Blaze burn up Hinds

By Gary Caffell


Central Hinds will be glad to see the back of New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine as they head to Masterton for their Twenty20 women's cricket match against Auckland Hearts at Queen Elizabeth Park Oval in Masterton on Friday (not Thursday as reported yesterday).

Hinds played Wellington Blaze in one Twenty20 and two one-day national competition matches last week and the two defeats they suffered were largely due to Devine's influence.

In the Twenty20 game, she smashed an unbeaten 71 off 45 balls to ensure Blaze comfortably chased down Hinds' total of 104 and then, in the second of the one-day games, she scored her maiden century, 108 off 62 balls, to take her team to a four-wicket victory. That was after Hinds had scored a competitive 218-4 of which another international in Sara McGlashan made 85.

The first of the one-day games was won by Hinds with Devine making just two runs on that occasion. In fact, Blaze were all out for 79 after Hinds reached 226-4.

Friday's Twenty20 match between the Hinds and the Hearts will start at 2.15pm and, on Saturday and Sunday, the one-day games will start at 10.30am.

The Wairarapa interclub cricket draw for this week is:

Thursday, The Rock Twenty20 (5.15pm start): Red Star v Turkey Red Greytown at Rathkeale artificial No2, Wairarapa College v A1 Homes Kuranui Old Boys at Wairarapa College, Rathkeale v Flight Centre Lansdowne (deferred), Newbolds Marist Old Boys a bye.

Saturday, Umpires Cup (noon start): Red Star v Marist Old Boys at Park Sports No2, Wairarapa College v Lansdowne at Wairarapa College No1, Kuranui Old Boys v Greytown at Greytown, Rathkeale College a bye. Open grade (1pm start): Wairarapa College 2 v Greytown 2 at Wairarapa College 2, Lansdowne 3 v Wairarapa College Colts at Park Sports 1, Rathkeale 2 v Lansdowne 2 at Rathkeale artificial No1, Marist Old Boys 2 a bye.


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