Spirit secure maiden HBJ Shield Grand Final berth

02 February 2020

A four-wicket victory over the Wellington Blaze at Cobham Oval has secured the SkyCity Hamilton Northern Spirit a berth in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield Grand Final; the side's first appearance in the women's domestic one-day final.


With two rounds still to play the Spirit are assured of a final spot, but whether that is as the host or visitor depends on results in the final round.

A bright Wellington Blaze start was stalled when a run out, pair of wickets to Kate Anderson and a dismissal for Makayla Templeton reduced the Blaze to 83/4.

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After a brief revival, a five-wicket frenzy derailed the Blaze's innings, with Eimear Richardson claiming 4-38.

The Blaze innings was wrapped up shortly after for 146.

After navigating the first nine overs to make it to lunch at 36/0, the Spirit experienced a similar flurry of wickets to the Wellingtonians, losing four in the space of five runs to find themselves 48/4.

When the Spirit lost their next two wickets with the score at 79, the game was in danger of evading the Spirit.

Fortunately, Holly Topp (29*), in her first innings at this level, found a willing ally in skipper Leydon-Davis (30*), as the pair combined for a 71-run stand to guide the Spirit home.

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