Georgia Atkinson, Mikaela Greig shine in round one of Central Super League 

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Georgia Atkinson, Mikaela Greig shine in round one of Central Super League 

Georgia Atkinson in action for Central Districts Hinds. © Central Districts

While an allround performance from Georgia Atkinson helped Palmerston North Tui defeat New Plymouth Power, Coastal Challengers Levin trumped Tararua Kotahi courtesy to a comprehensive performance from Mikaela Greig and Kerry Tomlinson in round one of the Central Super League franchise competition in Palmerston North on Saturday (November 28).

Palmerston North Tui v New Plymouth Power

After electing to bat, the Natalie Dodd-led New Plymouth Power started well before Ashleigh Hurley trapped Emily Cunningham in front of the stumps for a 31-ball 23. George Atkinson removed Dodd and Aimee Wisnewski shortly after, to leave New Plymouth Power struggling at 72 for three. 

With Hurley and Jasmine Odell picking wickets at regular intervals, they were all out for 129 in 40 overs. Atkinson was the pick of the bowlers with four for 34 in her ten overs.


Opening the batting, Atkinson lost her partner Ocean Bartlett in the first ball of the chase. However, she built a partnership with Ashtuti Kumar and helped the team get across the line with an unbeaten 77 from 100 balls.

Speaking after the match, the Tui skipper and Kiwi allrounder Hannah Rowe said that the tournament was an opportunity for everyone in the Central Districts region to play more cricket. “For both the Central Hinds and Districts players, this is definitely a step up from The Shrimpton Trophy, and I think that is going to be really positive for our whole region," she added. 

Coastal Challengers Levin v Tararua Kotahi

Chasing 166, the Coastal Challengers lost their captain Jess Watkin early as they were stuttering at 43 for two. Mikaela Greig and Kerry Tomlinson joined hands to rescue the team. 

Both Tomlinson and Greig brought up their half-centuries and ensured that the Challengers did not lose any further wickets. They added 123 runs to get their team across the line in the 36th over. 

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Earlier, after electing to bowl, Greig and Flora Devonshire made inroads in the Kotahi batting line-up. Melissa Hansen top-scored for them with a 33 and helped them get to 165 for 10 in 47.2 overs. While Greig picked up three wickets giving away 25 runs, Devonshire two crucial wickets for just 15 runs in her three overs.

Brief Scores: 

Palmerston North Tui 132/2 in 28.4 overs (Georgia Atkinson 77, Claudia Green 2/22) beat New Plymouth Power 129/10 in 40 overs (Emily Cunningham 23, Georgia Atkinson 4/34) by eight wickets

Coastal Challengers Levin 166/2 in 35.5 overs (Mikaela Greig 53) beat   Tararua Kotahi 165/10 in 47.2 overs (Melissa Hansen 33, Mikaela Greig 3/25) by eight wickets.