Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu star in Canterbury Magicians’ clinical win

Canterbury Magicians celebrate a wicket © Getty Images

Amy Satterthwaite scored an unbeaten 56 after Lea Tahuhu and Gabby Sullivan ran through the Otago Sparks line-up to help Canterbury Magicians win their opening fixture in the Super Smash 2020-21 at the Molyneux Park in Alexandra on Tuesday (December 29).

Chasing a moderate target of 113, Satterthwaite came into bat in the second ball of the innings after Magicians lost skipper Frances Mackay in the first ball with ME Loe trapping her in front of the wicket.

In the company of Natalie Cox, Satterthwaite took the score to 46 for 1 in the power play smashing six fours inside the first six overs. She was particularly severe on Hayley Jensen punishing her for three boundaries in the fifth over.

Although Sophie Oldershaw broke the 74-run partnership between the pair when she had Cox caught in the deep for 29, Satterthwaite continued to go for her shots and brought up her fifty from just 35 balls in the 13th over. Number four Kate Ebrahim finished the match with a four and a single in the 16th over bowled by Emma Black to help Magicians romp home to an easy eight wicket win with 27 balls to spare. This was Sparks’ second defeat in as many days.

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Earlier, opting to bat, the Otago side started slowly scoring only 19 runs from the first four overs. In the final deliver of the fourth over, Tahuhu castled Millie Cowan for nine to get the breakthrough for the Canterbury side. She had Katey Martin too in the next over when she dismissed the right-hander for three.

Soon Sparks found themselves in deep trouble when they lost in-form Polly Inglis to Kristy Havill in the seventh over to be reduced to 35 for 3. Jensen and Caitlin Blakely took the score to 65 before Mackay struck twice to remove both of them to have the Sparks reeling at 76 for 5 in 14 overs.

Sullivan ran through the lower-order before Tahuhu came back to finish the innings off as the Sparks were skittled out for 112 in the last ball of the innings. Bella James, who was the last to be dismissed, top-scored with a 19-ball 24.

For Magicians, Tahuhu finished with figures of 3 for 11, while Sullivan took 3 for 19 from her four overs. Mackay had two wickets to her credit.

Brief Scores:

Otago Sparks 112/10 in 20 overs (Bella James 24, Polly Inglis 21; Lea Tahuhu 3/11, Gabby Sullivan 3/19) lost to Canterbury Magicians 113/3 in 15.3 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 56*, Natalie Cox 29; Sophie Oldershaw 1/21) by eight wickets.

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