Hearts suffer first loss in HBJ Shield

The Auckland Hearts had their first loss of the 2018/19 Hallyburton Johnstone Shield competition today, falling to the Central Hinds by six wickets.

Winning the toss and opting to bat at Melville Park, the Hearts got off to a fast start. However, losing both Maddy Green for 15 and Lauren Down for 18 within three balls put a crimp on the scoring rate.

Katie Perkins, in her 100th List-A match for the Hearts, combined with Holly Huddleston to put on a 58-run partnership. When Huddleston was out LBW for 27, Perkins batted on with Arlene Kelly.

Three wickets in the middle overs put a crimp on the Hearts. Perkins brought up her 50, but was out soon after with the score at 175/8.

Skye Bowden played her first batting innings for the Hearts, and along with Tariel Lamb, tried to propel the team to the 50 overs. Unfortunately, it was not to be, the Hearts all out for 199 in the 47th.

Chasing a slightly smaller total than they set yesterday, the Hinds got off to a fast start. Opening batsmen Jess Watkin and Natalie Dodd were able to make 60 before Roz McNeill dismissed Watkin LBW. Three overs later, Perkins took a sharp catch to see off Dodd, and the Hearts put the pressure on.

Huddleston and Anna Peterson restricted the scoring rate drastically, as Anlo van Deventer and Kerry Tomlinson built a patient innings. The slow scoring rate didn’t translate into wickets, and the Hearts began to make uncharacteristic mistakes in the field. Unable to capitalise on their chances, the bowlers went searching, and the Hinds batsmen began to score more freely.

Huddleston in particular worked hard for little reward, becoming more wayward as she looked for the breakthrough.

Van Deventer brought up her 50 off 55 balls, then was run out on 59 when Perkins scored a direct hit.

Despite losing two quick wickets, the Hinds didn’t look like faltering. They navigated the last 35 runs to the total to win with more than three overs to spare.

Full scorecard here.