What the coach wants, the coach gets.
Otago Sparks coach Warren Lees made a mid-week call to his
captain Suzie Bates and ordered up three wins against Central
Districts, and he was not disappointed.
The Sparks completely dominated the Hinds at Cornwall Park,
Hastings, winning the twenty/20 fixture on Friday by nine
wickets and both one-day games by comfortable margins.
Bates was in fine form, claiming four wickets and smashing an
undefeated to 62 from 66 deliveries to help her side beat
Central by eight wickets yesterday.
She also played an important role in Saturday's 116-run win,
with three for 21.
''Warren actually rang earlier in the week and said he'd like
three wins,'' Bates said.
''He requested that. But they were definitely games we knew,
if we performed well, we should win, so it was nice to get
all three wins."
Yesterday, Otago dismissed Central for 111.
Former White Ferns all-rounder Sarah Tsukigawa matched Bates'
four-wicket haul with four of her own. Kelly Rangi top-scored
for the home side with an unbeaten innings of 38 and Rachel
Priest also chipped in, with 29.
The Sparks made light work of the chase as Bates whacked a
rapid half century and Lisa Grant (29) and Katey Martin (11
not out) provided good support.
''It is nice to be scoring runs consistently, and finishing
off a game is always nice,'' Bates said.
The Whites Ferns captain will be hoping her form does not
desert her in the next week or so. The White Ferns leave for
Sydney today and will play Australia in four one-day games
for the Rose Bowl.
Bates will not miss any domestic matches, as Otago does not
play again until December 27.
All six teams will travel to Lincoln University to play the
round four series of games. Otago has drawn Wellington and
will return to Mosgiel for its last series of games against
Northern Districts in the new year.
Otago has won three of its six one-day games with four to
play. A place in the January 12 final is still within reach.
Martin played her 100th one-day game for Otago on Saturday
and had a memorable match with a fine innings of 69.
She helped her side post a formidable total of 213.
The Hinds fell well short, reaching 97 for nine from 26.4
Abby Burrows was unable to bat after breaking a bone in her
hand while fielding.