The Auckland HEARTS made the most of the Labour Weekend sunshine with mixed results against the Northern Spirit in Hamilton.
On Saturday, Saachi Shahri made 66 out of the HEARTS total of 135. The Spirit bowlers hit the ground running setting the game up for a comfortable chase despite Roz McNeill’s tidy figures of 2-9.
The visitors fared better on Sunday. Though the Spirit put on 288, youngsters Fran Jonas (4/30) and Amie Hucker (2/47) impressed with the ball. Led by stand-in skipper Regina Lilii, the HEARTS top order shook off Saturday’s disappointment to claim a two-wicket win.
Lilii steered the chase home finishing unbeaten on 107, while Bella Armstrong (54), Tariel Lamb (39), Molly Penfold (21) and McNeill (19) all made significant contributions to the successful chase.
Monday’s T20 was another highly competitive affair. Armstrong (66) and Lilii (35) again starred with the bat as the HEARTS posted 146/5. Jonas (2/23) and McNeill (2/34) were the best of the bowlers as the Spirit took victory by five wickets.
Stand-in vice-captain Bella Armstrong was thrilled with the effort of the young HEARTS side.
‘There were some awesome performances with both bat and ball.’
‘It was nice for us to get out on grass as a group and to play some competitive cricket.’
The HEARTS Hallyburton Johnstone Shield defence begins the weekend of 21 / 22 November against the Central Hinds in New Plymouth.