Despite constant interference from the weather, the Canterbury Women’s U-21 team have beaten the Wellington Women U-21 team by 37 runs thanks to a magnificent bowling display.
Wellington won the toss and opted to have first crack with the ball in some overcast conditions.
It seemed that Canterbury had avoided the early danger and were cruising at 25 without loss. However within the space of four balls the game changed in the most dramatic of circumstances.
Katie Hoffman destroyed the top order and took three wickets for one run, a wide the only thing to stop her getting a hatrick. Thankfully for Canterbury their opener Lisa Moore (29) and captain Jacinta Savage steadied the ship and made sure that things stayed respectable.
The lower order continued to produce with Hayley Aburn contributing 25 as she helped Canterbury reach 122 all out in the 38th over.
Despite Hoffman’s impressive over, it was Rebecca Burns who finished with the best figures for Wellington as she picked up five for 21 off six overs.
With such a low total the chase looked to be an easy one for Wellington, but soon found themselves under immense pressure thanks to the loss of regular wickets.
Captain Rachel Chin (19) did her best to save the innings, but her team crumbled to 64 for eight. There was a late wag from the tail, but eventually fell well short as they ended all out for 85 in the 35th over.
It was an impressive bowling performance from the Canterbury team with Camilla Hughes being the pick of them as she collected figures of five for 24 from nine overs.