Sonic 177/7 vs Galaxy 153/10
Power 230/6 vs Velocity 179/8
It finally arrived.
Our first round of Skycity Hamilton NPL matches were held at Mount Maunganui's beautiful Bay Oval.
The excitement levels were high as 48 of the country's best cricketers, including 5 current and 6 former White Fern players, came together for two games of the new exciting format of NPL cricket.
The Sonic certainly lived by their motto of being loud and proud with Emma Parker from Waikato Valley smashing nine 4s on her way to 61 off just 77 balls against bowlers including White Ferns Morna Nielson and Maddy Green. The 19 year old hit the ball everywhere on her way to the day's equal top score. It was certainly the most important innings in her game.
Scotland's Kari Carswell for the mighty Galaxy pegged back the total taking the key wickets of captain Anna Peterson and Parker, finishing with 4 wickets in her 6 overs.
The Sonic's total of 177 though eventually proved too much for the gallant Galaxy, them being all out with 15 balls left and still 24 runs short. A smashing 33 from 34 balls from Counties Manukau's Brooke Halliday gave the game some real life and swung the balance to the Galaxy, but Peterson's off-spin knocked over the last few batsmen as she finished with the crazy figures of 4 wickets for 8 runs from her 5 and a bit overs. Incredible stuff.
In the day's other Skycity Hamilton NPL match the team that batted first also came out with a win. But late in the afternoon it could so easily have gone the other way.
The Power batted first and stood by their motto of strength and aggressive play. Takapuna's White Fern Lauren Down was on fire early hitting 8 crunching 4s on her way to 57 from 72 balls. She was then supported by Bay of Plenty's Kate Anderson (57 runs) until she got out to an incredible diving catch by Velocity captain Nat Dodd. Dodd flung herself forward to catch the low chance off a full blooded whack from Anderson - a catch of the day if every we have seen one.
Poverty Bay's Kerry Tomlinson (47 runs from just 45 balls!) finished the innings plundering the ball to all parts of the ground. Holly Huddleston fired in late hitting a massive 6 that landed well behind the boundary line to leave the Power with the day's highest score of 230. Power at its best.
Dodd and Vic Lind started well for Velocity putting on the day's biggest partnership of 94 before Hamilton's Jesse McLeod broke the partnership with the first wicket. The big moment in the game though came when Sara McGlashan, still one of the best players in the world, was beaten for pace by Holly Huddleston and given out LBW.
It was all downhill from there for the Velocity with a steady flow of wickets seeing them finish on 179. Off-spinner Jamie Veale finished with the nice bowling figures of 2 wickets for 12 runs from her four overs.
So wins for the Power and Sonic on day 1 of the Skycity Hamilton NPL. Both games could have gone either was late into the day but the better teams on the day went home with the biggest smiles.
Looking ahead to round 2 the show moves to Hamilton's Jansen Park with the two winners - Power and Sonic - set to clash. The Velocity and the Galaxy will also have their chance for their first win in the day's other game. Get on down to watch the country's best cricketers go at it on Sunday 13 November from midday.
There will also be a junior girls clinic held from 10.00am on the day for all those current or future junior cricketers. All of the local NPL stars will be there helping our stars of tomorrow. We hope to see you there.