A replay of last season’s Joy Lamason Trophy Final, a mid-table clash and a battle between second place and bottom place headlines round seven.
Hutt District v Collegians
A replay of the Joy Lamason Trophy Final occurs this weekend, with Hutt District playing Collegians.
Hutt District sit top of the table, with four wins in four matches. They have been devastating with the bat all season and last weekend was no different, with Hannah Kells scoring 96 not out against Petone.
In the reverse fixture between these two teams in round two, it was the Hutt District’s bowling that won the match. They kept Collegians to just 115, with Deanna Doughty taking 3/19. She is a key player in this match, having got Collegians star player Florence Marshall out early in the previous fixture.
Collegians struggled early on, however they are coming off a major upset win against North City. Florence Marshall was incredible, scoring 102 off 100 not out against a quality bowling lineup. She is crucial in this game, where Hutt District has a strong bowling side.
Collegians had a great game all-round last weekend, with Gretchen McAleer taking 6/34 in an excellent display of bowling. This match against Hutt District will be tough, however she is in good form and can be a match-winner for Collegians in this clash.
Petone v Johnsonville
A mid-table clash between Petone and Johnsonville will decide which team is third place heading into the last couple of rounds.
Petone had a narrow 11 run loss to top of the table Hutt District last weekend, but looked good throughout. Charlotte Leach took three wickets against a stacked Hutt District batting lineup, keeping them to just 220.
Petone struggled early on, however they bounced back from that to become a finals contender. Much of this is due to Caitlin King, who has been instrumental in the sides success. Against Johnsonville in round two, she scored 30 and took 3/15 and could do similar this weekend.
Johnsonville lost to Petone in that match by 17 runs, however there were some positive signs. Dhriti Girish was particularly impressive, taking 4/21, against the strong Petone batting lineup. She will be a key player against the same opposition in this round.
The side lost narrowly to Upper Hutt last weekend and need to bounce back. Megan Macrae was superb in that match, taking 3/20 and will be crucial in this match against Petone.
Upper Hutt v North City
Upper Hutt hosts North City this weekend, after winning their first match of the season last round. North City are coming off their first loss of the season, making this a fascinating fixture.
Upper Hutt had a gritty 17 run victory over Johnsonville last weekend, with Allie Philp taking 4/17 in a match-winning spell. She is key in this match for Upper Hutt, who have the potential to upset North City.
If they are to upset, they must bat well against the quality North City bowling lineup. Rachel Bryant has been consistent this season as the side’s top run scorer with 88 runs.
After a tough loss last weekend, North City need to re-capture their form and beat Upper Hutt. Captain Phoenix Williams was solid with the bat in the loss, scoring 42. Upper Hutt have a good bowling lineup, so she will need to continue that form into this match.
In this fixture in round two, North City bowled out Upper Hutt for 56 and won by five wickets. Ava Conroy was superb, taking 3/13. She is the side’s strike bowler and Upper Hutt will be wary of her in this match.
By Josh DeanArticle added: Friday 03 December 2021
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