Spotlight Reporting Joy Lamason Trophy | Hamilton goes big, North City upset defending champions

Hutt District 284/7 (Hamilton 167, Kells 41, Francis 3-26) beat Petone 179/5 (Francis 99, Leach 23) by 105 runs

Hutt District and Wellington Blaze wicketkeeper batter Antonia Hamilton showed her promise on the opening day of Joy Lamason Trophy action blasting 167 from 121 balls to lead her side to a comfortable 105-run win over Petone-Riverside.


Batting first, Hamilton hit the Petone-Riverside bowlers all around the ground in an innings that included 18 boundaries at a strike-rate of a touch over 138.

Fellow opener Hannah Kells was also in form acting as an anchor to Hamilton’s innings reaching 41 as the pair put on 154 for the first wicket.

Hamilton was eventually bowled by Hannah Francis and Kells caught and bowled soon after by Esme Olney-Boyd, but the damage had already been done as Hutt sat pretty at 193/2 with 10 overs remaining, finishing their innings with a formidable 284 on the board.

The Petone-Riverside batters were always behind the run-rate in their response, as wickets fell at regular intervals to halt their side’s momentum.

Opener Hannah Francis had taken 3-26 earlier with the ball and came five balls shy of carrying her bat throughout the innings with the bat.

The Petone opener’s 99 was the shining light in the Petone chase, but it wasn’t enough to steer her side to victory.

Juliette Langley and Olney-Boyd fell early in the chase, but Francis found a partner in Charlotte Leach as the pair put on 115 runs for the third wicket.

The Hutt District bowlers were always in control though, strangling the Petone batters as the run-rate continued to rise.

On 99 Hannah Francis was deserving of three-figures but some sharp work by Christine Blunden in the field and Antonia Hamilton behind the stumps saw her run-out one shy of the milestone as Hutt completed a comfortable win.


North City 161 (Ramanathan 56, Shanks 4-23) beat Wellington Collegians 104 (Brearton 22, McKenzie 3-29) by 57 runs

In the early game, competition newbies North City pulled off a big upset, defeating the defending champions Wellington Collegians by 57 runs.


Collegians who were without last summer’s leading run-scorer Florence Marshall got off to a good start after winning the toss and bowling first.

Isla Shanks (4-23) and Nicole Baird (3-14) were the standouts in the Collegians bowling arsenal as North City were bowled out for 161 – opener Neharika Ramanathan the best of the North City batters with a tidy 56 from 81 balls.

Collegians got off to a good start in the chase and were looking good at 52-2 after ten overs, but two wickets in two balls from Isla McKenzie killed Collegians' momentum and swung the match back in North City’s favour.

Dani Brearton was the first of McKenzie’s scalps, trapped in front, before Zoe Wishnowky was bowled the very next ball.

McKenzie then got Ivy Robinson LBW three overs later to finish with figures of 3-29 as Collegians found themselves reeling at 73/5.

Amy Johnson then went bang bang removing Nicole Baird for 18 and Abby Carr for a duck, to put the competition newbies well in control.

Gretchen McAleer was out caught next for five before the North City bowlers wrapped up the Collegians tail to claim a memorable 57-run win.


Upper Hutt 174 (Fuller 54, Bryant 24, Greenlees 3-17) lost to Johnsonville 175/7 (Chatterji 76, Macrae 29, Busby 2-36) 

Johnsonville claimed a first round win over Upper Hutt United thanks to a strong top-order showing from Scotland international Priyanaz Chatterji.


Losing the toss and asked to bat first Upper Hutt United were bowled out for 174 – Lottie Fuller’s 54 the best of the Upper Hutt batters, as Johnsonville’s Annissa Greenlees picked up figures of 3-17.

Openers Olivia Macrae and Clara Kemp got the Johnsonville chase off to a good start. Rachel Bryant got Macrae caught and bowled for 29 before assisting in running out Kemp for 23.

That brought Chatterji to the crease whose innings would be a defining one – her 76 came from 50 balls with 11 sixes as she continued to shift the momentum Johnsonville’s way.

She was eventually run-out by Bryant who finished the match with three run-outs and bowling figures of 1-37, but the Johnsonville lower order ticked off the remaining runs required to claim a two-wicket win.


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Article added: Monday 25 October 2021