The Hearts have had a perfect start to their Hallyburton Johnstone Shield season after they picked up two good wins against the Canterbury Magicians in Christchurch over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Magicians won the toss and opted to bat first. The Hearts bowling was solid throughout, getting regular wickets. Along with sharp fielding from Sara McGlashan resulting in two run-outs, the Magicians were unable to build any real momentum during their innings. Most of the batters made starts, but only Frances Mackay managed to keep going – reaching 69 from 135 balls.
Regina Lili’i picked up 2-25, and Roz McNeill 1-29, each off 10 overs. The Magicians finished their 50 overs at 205/7.
Lauren Down was the standout player in the Hearts batting performance. Hitting 13 fours and two sixes in her 112-ball 96, Down saw the chase almost to its conclusion inside 40 overs. Supported by Saachi Shahri (21) and Arlene Kelly (34), Down was instrumental in the Hearts picking up a bonus point as they won by four wickets.
On Sunday the game started 30 minutes earlier, which meant it was well over by the time the rain came. The Hearts won the toss and sent the Magicians in to bat first again.
Opener Mackay was once more the standout performer for the Magicians. She carried her bat, scoring 112 off 145 balls, including 13 fours. Unfortunately, Canterbury could only produce one real partnership, between Mackay and Jacinta Savage (45).
McNeill and Kelly both picked up two wickets, Shahri effected two runouts, and the Hearts restricted the Magicians to almost the same sore as they had the day before – 206/8.
Down followed up with another half-century, but Sunday’s standout for Auckland was McGlashan. She slammed 93 runs off 83 balls, including 11 fours and one six. Captain Katie Perkins came in after Down was dismissed in the 21st over, and also scored at more than a-run-a-ball.
Together, Perkins and McGlashan hit Auckland to victory in less than 34 overs. They won by eight wickets and picked up another bonus point.
The Hearts next two matches will be against the Northern Spirit on 1 and 2 December at Colin Maiden Park.