Blaze back on top

Central Hinds 100-8 in 20 overs (Esther Lanser 27*, Amelia Kerr 2-9) lost to Wellington Blaze 104-2 in 17.1 overs (Amelia Kerr 52*, Lucy Doolan 27) by eight wickets at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth.

The Wellington Blaze roared back to the top of the table in style with an eight wicket win over the Central Hinds in New Plymouth. It was Amelia Kerr who starred once again with two wickets for just nine runs from her four overs, and 52 not out in an assured performance.

The Hinds lost wickets in clumps, which robbed their innings of any real momentum. Their openers were going steadily before Emily Cunningham (14), Natalie Dodd (13*) and Anlo van Deventer (0) all went with the score on 28.

The home team lost another three wickets for just three runs with the score on 45, and it was left to Esther Lanser (27*) to bring some respectability to the total.

In the field, the Blaze were able to build pressure and force the Hinds to hit in the air, and effect two run outs.

Hearts were in mouths when Rebecca Burns prodded outside off stump to Rosemary Mair to be caught by Dodd behind the stumps from the first ball of the innings – but Amelia Kerr came in and formed the match winning partnerships with Lucy Doolan (27) and skipper Liz Perry (17*).

Doolan and Kerr were harsh on anything dropped short or pitched wide, and ran their singles hard so they were never under scoreboard pressure. Going at around a run a ball, the Blaze did it comfortably in the end and were rewarded with top spot after an extremely tidy performance in tricky conditions.

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