Women's National Development Tournament 2007: Day Four

Auckland maintained leadership of the Women's National Development Tournament after four rounds of play at Lincoln University.

Auckland stay five points ahead of Canterbury, who defeated Otago, while Northern Districts earned a bonus point in defeating Central Districts.

After overnight rain caused a delayed start, Auckland batted through 34 overs on Lincoln Number 3, to earn 202 for five.

Openers Kelly Sutherland and Jussara Bierman put on 54 for the first wicket. Katie Perkins carried on with her fine form with 53 runs off 56 balls, and Sam Barriball added 39.

Wellington struggled losing wickets regularly and was 144/9 at the end of the 34 overs. Sandee Hui, Katie Perkins, Rosie Cox and Jessie Latimer all took two wickets each and Melinda Hodgson top scored for Wellington with 31.  Jess Bennett scored an entertaining 29 off 14 balls.

At Lincoln Green, ND won the toss and fielded and had immediate success with Hannah Beatson (three for 22) taking three quick wickets and Morna Neilson two, CD batting to 120/9.  Olivia Gregory top scored with 29.

In reply, ND reached the target in 26.5 overs with opener Natalie Dodd scoring 30 and number three batsman Kirbie Samkin top scoring with 49 off 61 balls.

At the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, openers Frankie Mackay and Janet Brehaut started positively in their match against Otago and put on 118 for the first wicket.

Janet Brehaut scored 66 off 89 balls and Frankie Mackay scored 52 off 56 balls.  Megan Tuapawa and Erin Bermingham put on an unbroken 78 runs for the fifth wicket, with Bermingham smashing 62 not out off 26 balls including eight fours and three sixes.

At the end of 38 overs Canterbury was 258/4.  Otago, chasing a mammoth 259 to win, was dismissed for 123 after 33.4 overs.

Sarah Mollison top scored with 29 and leg spinner Bermingham completed a fine match taking 3/19.

Auckland batted first in their match against Wellington on Lincoln No. 3. 

Short scorecards

Auckland 202/5 (Katie Perkins 53, Sam Barriball 39) beat Wellington 144/9 (Melinda Hodgson 31) by 58 runs

Canterbury 258/4 (Janet Brehaut 66, Frankie Mackay 52, Megan Tuapawa 46*, Erin Bermingham 62*) beat Otago 123 (Sarah Mollison 29, Erin Bermingham 3/19) by 135 runs

Central Districts 120/9 (Hannah Beatson 3/22, Rhiana Vincent 3/17) lost to Northern Districts 121/4 (Natalie Dodd 30, Kirbie Samkin 49) by 6 wickets

Points table
(after four rounds)

Auckland 20
Canterbury 15
Northern Districts 9
Wellington 8
Central Districts 5
Otago 0

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