Browne ton helps Spirit knock out Magicians

MATT MARKHAM
Last updated 05:00 03/01/2014

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A century from Northern Spirit allrounder Nicola Browne and some below-par batting proved the catalyst for defeat for the Canterbury Magicians in their women's domestic one-day cricket match yesterday in Rangiora.

The Spirit won the toss and elected to bat, but would have been resenting the decision when two early wickets had them reeling at 17-2. A 49-run partnership between Browne and Anna Peterson steadied the ship somewhat before the latter departed for 22 of 29 balls.

Browne continued to score and was run out for 108 on the last ball of the innings, seeing her side through to a respectable 193 from their 50 overs.

Canterbury, too, were shaky early in their innings with two wickets falling in the first five overs, but a 49-run stand between Meg Kendall and Hayley Jensen gave the home side some hope.

Kendall was eventually dismissed for 52 but only brief cameos followed with Canterbury all out in the 45th over for 167, losing by 27 runs. Their last five wickets fell for just nine runs.

In other women's action, Sophie Devine led the way for a two-wicket victory to her Wellington side as they chased down the 205-run target set by Auckland in their one-day match in Wellington.

Devine caused trouble for the Auckland side with the ball picking up three wickets for just 28 runs in her 10 overs before scoring 102 runs off as many balls in the run chase.

An unbeaten 54 from White Ferns captain Susie Bates guided Otago to an eight-wicket victory over the Central Hinds in a Twenty20 match in Alexandra.

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