01 Jul, Friday

Hearts seal Hallyburton Johnstone Shield with comfortable victory

Game Development

Hearts seal Hallyburton Johnstone Shield with comfortable victory

James BennettGame Development, Hearts

The Auckland Hearts have claimed the coveted Hallyburton Johnstone Shield after a dominant win against the Northern Spirit.

The Spirit won the toss and elected to bat first, Arlene Kelly (2-22) picked up an early wicket giving the Hearts an ideal start.

Bella Armstrong (4-31) came into the attack and bamboozled the Spirits batsmen taking wickets at regular intervals to leave the Spirits in dire straits.

The Spirit simply had no answers for Armstrong and the Hearts, some excellent fielding from the Hearts continued to squeeze the Spirit.

The Spirit limped to 104 all out, leaving the Hearts a small chase away from claiming the Shield.

The Hearts had a wobble early on losing both openers and with the total at 35/2 the Spirit had a sniff.

Captain Maddy Green (20*) and Maia Bouchier (49*) came together and steadied the ship putting on 70 runs for the third wicket to seal a dominant 8-wicket victory for the Hearts.

The win means the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield will be in the Hearts trophy case heading into next season.

For a full scorecard from this fixture click here