Canterbury slipped to fourth on the national one-day women's championship ladder after suffering a 30-run loss to Wellington in the capital yesterday.
The Magicians have now won just two of their six matches with one washed out, after the first leg of their away double header against Wellington.
Yesterday they appeared to have the match within their grasp as the home side were reduced to 133 for eight after 30 overs, but tailender Michelle Bunkall teamed with Andrea Stockwell to add what became a match-winning 97- run stand for the ninth wicket.
Bunkall made 59 from 63 balls with five fours and a six, while the Canterbury bowlers did not help their cause with 35 wides.
Canterbury made a solid start being 89 for one in the 24th over but despite a Janet Brehaut half century they could not get the better of the capital's tidy attack.
Double international Sophie Devine shut down any hopes of a Magicians revival taking three of the final four wickets.
Auckland is the only unbeaten side with six wins, while Otago, who beat Central Districts in a double-header at Napier and Wellington, are tied for second on 14.
Canterbury have a total of 12 points.
- The Press
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