The Central Hinds have had few opportunities to sing their team song this summer, but they were in full voice in the Fitzherbert Park changing sheds yesterday.
The women's cricket team racked up just their second win of the season and first of the Twenty20 competition, beating the Canterbury Magicians by seven wickets.
It has been a lean trot for the bottom-of-the-table Hinds, so it was well deserved when they belted out their song to celebrate their win, a satisfying feeling for Manawatu offspinner Mikaela Greig.
"It's a pretty good feeling to win against Canterbury," she said.
"There's four White Ferns in their team, it's pretty good.
"We were up against it.
"It was a pretty good fielding and bowling effort and finished off by the batting."
Canterbury set the home side a below-par total of 98 for 9 from their 20 overs, and the Hinds chased it down with 2.1 overs to spare.
Canterbury were well placed at 80-3, but Greig picked up the key wickets of Meg Kendal and Erin Bermingham, who was just starting to find the boundary.
Greig bowled both of them to slow down their momentum and it started the collapse as the visitors lost five wickets for 18 runs in just 2.5 overs.
"It was a pretty crucial time in the middle, but it was good to get a couple of wickets," Greig said.
"There were a couple of really good run outs as well."
Greig has been a fringe player for the Hinds this season, but was keen to perform in their final games this summer to earn a full-time spot next season.
Her Manawatu team mate Hannah Rowe grabbed two wickets late in the innings as the Canterbury tail fell over.
CD then made a solid start to the chase with Michelle Mitchell and Kate Broadmore opening the innings and put on 49 for the first wicket. But then Broadmore was out for 20 and Eimear Richardson came and went without troubling the scorers and it looked as if they were struggling.
But Mitchell played a good knock for 39 before being run out and Anlo van Deventer finished things off with 25 not out with Jess Watkin (7 not out) as they reached 99 for 3 in 17.5 overs.
Central and Canterbury were to meet again in a one-dayer starting at 10.30am today and another at 10am tomorrow.
Canterbury First innings F Mackay c Mitchell b Rowe 1 A Satterthwaite lbw b Richardson 17 H Jensen run out (Singh/Rangi) 25 M Kendal b Greig 14 E Bermingham b Greig 23 J Brehaut c Rowe b Broadmore 5 L Tahuhu run out (Van Deventer Rowe) 2 J Savage c Mitchell b Rowe 8 N Cox run out (Mitchell Rowe) 0 K Nation not out 0 H Mauafu not out 0 Extras (lb 1, wd 2, nb 0) 3 Total (for 9 wickets, 20 overs) 98 Fall: 1-3 (Mackay, 1.4), 2-33 (Satterthwaite, 7.6), 3-47 (Jensen, 11.6), 4-81 (Kendal, 17.1), 5-88 (Bermingham, 17.5), 6-88 (Brehaut, 18.1), 7-93 (Tahuhu, 19.3), 8-98 (Cox, 19.5), 9-98 (Savage, 19.6) Bowling: A Burrows 3-0-13-0, H Rowe 4-0-16-2, K Broadmore 3-0-14-1, E Richardson 2-0-10-1, M Singh 2-0-6-0, M Greig 4-0-23-2, KE Baxter 2-0-15-0 Central First innings M Mitchell run out (Satterthwaite/Jensen) 39 K Broadmore c Mackay b Mauafu 20 E Richardson b Mackay 0 A Van Deventer not out 25 J Watkin not out 7 Extras (lb 1, wd 5, nb 2) 8 Total (3 wickets, 17.5 overs) 99 Fall: 1-49 (Broadmore, 10.4), 2-51 (Richardson, 11.3), 3-80 (Mitchell, 16.2) Bowling: E Bermingham 4-0-17-0, L Tahuhu 2.5-0-16-0, F Mackay 4-1-18-1, H Jensen 3-0-24-0, H Mauafu 4-0-23-1
- Manawatu Standard
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