Brooke Halliday's all-round day helps Northern Districts thrash Auckland Hearts in HBJ Shield

Brooke Halliday's all-round day helps Northern Districts thrash Auckland Hearts in HBJ Shield

Brooke Halliday and Northern Districts © Getty Images

A century by Brooke Halliday along with two wickets with the ball rounded up what was a comprehensive win for Northern Districts by eight wickets against Auckland Hearts at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday (January 9) in the HBJ Shield match. This was the third win for the Northern District in the tournament which takes them to the third place now. 

Earlier in the day, Northern Districts won the toss and elected to field first. The story of Hearts’ innings was completely two-fold with a quite slow-moving first half. Skipper Lauren Down managed to score a fifty and tried her best to give a good start to her side. She didn’t get good support from Izzy Gaze (8), Arlene Kelly (13) and Katie Perkins (5). Down was eventually dismissed for 55 runs from 89 balls with the score of 104 for 4 in the 29th over. 

The defining stand of the innings came from Holly Huddleston and Jesse Prasad as the duo put 68 runs from 59 balls. Huddleston scored 52 runs from 55 balls while Prasad got a run-a-ball 46. Molly Penfold’s cameo of 21 runs from 12 balls also came in handy as Auckland finished on 239 all out, having scored 88 runs from the last ten overs. 

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Nensi Patel was the pick of the bowlers for Northern Districts with three scalps while Halliday and Charlotte Sarsfield also got two wickets each. Following up from that clinical bowling effort, Northern Districts were also fantastic with the bat. Caitlin Gurrey fell early for 14, but that set the pathway for a second wicket partnership of 160 runs between skipper Halliday and Sam Curtis. 

Halliday was in sublime touch with the bat hitting 12 fours and one six on the way to her second List A hundred. She stayed unbeaten for 106 off 126. Curtis also played a control knock of 65 runs from 98 deliveries. Once she fell, Halliday got together in a brisk stand with Patel. 

Batting at no.4, Patel smashed a 27-ball 37 helping the chase getting done with 22 balls to spare. Northern Districts cruised to victory with eight wickets in hand. Kelly and Penfold got a scalp each for Auckland in what turned out to be a comfortable run chase in the end. 

Brief scores: Northern Districts 240/2 in 46.2 overs (Brooke Halliday 106*, Sam Curtis 65; Ariene Kelly 1/45) beat Auckland Hearts 239 all out in 50 overs (Lauren Down 55, Holly Huddlestone 52; Nensi Patel 3 for 46) by eight wickets.