Northern Spirit score upset win

The Northern Spirit shrugged off two defeats to score a surprise one-day victory over the defending champions, Canterbury Magicians, in Whangarei yesterday.

The Owen Steverson-coached side rebounded superbly from a Twenty20 defeat on Friday and a one-day loss on Saturday to knock over the visitors to Cobham Oval by 76 runs in the final match of their season-opening series.

White Ferns all-rounder Nicola Browne was a key contributor as she made a crushing 76 off 81 balls, including nine fours, as the hosts rattled their way to 230-6 in their 50 overs.

The Spirit then made a crucial breakthrough when Felicity Leydon-Davis trapped Frances Mackay lbw for 31 in Canterbury's reply, breaking a threatening second-wicket partnership of 46 with Amy Satterthwaite.

Mackay had been the key figure in her side's 79-run victory the previous day when she made 120, and while Satterthwaite made 63 off 86 balls, no-one else in the visiting team provided enough support as Anna Peterson ripped through the middle and lower order.

The off-spinner finished with outstanding figures of 5-24 off 10 overs as the Magicians were dismissed for 154 in the 42nd over.

"It was a really good performance," Steverson said.

"Nicola turned it on with the bat and we put some good solid partnerships together, and we stuck to our plans well with the ball and created pressure."

Opener Natalie Dodd made 33, Peterson 29 and Kerry Tomlinson 30 while Brooke Kirkbride (1-13 off seven overs) and Morna Nielsen (2-26 off 9.1) assisted Peterson with the ball.

"It was a nice result for us - there were things we did really well and things we still need to keep working on," Steverson said.

Waikato Times