01 Jul, Friday

The Auckland Hearts win back to back Women's One Day Finals!

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The Auckland Hearts win back to back Women’s One Day Finals!

Iain LaxonHearts

A clinical all round performance from the Auckland Hearts saw the dominate the Women’s One Day final against the Wellington Blaze.

The Hearts’ Holly Huddleston (3-30) produced a giant-killing opening spell to have Blaze stars Eimear Richardson, Sophie Devine and Liz Perry all back in the pavilion quickly, the Blaze reeling as they went from 26 for one to 27 for three in the blink of an eye.

It was a nightmare from which they struggled to recover, however WHITE FERNS opener Rachel Priest showed her class by remaining unfazed — carrying on for her fourth One-Day century for the Blaze, 107 off 117 deliveries, and never at a more vital time.

She finally found support from Gemma Krebs at eight, who battled 56 deliveries for her 13 runs, and later Allex Evans before Priest was bowled in the 44th over by Roz McNeill.

Check out all the first innings wickets below.

By the time schoolgirl legspinner Amelia Kerr broke their 134-run opening stand, just a dozen runs remained for victory, and even a late flutter of wickets could not stop them from grabbing the trophy with both hands.

Dismissed in 45.2 overs, the Blaze had set the Hearts a chase of just 146 for the silverware, and the composure of Hearts openers Lauren Down (63) and Sam Curtis (an unbeaten 65) ensured that the trophy would stay in the cabinet. The pair made batting look easy during their partnership and provided few glimmers of hope for the Wellington Blaze. Both Down and Curtis pushed the scoring along well as they mixed singles with some well struck boundaries. The duo’s efforts were much appreciated by the strong Melville Park crowd. 

By the time schoolgirl legspinner Amelia Kerr broke their 134-run opening stand, just a dozen runs remained for victory, and even a late flutter of wickets could not stop them from grabbing the trophy with both hands.

Full scorecard here.

Take a listen to Sam Curtis and Roz McNeill on the Auckland Hearts win.