Natalie Dodd stars in Hinds’ comprehensive win; Frances Mackay headlines Canterbury’s thrashing of Wellington

Natalie Dodd in action during the HBJ Shield © Getty Images

Unbeaten century from Natalie Dodd headlined Central Hinds’ clinical four-wicket win over Otago Sparks as Katey Martin’s knock of 105 went in vain at the University of Otago Oval in Dunedin on Sunday (December 20).

Having elected to field in a rain-reduced match- 45 overs a side – Jess Watkin got the Hinds off to a perfect start removing both the openers in the fourth over of the innings. Soon Sparks were reduced to 25 for 3 when they lost in-form Caitlin Blakely for ten.

However, Katey Martin in the company of skipper Bella James took the score to 99 in 28 overs before she put on a century partnership with Polly Inglis from just 84 balls.

35-year-old Martin brought up her sixth List A century from 99 balls in the 41st over before she was caught by Hannah Rowe off Monique Rees. Inglis smashed Melissa Hansen for a six to go past her fifty but was dismissed next ball for 53. The Otago side finished their innings at 231 for 6 in their 45 overs.

For Hinds, Watkin and Jensen finished with two wickets each to their name, while Rees and Mikaela Greig were the other wicket-takers.

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In the chase, Dodd and Emily Cunningham got out of the blocks quickly, bringing up fifty in the ninth over. Even though Eden Carson castled Cunnigham for 46 and Watkin departed early for just 16, 28-year-old Dodd put the chase back on track with a 65-run partnership with skipper Anlo van Deventer, while bringing up her tenth HBJ Shield century in the process. She remained not out on 108 not out when Georgia Atkinson brought up their fifth win of the season with a six in the 44th over.

Carson was the most successful bowler for the Otago side with two wickets to her name.

At the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, Canterbury Magicians handed Wellington Blaze a 139-run thrashing, courtesy of an allround performance from Frances Mackay and Amy Satterthwaite as they shared a century partnership before combining to take five wickets between them.

Frances Mackay overtook Sara McGlashan as the overall run-scorer in New Zealand’s Domestic one-day competition © Getty Images

Having opted to bat, 30-year-old Mackay put on 127 runs with Satterthwaite for the second wicket and broke the record of Sara McGlashan to become the leading overall run-scorer in the history of New Zealand’s domestic One Day competition during her knock of 68. A few lusty blows in the final overs by Kate Ebrahim and Natalie Cox took Magicians to a mammoth score of 275 for 4 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Blaze struggled to get consistent partnerships although skipper Thamsyn Newton and Caitlin King showed some promise with knocks of 34 runs each. But with Mackay accounting for King and Satterthwaite taking out Newton, the Wellington side suffered a collapse and lost last six wickets for 14 runs to be all out for 136 in 42.5 overs.

Mackay finished with incredible figures of 3 for 18 from her ten overs, while Katie Sims took her career-best List A figures of 3 for 19.

Elsewhere, defending champions Auckland Hearts registered their fourth win of the season with a 46-run win over Northern Districts at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland.

Batting first after winning the toss, Hearts didn’t have the greatest of starts as they lost wickets in regular intervals and were reduced to 75 for 4 in 19.5 overs. Katie Perkins and Saachi Shahri shared an important 105-run stand for the fifth wicket to take the score to 180 in the 36th over.

However, once Felicity Leydon-Davis sent Perkins back for 63, Brooke Halliday ran through the lower-order to dismiss the Auckland side for 222 in 49.1 overs. Halliday finished with career-best List A figures of 4 for 33.

In the chase, Northern Districts kept losing wickets at regular intervals, failing to form any significant partnership after the 50-run partnership between Leydon-Davis and Kate Anderson was broken by Fran Jonas.

Kate Anderson top-scored for them with a 68-ball 55 before she was trapped in front by Bella Armstrong. Post Anderson’s dismissal the Northern Districts innings fizzled out and were bundled out for 176 in 42.4 overs.

For Hearts, 16-year-old Jonas continued her impressive show to finish with figures of 3 for 22, while Armstrong, Roz McNeill and Jess Prasad took two wickets each.

Brief Scores:

Otago Sparks 231/6 in 45 overs (Katey Martin 105, Polly Inglis 53; Jess Watkin 2/35, Melissa Hansen 2/43) lost to Central Hinds 236/6 in 43.5 overs (Natalie Dodd 108*, Emily Cunningham 46; Eden Carson 2/38) by four wickets.

Canterbury Magicians 275/4 in 50 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 81, Frances Mackay 68) lost to Wellington Blaze 136/10 in 42.5 overs (Thamsyn Newton 34, Caitlin King 34; Frances Mackay 3/18, Katie Sims 3/19) by 139 runs.

Auckland Hearts 222/10 in 49.2 overs (Saachi Shahri 65, Katie Perkins 63; Lauren Heaps 4/34, Brooke Halliday 4/33, Eimear Richardson 2/26) beat Northern Districts 176/10 in 42.4 overs (Kate Anderson 55, Eimear Richardson 26; Fran Jonas 3/22Jesse Prasad 2/18) by 46 runs.