Frances Mackay hogs limelight as Canterbury Magicians crush Central Hinds  

Frances Mackay in action for Canterbury. © Getty Images

Frances Mackay registered her career-best T20 figures before leading with the bat at the top of the order leading Canterbury Magicians to a resounding victory over Central Hinds in the ongoing Super Smash on Sunday (January 10) at Christchurch. This was Magicians’ second victory in three games.

Hinds made a horrible start losing Emily Cunningham for a duck in the first over itself before Jess Watkin (15) and Natalie Dodd revived the innings for a brief period with a 31-run partnership for the second wicket.

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However, things turned worse for Hinds when Mackay dismissed both Dodd (21) and Anlo van Deventer (12) in the same over itself to start the downfall. Dodd was the first one to go, trapped in front before Van Deventer gave a simple catch to Natalie Cox.

Hannah Rowe too didn’t last long, run out for just seven, before Kerry-Anne Tomlinson fell victim to Mackay for just two to give the right-arm spinner her third for the day. However, it was Kate Gagging’s fighting 28 towards the end of the innings that propelled Hinds to the exact 100-run mark.

For Magicians, Mackay finished for 4/10 in her four overs while Gaby Sullivan, Jacinta Savage and KM Sims took a wicket apiece. Chasing an easy total, Mackay and Cox gave were off to a flying start with the former being the more aggressive between the two.

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The right-hander Mackay, who last played for the national side in 2019, was a treat to watch as she played some beautiful shots hitting nine boundaries in the process. She was caught behind by Dodd two runs shy of her half-century.

Amy Satterthwaite (29 not out) and Kate Ebrahim (15 not out) then saw the team home in 13 overs. For Hinds, Claudia Green and Watkin took one wicket apiece.

Brief scores: Central Hinds 100/9 in 20 overs (Kate Gagging 28; Frances Mackay 4/10) lost to Canterbury Magicians 101/2 in 13 overs (Frances Mackay 48) by eight wickets.

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