The sirens aren't sounding just yet, but the Canterbury Magicians will be keen to get their campaign back on track after a scratchy loss to big rivals the Wellington Blaze.
The Blaze have enjoyed the upper hand against the red and blacks all season and are moving on up the table.
They were comprehensive against the Magicians this afternoon as they hosted at the Basin - with Wellington Blaze wicketkeeper Jess McFadyen equalling the NZ women's T20 record for most dismissals in a match, with two stumpings and three catches.
Traditionally one of the top women's sides in the country in the T20 format, the Blaze set the Magicians a chase of 143 - then scorched their way to a 45-run win.
Magicians captain Frankie Mackay produced a fighting fifty (55 not out) from first drop - her 14 half ton, equalling Amy Satterthwaite's Canterbury record in the fifties department.
But she had minimal support as she watched her side crumble to 70/7, the chase petering out at 97/7 in the 20 overs.
Blaze superstar Melie Kerr had earlier top-scored with 50 for the hosts - her third consecutive half century this season, while fellow WHITE FERNS spinner Leigh Kasperek had another excellent day with the ball, claiming 3-21.
The win takes the Blaze into clear second on the table: unbeaten after three games, while the Otago Sparks are undefeated after four games.
Article added: Wednesday 22 December 2021
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