNS ODI debut against England on Tuesday.

Auckland HEARTS vs. Wellington Blaze
Saturday 20th / Sunday 21st February
Karori Park, Wellington
10.00 am
Auckland HEARTS | Hallyburton Johnstone Shield vs. Wellington Blaze 
Lauren Down (c)
Bella Armstrong 
Jane Barnett 
Holly Huddleston  
Arlene Kelly 
Tariel Lamb 
Regina Lilii
Roz McNeill 
Molly Penfold 
Katie Perkins 
Anna Peterson 
Jesse Prasad
Saachi Shahri