The Canterbury Magicians women's cricket team scored an impressive first-up win over reigning T20 champions Wellington at Hagley Oval last night.
The home team's bowlers restricted the visitors to 100 for five after sending them in and then knocked off the target in the 18th over just one wicket down.
All the Magicians bowlers carded economical figures with none better than Erin Bermingham's two for 16 from her four overs . She removed the opening pair White Ferns Lucy Doolan and Rachel Priest after they had added 31 for the first wicket both caught by skipper Amy Satterthwaite.
Bermingham was well backed by Rachel Candy, Lea Tahuhu, Hayley Jensen and Frances Mackay who all had tidy spells.
Only White Fern all-rounder Sophie Devine got underway with 31 at run-a-ball pace, including two fours and a six, but even the dangerous Devine was not allowed to dominate before being dismissed with three balls remaining.
Canterbury then started strongly with Mackay and Satterthwaite sharing a 74-run opening stand, Satterthwaite timing the ball sweetly striking eight fours in her 44 from 39 balls.
Jensen with an unbeaten 15 from 11 balls then assisted Mackay, 33 not out from 58balls, in reaching the target. Wellington had beaten Canterbury in last season's T20 final after the Magicians had qualified top.
The teams now meet in two 50 over matches at Hagley Oval today and Rangiora tomorrow.
Short scoreboards: Wellington 100-5 (S Devine 31; E Bermingham 2-16) lost to Canterbury 103-1 in 17.5 overs (A Satterthwaite 44, F Mackay 33no); Central Districts 100-6 (K Broadmore 50no, M Mitchell 36) lost to Auckland 103-2 (S McGlashan 44no, S Curtis 26, V Lind 20); Northern Districts v Otago washed out.
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