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Peterson, Perkins lead the way


Peterson, Perkins lead the way

Praneel HiraHearts

A record fourth-wicket partnership and centuries to veteran Katie Perkins and skipper Anna Peterson put a significant total on the board as the HEARTS defeated the Wellington Blaze by ten runs at the Basin Reserve.

The innings started slowly and was hampered by the early wickets of openers Lauren Down and Saachi Shahri. The Blaze were on top through the first half of the innings as the HEARTS took on a lesson in patience.

When Natasha van Tilburg was caught on 22, Perkins and Peterson fought through some tight Blaze bowling. Peterson found her rhythm early on as the HEARTS made their way past 100. The partnership went through the gears as Peterson brought up her 1000th HBJ run for the HEARTS.

Just when it looked like Perkins would feed the strike to her skipper, the right-hander rattled off seven boundaries in the space of ten deliveries to race through the eighties and nineties to bring up her third HEARTS hundred. It was just the finish the HEARTS needed.

The final over was left to Peterson, on 92. Peterson made her way to 98 with three balls remaining. Two dots followed. In dramatic style, Peterson hit the final ball to the boundary to register a maiden One-Day hundred. The HEARTS posted 262/3, with Perkins (101) and Peterson (102) putting on an unbeaten 198 for the fourth wicket.

The Blaze reply started confidently, with Rebecca Burns racing out to 58 before Peterson made the first breakthrough. Wickets proved difficult to come by throughout the match as Jess McFadyen and Liz Perry kept the Blaze moving. The HEARTS remained patient, however, as the required run-rate went in the right direction.

The pressure eventually told and it was Peterson who drove home the advantage after the wicket of Liz Perry (55). Though Jess Kerr loomed as a threat late in the piece, the HEARTS’ skipper ensured it was a day to remember. The off-spinner picked up a further two wickets to finish with impressive figures of 4-43. Seamer Roz McNeill’s lengthy spell cannot be understated, picking up 2-58 having taken responsibility for some crucial death overs.

The HEARTS take a win and a loss from an opening weekend of highly competitive cricket and return home to take on the Canterbury Magicians at the Eden Park Outer Oval on the weekend of November 30 / December 1.