Anlo van Deventer headlines Central Hinds’ first win of Super Smash 2020-21

Anlo van Deventer in action for Central Hinds. © Getty Images

Central Hinds registered their first win of the Super Smash 2020-21 season when they beat Otago Sparks by six runs (DLS method) in a rain-hit encounter at the Pukekura Park in New Plymouth on Monday (January 18).

Having been put in to bat in a rain-reduced encounter – 17 overs a side – Hinds lost opener Emily Cunningham with Hayley Jensen castling her for one. Skipper Jess Watkin was aggressive at the other end hitting two fours and a six, but soon lost her partner Natalie Dodd to Emma Black for two. With Watkin getting run out for a well-made 26, they were reduced to 38 for in seven overs.

However, Anlo van Deventer in the company of Hannah Rowe took their time to steady the innings, before van Deventer smashed two boundaries in the 11th over and followed it up with launching Gemma Adams for a boundary and back-to-back sixes in the next over.

In the 14th over, van Deventer brought up her maiden T20 fifty from 31 balls. Rowe provided ample support from the other end hitting Black for a six in the same over. Hinds eventually finished at 126 for 3 from their 17 overs.

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For Sparks, Jensen was the most economical of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 1 for 22 from her four overs.

In the chase, Sparks got off to a terrible start losing both the openers Millie Cowan and Polly Inglis to be reduced to 14 for 2. Soon, it started raining again bringing the match to a halt with the score reading 14 for 2 in 4.1 overs.

Post the delay, the match was reduced to eight overs with the Otago side facing a revised target of 66 runs from eight overs. Although, they lost Jensen to run out soon, skipper Katey Martin tried her best to overhaul the target. She took on Rowe in the seventh over, smashing the pacer for 16 runs.

Needing 19 from the last over, Caitlin Blakely took seven runs from the first two balls, but the duo failed to find enough boundaries and Sparks fell short by six runs. Martin remained not out on 33 from 24 balls.

For Hinds, Watkin and Rowe took one wicket each.

Brief Scores:

Central Hinds 126/3 in 17 overs (Anlo van Deventer 63*, Jess Watkin 26; Hayley Jensen 1/22) beat Otago Sparks 59/3 in 8 overs (Katey Martin 33*; Jess Watkin 1/14) by 6 runs. (DLS method).

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