26 Jun, Sunday

HEARTS push Blaze before playoffs


HEARTS push Blaze before playoffs

Praneel HiraHearts

The Dream11 Super Smash round-robin has come to an end after falling to the Wellington Blaze by seven wickets at the Basin Reserve today.

Batting first, openers Lauren Down and Anna Peterson were tied down by some excellent lines by the Blaze bowlers. Down broke free at the beginning of the fifth over; first piercing a gap through the off-side before taking the aerial route over mid-on.

The Blaze introduced Jess Kerr into the attack to close out the powerplay and Down sensed a moment to put the tournament’s leading wicket-taker under pressure. Three boundaries came from the first five deliveries as Down raced out to 33, but Jess Kerr would have the final say with a perfect yorker.

Katie Perkins then joined her skipper at the crease and it was more of the same from the in-form Perkins. The HEARTS number three got off the mark with a weighted guide to behind square before cutting her first boundary in a similar area of the ground.

Regina Lilii played adventurously, but it was Perkins who gave the HEARTS something to defend with her 5th fifty of this year’s Dream11 Super Smash, finishing on 56* off 44 balls.

Chasing 139/5, Sophie Devine (29) made the most of some width early on as the Blaze took 54 from the powerplay. Devine wasn’t the only threat, however, as Maddy Green also hit 4 boundaries through the first six overs.

Peterson ended Devine’s blitz in the 7th over when Lilii held on to a superb one-handed catch in the outfield. By the time the HEARTS made another breakthrough, Melie Kerr (34) had put on 57 with Green for the second wicket.

Just when it looked like Green (58) might bat through against her former side, her leading-edge gave Bella Armstrong the HEARTS third wicket. In the end, Liz Green-Perry powered one final boundary through the leg-side to ensure the Blaze made it ten from ten in the round-robin.

The HEARTS now return home to take on the Otago Sparks in the Dream11 Super Smash Preliminary Final at Eden Park Outer Oval on Thursday.


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