Earlier in the day, Brave won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a good start in the powerplay by adding 43 runs, but the downside to that was the two wickets which fell. Kate Anderson was run out by Jonas for her 13-ball 12 while Peterson got the scalp of Lucy Boucher, who was dismissed for a single digit score.
Skipper Brooke Halliday was the next to go in the 12th over for her 21-ball 13 as she fell to Jonas, but by then the momentum was off the track. All this while opener, Caitlin Gurrey was holding one end with her knock of 34 off 35 but her dismissal came at the wrong time. Following the wicket of Halliday, Molly Penfold got the wicket of Sam Barriball in the very next over.
A double wicket over by Peterson was next up as she got rid of Nensi Patel and Gurrey. In no time, Brave had been reduced from 66 for two to 74 for six. Shriya Naidu’s 18-ball 14 helped them get over 100 but they could only finish on 103 for 8 in their 20 overs. Peterson took three, Jonas managed two while Penfold got one scalp.
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In reply, Auckland lost Lauren Down and Peterson in the first four overs of their innings, for 10 and 13 respectively. Katie Perkins and Bella Armstrong got together for a small partnership, which seems important, considering how things panned out eventually. Armstrong was run out for her 33-ball 20 in the 12th over and later in the same over, Holly Huddleston was dismissed for a duck by Halliday.
Credit to the Brave bowlers, who managed to slow things down in the middle overs and created a contest out of the match, but they were always going to fall short with a small score on the board. Batting at no. 3, Katie Perkins’ run-a-ball 29 was crucial. Arlene Kelly also managed 15 off 15. But, when things got a little tricky Izzy Gaze's 11-ball 10 along with Skye Bowden’s five off three came in handy as Auckland got home with seven deliveries to spare.
Auckland Hearts 105/6 in 18.5 overs (Katie Perkins 29, Bella Armstrong 20; Brooke Halliday 2/14) beat Northern Brave 103/8 (Caitlin Gurrey 34; Anna Peterson 3/14, Fran Jonas 2/17) by four wickets.