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Magic in the field at Bay Oval

The stars shone at Bay Oval in a scintillating clash between defending champion the Canterbury Magicians and spirited Northern Brave who appeared undaunted by chasing a target of 143.

Frankie Mackay won the toss and batted for Canterbury on a sweltering summer’s day at the Mount - and helped manoeuvre her team into a good position with a smart 43-run second wicket stand with Amy Satterthwaite.

Satterthwaite (37 off 32) and Mackay (43 off 47) showed all their experience in deceptive conditions with Satterthwaite batting into the 11th over before young Nensi Patel got the huge wicket in her home town - courtesy of a top drawer catch from Shriya Naidu.

Mackay was the rock and allowed Lea Tahuhu, stepping up to four, to blast quick runs with her 22 off just nine balls including a six as the WHITE FERNS strikewoman continues to enhance her prowess with the bat.

Every run would count for the Magicians as they finished their 20 overs at 142/6 and headed into the field in what would prove a taut chase.

Still looking for their first win in their fifth game, Brave came out with a confident mindset and Kate Anderson and Caitlin Gurrey emulated their opponents with a solid opening stand to put their side in with a strong chance.

They were in control with a partnership of 63, but tragically for the hosts it would prove the only stand of substance as Gurrey’s dismissal triggered the toppling of too many wickets.

The Magicians meanwhile had had chances that they missed, and for a while it looked like they were going to be pushed to the wire. Satterthwaite missed a good caught and bowled chance, then five overthrows added to Canterbury’s frustration.

But Satterthwaite would still be worth her weight in gold for her side with a tight bowling performance and the pressure she created at the death.

Gurrey (a run-a-ball 29) was run out by Mackay at 63/1 in the ninth and Anderson (49 off 42) went on to just dip out on a half century again in her productive season, at 100/3 in the 14th.

That was were the worm turned with Sam Barriball brilliantly caught behind by an unsighted Laura Hughes in one of the keeping dismissals of the year.

Patel had come to the middle with Brave needing 40 from 27 but Satterthwaite (1-30) kept the screws on and Northern were forced into risk territory and errors.

The hosts needed 22 off the last over but the Magicians weren’t about to miss out on their second win of the season with Jacinta Savage contributing a handy 2-25 in the 16-run win.

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