Canterbury Magicians grab a key win over ND

BRENDON EGAN
Last updated 05:00 04/01/2014

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Defending one-day women's cricket champions the Canterbury Magicians kept their final chances alive with a crucial 20-run victory over Northern Districts in Rangiora yesterday.

The Magicians started the game fourth on the six-team standings and knew, with five games remaining in the 50-over competition, they desperately needed a win.

Batting first, Canterbury recovered from a dreadful start - in deep trouble at 20 for four in the eighth over.

Hayley Jensen steadied the ship for the Magicians, scoring a patient 73, the highest one-day domestic total of her career, to hold the innings together.

She received admirable support from Erin Bermingham, who contributed 39, and combined for a 80-run fifth-wicket partnership with Jensen. Jacinta Savage also chipped in with a handy 23, while Natalie Cox and Kirsty Nation helped Canterbury push past the 200 mark with an unbeaten 44-run ninth wicket stand.

Felicity Leydon-Davis was outstanding with the ball for Northern Districts, nabbing five for 18 from her 10 overs.

Northern Districts' run chase was slow going for most of the way, but with White Fern Nicola Browne at the crease, the visitors always had a chance.

Browne top-scored for Northern Districts with 57 runs from 80 balls, adding 104 for the fourth wicket with Emma Parker.

Bermingham picked up the key scalp of Browne with six overs remaining, firmly swinging the game in Canterbury's favour.

Short boards:

In Rangiora: Canterbury 211-8 (H Jensen 73, E Bermingham 39, J Savage 23, F Leydon-Davis 5-18, E Parker 2-47) beat Northern Districts 191-6 (N Browne 57, E Parker 34, L Tahuhu 2-45) by 20 runs.

In Wellington:Wellington v Auckland abandoned due to rain

In Alexandra:

Otago 279-5 (K Martin 113 not out, L Kasperek 70, A Burrows 2-47) beat Central Districts 182-4 (E Richardson 102 not out, K Broadmore 31) by 97 runs.

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