Canterbury master blaster Lea Tahuhu leads magicians to victory over Central Hinds

The Magicians' Lea Tahuhu was in devastating form in New Plymouth.

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The Magicians’ Lea Tahuhu was in devastating form in New Plymouth.

Canterbury Magicians’ Lea Tahuhu powered her side to a five-wicket Super Smash win over Central Hinds at New Plymouth on Friday.

The mid-ranked hitter scored 29 runs from 10 balls when the run rate seemed to drift away from the Magicians as they chased the Hinds’ 112 score.

In the end, the Magicians reached the goal with nine balls in reserve, and those at Pukekura Park were denied a final as Tahuhu destroyed the Hinds’ bowling attack.

Central Hinds Mikaela Greig guides a ball into the covers.

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Central Hinds Mikaela Greig guides a ball into the covers.

Wizards captain Frankie Mackay won the toss and elected to bat the Hinds, and it turned out to be a superb move when Natalie Dodd fell on the first pitch of the game.

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The Hinds were in a world of trouble when Kate Gaging and Georgia Atkinson fell to fifth. Jess Watkin tried to save the day by blowing up the Magicians’ bowling alley, but after crossing a boundary she was gone on the next ball, leaving one behind.

After 11 overs the Hinds were 51-5, with a run rate of just 4.64, but the loss of wickets meant they could not throw hard.

Mikaela Greig (29) and Hannah Rowe (39 not knocked out) stabilized the Hinds innings and the final score of 112-7 after 20 overs was at least competitive.

With a modest score to chase, the Magicians lost an early wicket, Natalie Cox falling to a superb catch midway from the deep wicket by Rowe.

Mackay also went early, front leg to Rosemary Mair for 5.

Satterthwaite and Jacinta Savage settled but the score became pedestrian and after nine overs the Magicians were 31-2.

In the first ball of the 10th, Satterthwaite fell victim to Monique Rees, caught by Melissa Hansen, so it was game on as at the end of that the required run rate was 7.40.

The Hinds defenders dropped a few single catches as the Magicians moved up to 77-4 after 16 overs.

Then Tahuhu took control, scoring 22 carries against Hansen and from there the Magicians could sail to victory.

The result gives the Magicians their third win in six games this season, while the Hinds have one win in seven games.

IN ONE LOOK

At Pukekura Park, New Plymouth: Central Hinds 112-7 (Mikaela Greig 29 of 36, Hannah Rowe 39 of 38*; Melissa Banks 2-25 of 3) lost at Wizards of Canterbury 114-5 (Lea Tahuhu 29 of 10, Jacinta Savage 28 of 34; Jess Watkin 1-21 of 4) by five wickets.

MVP at bat: Lea Tahuhu (Magicians)

Bowling MVP: Melissa Banks (Magicians)

Brian L. Hartfield