SBS Bank Otago Sparks (113-7 in 20 overs) lost to Wellington Blaze (114-2 in 17.5 overs) by eight wickets at Lincoln Green
Amelia Kerr has done it again, taking a late order hat trick to stop the Sparks' momentum. At the start of the match her leg spin partner Deanna Doughty grabbed three wickets in four balls, including Suzie Bates bowled for seven, and the dangerous Leigh Kasperek, who couldn't get bat to a pitched up delivery and went LBW without scoring.
Polly Inglis (45 from 53) and Lisa Griffith (40 from 40) put on 91 for the fifth wicket to rebuild the innings, but in the 19th over Kerr removed Griffith as she tried to hit out, bowled Inglis next ball, before bowling Ella Brown to complete the hat trick, as the Sparks scrambled to 113-7.
The Blaze looked like they had an early flight to catch in their innings, with Sophie Devine again being handed a licence to thrill at the top of the innings, striking a six and two fours before being bowled by Bates for 16 from 13 balls. Bates also grabbed Lucy Doolan's wicket LBW for 15 before Rachel Priest and Kerr formed a partnership that ended the Sparks' hopes.
Priest scored at a run a ball and was prepared to rotate the strike to Kerr, who plundered boundaries all around the field including a big six over square leg. Priest finished on 31 not out, while Kerr just missed her half ton to finish on 46 not out and deliver the Blaze their third straight win by eight wickets.