Suzie Bates (Otago) bowls to Northern Districts batsman
Natalie Dodd while Kerry Tomlinson and umpire Johan Fourie
watch at the bowler's end at Brooklands, in Mosgiel,
yesterday. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Heavy rain in Dunedin yesterday has made it difficult for
Otago Sparks to make the women's one-day cricket final against
Otago was hoping to get four points against Northern
Districts at Brooklands. But that opportunity was washed away
when umpires called it quits at 4.10pm after heavy rain
flooded the ground.
At that stage, Northern Districts had scored 39 without loss
after 15.2 overs, with Natalie Dodd on 12 and Kerry Tomlinson
The sides shared the points and meet again today in the
second leg of the double-header, starting at Brooklands at
Auckland leads the competition with 34 points after a
comfortable win against Wellington. It is followed by
Canterbury 21, Otago 20, Wellington 18, Northern Districts 15
and Central Districts 9.
The final is a straight 1 v 2, so Auckland is guaranteed to
be the host. If they are to qualify, the Sparks must beat
Northern today, and hope Central can conjure a miracle
Yesterday, Canterbury compiled 259 for seven against Central,
with New Zealand representatives Janet Brehaut and Amy
Satterthwaite sharing in a partnership of 131 for the fourth
wicket. Brehaut (24) top scored with 122 and Satterthwaite
(26) scored 87.
Central Districts fought back after losing its first three
wickets for 28 runs, with Kate Broadmore and Sarah McGlashan
sharing in a fourth-wicket partnership of 67. Broadmore
scored 52 and McGlashan 29.
But at 114 for five off 30 overs the resistance had folded
and Canterbury went on to win comfortably.
In the third game, Wellington was dismissed for 110 and
Auckland knocked off the runs for the loss of only two
wickets in 26.3 overs.
Opener Sue Curtis scored 55 not out.
The heavy rain that fell in Dunedin yesterday also caused
problems for the Kaikorai Bowling Club as it prepared its
green for the annual Festival Fours tournament that starts
The green was flooded during a club tie yesterday and it took
time to sweep the water off the green.
But club officials are confident the greens will be in top
condition for the three-day tournament that ends on Sunday