Prepare for an intense battle as Northern Brave Women (NB-W) go head-to-head against Wellington Blaze (WB-W) in Match 9 of the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield 2023 at Seddon Park in Hamilton. The previous season’s clash witnessed the Wellington Blaze dominating the encounter, securing a commanding victory by a staggering 154-run margin, showcasing their dominance.
Northern Brave Women come off a recent encounter against Auckland Hearts, a game that saw them facing a 60-run defeat in a rain-affected match, decided by the D/L method. Despite Auckland Hearts setting a challenging total of 206 runs for the loss of 10 wickets in 45 overs, the Brave Women could only manage 140 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 28 overs. Tash Wakelin and Jess Watkin’s partnership in the top order laid a foundation, but the rain interruption altered the game’s course. Lucy Boucher, Kayley Knight, and Nensi Patel were instrumental in the bowling department, but it wasn’t enough to overturn the match.
On the other hand, Wellington Blaze registered a hard-fought 22-run victory over Otago Sparks in a rain-curtailed match. The Blaze posted a competitive total of 168 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 25 overs, and Otago Sparks could only manage 146 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the same duration. Noteworthy performances by Jessica McFayden and Georgia Pimmer in the top order guided the Blaze to a respectable score. Xara Jetly, Nicole Bird, and Leigh Kasperek exhibited their bowling prowess, clinching important wickets to secure the win.