Pride win right to host final

  • A 2-0 win over Auckland on Saturday means the Pride will host the Northern Lights in Sunday's...
    A 2-0 win over Auckland on Saturday means the Pride will host the Northern Lights in Sunday's final at English Park.

Canterbury United Pride have earned the right to host the national women's league final with a 2-0 win over Auckland on Saturday.

A strike from Gabi Rennie and late goal to wrap things up from Whitney Hepburn mean the Pride will have home advantage on Sunday when they look to claim back-to-back titles against Northern Lights.

Meanwhile, three second half goals saw the Canterbury United Dragons go down 0-3 to competition leaders Auckland City at English Park on Sunday in the ISPS Handa men's premiership.

The result means the Dragons slip to eighth on the table with just one win from six games.

  • Cricket

In the men's two-day premiership, late morning rain caused delays. However, there was still enough time for East Shirley, St Albans and Old Boys Collegians to gain first innings leads. Meanwhile, Lancaster Park will resume on 152/5 on Saturday - 86 runs behind Heathcote's first innings total of 238/9 declared.

In the women's premiership T20 Kirsty Bond series, Old Boys Collegians kept their unbeaten record alive with a win over Lancaster Park, while St Albans had two wins.

Men's two-day premiership scorecards

  • Sydenham 127/9 (Ryan Wallace 32; Connor Arnold 3/17, Blake Coburn 2/12) and 17/0 met East Shirley 229/2 dec (Tim Hampton-Matehe 101*, Ken McClure 101*).
  • Heathcote 238/9 dec (Nick Durham 56; Theo van Woerkom 4/66) met Lancaster Park 152/5 (Will McDowell 61, Alistair Burnett 41*; Marek Bungard 2/45, Toby van Woerkom 1/53).
  • Burnside West 103/10 (Alex Heenan 29; Jack Harper 3/12, Dan Sharples 3/42) and 26/0 met St Albans 197/10 (Harper 53*, Bailen Thatcher 42, Tyler Lortan 35; Joshua Poysden 6/85, Sam Carlaw 3/50).
  • Riccarton 116/10 (Matt Laffey 60; Luke Germon 4/29, Ed Nuttall 3/20) met Old Boys Collegians 135/3 (Ben Ward 40, David Wakefield 38; Dominic Cornish 2/18).

Kirsty Bond series results

  • Lancaster Park 76/6 (Harriet Graham 13) lost to Old Boys Collegians 77/3 (Meg Lay 21; Charlotte Calder 2/19).
  • Sydenham 79/2 Hannah Morrissey (34, Isla McKenzie 33*; Alana Topping 2/14) lost to St Albans (Saffron Wilson 31; Eden Pettigrew 2/10).St Albans 98/5 (Katie Morris 30, Sophie Sinclair 26) beat North West 48/7 (Emily Glennie 22; Alana Topping 2/11, Saffron Wilson 2/6).
  • Sydenham 82/2 (Boadicea Lynch 31, Isla McKenzie 25) beat Lancaster Park 69/5 (Charlotte Calder 17).


Canterbury recorded top three finishes in the men's and women's competitions at the under-23 national championships in Christchurch over the weekend.

The Canterbury women made it to the final, but were pipped 2-3 by Auckland in the final. The men finished third.