Dominant Devine nets a ton and three wickets

FINE FORM: Wellington Blaze captain Sophie Devine on her way to 102 at the Basin Reserve.
FINE FORM: Wellington Blaze captain Sophie Devine on her way to 102 at the Basin Reserve.

Sophie Devine has yet again underlined her dominance of domestic women's cricket, scoring a run-a-ball century to guide Wellington to a two-wicket win over Auckland yesterday.

The visiting Hearts were unbeaten in the one-day competition before yesterday's match at the Basin Reserve.

And the Aucklanders would have been feeling hopeful of maintaining that record after posting 205-9 batting first before Holly Huddlestone (4-29) removed both Blaze openers, Lucy Doolan and Renee Moffitt, in the first over without scoring.

Enter captain Devine, who came to the crease at 1-2 and departed with the finish line in sight at 196-5.

Her 102 from as many balls included 14 boundaries and she found willing allies in Rachel Priest (40) and Liz Perry (30 not out).

Devine's dismissal sparked a minor collapse and Auckland had a sniff as Michelle Bunkall, Thamsyn Newton and Sian Ruck followed the skipper back to the sheds in quick succession.

But Wellington got home with eight overs to spare.

Double international Devine was also the best Blaze bowler, taking 3-28 from her 10 overs.

Auckland's Sara McGlashan had threatened to take the game away from Wellington, hitting four sixes in her 55-ball 61 before being run out by Bunkall.

Wellington remain third on the standings with three wins and two losses. The win was revenge for Auckland's Twenty20 victory on Wednesday and the teams resume hostilities with another one-dayer today.

Meanwhile, former Central Districts all-rounder BJ Barnett provided the star turn in Wellington A's five-wicket win over Otago A yesterday.

Barnett smoked 137 from 91 balls as Wellington chased down Otago's 282 all out with 14.3 overs to spare in the national tournament at Lincoln.

Seamers Ollie Newtown and Iain McPeake were Wellington's most successful bowlers, taking 3-36 and 3-40 respectively.

The Dominion Post