Hearts too strong for Sparks

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012

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After a positive start to the season on Friday night the Otago Sparks dropped two straight one-day games to the Auckland Hearts at the weekend at Invercargill's Queens Park.

The Sparks had recorded a confidence boosting nine-wicket Twenty20 victory on Friday night before struggling in the 50-0ver-per-side contest.

On Saturday, Auckland batted first on the good Queens Park track and got through to 221 for five from their 50 overs.

Leg-spinner Emma Campbell was the pick of the Otago bowlers taking two for 29 from her 10 overs.

When Otago sat at 72 for two the game was in the balance and set for a tense finish before a dramatic collapse.

Otago lost eight wickets for 42 runs as Auckland cruised to a 104-run win.

They had the chance to respond yesterday and again it was Auckland who won the toss and opted to bat.

They got through to 223 for six with Campbell again the pick of the bowlers taking one for 21 from 10 overs.

Suzie Bates and Lisa Grant gave the Sparks a sound start at 84 for one from 17 overs. But it wasn't enough as they again lost too many wickets late in the innings, this time bowled out for 205.

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- The Southland Times

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