Blaze and Magicians match up in State League final

As top qualifiers the State Wellington Blaze will host the State League women’s cricket final against the defending champions the State Canterbury Magicians at the Allied Nationwide Finance Basin Reserve in Wellington this Saturday.

Wellington set the pace

Wellington were run away top qualifiers, winning eight of their ten games and collecting four bonus points to lead the competition all year.

They have a solid batting line up that can produce big scores but an equally deadly bowling attack that has defended some modest totals this season.

The competition leaders will be looking for more of the same from their three in form all-rounder’s Sophie Devine, Amanda Cooper and Lucy Doolan.

Megan Wakefield will be hoping to recapture some of her early season form that helped give Wellington such a strong start to the competition.

State Wellington Blaze leading performers:

Batting Innings Runs HS Ave
Megan Wakefield 10 362 120 36.20
Sophie Devine 10 252 83* 28.00
Amanda Cooper 10 193 85* 21.44
Lucy Doolan 10 192 42 19.20
Bowling Balls Runs Wickets BB Ave Econ
Lucy Doolan 500 256 20 3-20 12.80 3.07
Anna Dodd 472 282 17 3-12 16.58 3.58
Sophie Devine 516 296 13 3-25 22.76 3.44
Amanda Cooper 391 198 12 6-9 16.50 3.03

Canterbury pull through when it counts

Canterbury snuck into second place on the back of their 49 run victory over the Blaze last Sunday – a result that will give them confidence heading into the final. 

The Magicians have only won five of their ten games this year but managed to collect three bonus points, two more that last years finalist, the State Central Hinds who also recorded five wins.

Canterbury welcomes back their experienced captain Haidee Tiffen who was unavailable for their two matches.  Tiffen will provide a cool head and stability to the Magicians middle order.

Amy Satterthwaite has been the standout performer for Canterbury this season and will look to back up her match winning performance with bat and ball in the must win victory against the Blaze last Sunday.  In that match Satterthwaite scored 61 and took two for 16.
 
State Canterbury Magicians leading performers:

Batting Innings Runs HS Ave
Amy Satterthwaite 9 273 76 34.12
Haidee Tiffen 7 244 69 40.66
Frankie Mackay 9 178 55 22.25
Janet Brehaut 8 175 60* 29.16

Bowling Balls Runs Wickets BB Ave Econ
Beth McNeill 416 233 16 4-34 14.56 3.36
Amy Satterthwaite 279 188 10 4-31 18.80 4.04
Frankie Mackay 468 230 10 3-25 23.00 2.94
Sarah Burke 442 243 10 3-25 24.30 4.27

A classic match is in the offing with the red hot Blaze team, stacked with classy all-rounders matching up against the experienced Magicians who have know how to win the big one.

The final also provides one last opportunity for five of the White Ferns to get some match practice before the Rose Bowl against the visiting Australians starting Feburary 1st.  Lucy Doolan and Sophie Devine from the State Wellington Blaze and Haidee Tiffen, Amy Satterthwaite and Beth McNeill from the State Canterbury Magicians will be on show.

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