A familiar sight at Karori Park this weekend: Sophie Devine finds the boundary in her match-winning innings of 71 off 45 balls in Friday's Twenty20 clash between the Wellington Blaze and the Central Hinds.
Wellington Blaze skipper Sophie Devine’s bat was smoking on Sunday afternoon after she had led her side to their second win in three matches against the Central Hinds in the opening weekend of women’s matches at Karori Park.
On Friday night’s opening Twenty20 mach, Devine blasted 71 off 45 balls to give the Blaze victory inside 15 overs, hitting three sixes and 10 fours. It was the Devine show as well in Sunday’s second 50-over match against the Hinds with her cracking 108 off 62 balls, including six sixes and 11 fours, to guide the Blaze to a 6-wicket win.
Central finished on top of Saturday’s first 50-over encounter, successfully defending their score of 226 for 9, meaning the teams won one apiece in the first two matches of the domesic women’s One-Day season.
The Blaze travel to Mt Manganui to play the Northern Spirit in their second round set of matches his coming weekend.
Match reports from the Blaze’s two wins this weekend against the Hinds:Twenty20 (Friday):
Sophie Devine went on a rampage in the Wellington Blaze’s Twenty20 match against the Central Hinds and guided her side to a convincing seven wicket victory.
Chasing the Hinds first innings total of 104, Devine clobbered her way to an unbeaten 71 to claim a first round victory after 15 overs.
Renee Moffitt (11) and Leigh Kasperek (10) provided small cameos, but Devine needed little help as she slammed three sixes and ten fours in an electric 45 ball innings.
No bowler was safe, with all of the Hinds’ attack feeling the Blaze Skipper’s wrath. Abby Burrows was the only one to find any success with two wickets for 18 runs off her four overs.
Earlier the Hinds had made their way past the 100 mark thanks to 34 from opener Rachel Priest and 30 from all-rounder Kate Broadmore.
Just as Broadmore had looked to finish with a flourish, she was sent packing by 17 year-old Thamsyn Newton. The medium pace bowler showed she was one to watch out for in the future and finished with figures of two for 27 from four overs.
One-Day 50-overs (Sunday):
For the second time this weekend the Central Hinds have felt the wrath of Sophie Devine, as they suffered a four wicket loss to the Wellington Blaze at Karori Park, Wellington.
Devine blasted her way to 108 off 62 balls to lead the way in the Blaze’s successful pursuit of the Hinds’ first innings score of 218 for four.
The home side had looked vulnerable at 49 for two in the 14th over, but the arrival of Devine changed everything.
The skipper crushed a whopping 11 fours and six sixes in her innings and brought up her century off a lightning quick 60 balls. The innings comes after Devine also smashed 71 when the two sides met on Friday for their Twenty20 encounter.
Devine found assistance from openers Lucy Doolan (44) and Rebecca Burns (21), before Thamsyn Newton (8) saw out the match after 41.2 overs.
Michelle Bunkall was the best of the bowlers and had statisticss of two for 38 from ten overs.
Earlier, Sara McGlashan had led her side past 200 to set the Blaze a challenging total.
The number three cracked six fours and showed all her class over the 139 balls innings. Just 15 away from triple digits she finally succumbed lbw after 43.6 overs.
She found willing helpers in Rachel Priest (49) and Kate Broadmore (31*), but with the mood that Devine was in, even 218 wasn’t enough.