Northern lack spirit and form

The Northern Spirit continue to struggle for form in the women's Twenty20 competition.

The Spirit produced their worst effort of a promising season to date when they were rolled by seven wickets by the Auckland Hearts in Auckland yesterday.

The visitors were put into bat at Melville Park after losing the toss, collapsed early and never recovered before being dismissed off the last ball of their allocated 20 overs for just 68.

Only star all-rounder Nicola Browne could hold her head high, making almost half her side's runs with an unbeaten 32 off 40 balls. The Spirit had four run-outs among their dismissals and while the hosts didn't find scoring easy, they prevailed with 4.1 overs in hand.

The Owen Steverson-coached side has now lost all three Twenty20 matches in their campaign to date, while winning two of their four one-day matches. The Spirit will now play two one-day matches today and tomorrow against the same opposition.

Waikato Times