Auckland Hearts 104-6 for 6 in 20 overs (Holly Huddleston 36, Jacinta Savage 2-14, Erin Bermingham 1-17) lost to Canterbury Magicians 107-2 in 17.4 (Kirsty Nation 33, Frances Mackay 30) by eight wickets at Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland.
The Magicians' fine performance in the field set them up for a run chase under no pressure and an eight wicket win over the Hearts. They now sit second on the table, and are in form at the right time of the season to make a run for the finals.
The Magicians looked right at home on a muggy Auckland afternoon with their bowlers executing their plans to perfection and tying the home side's batters down until the pressure brought wickets.
Lauren Down (16) and Anna Peterson (12) got things off to a bright start, but when Maddy Green (10) was bowled by a Jacinta Savage slower ball, the Hearts lost three wickets for five runs in the middle order, and lost the innings' momentum.
Holly Huddleston looked assured for her 36 from 31 balls to help give the Hearts bowlers a score to defend.
Seamers Erin Bermingham (1-17) and Kate Ebrahim bowled tight spells (0-23), backed up by slower bowlers Frances Mackay (0-20) and Savage (2-14), with Ebrahim's excellent death bowling clamping down on any fireworks at the end of the innings as the Hearts posted 104-6 from their 20.
The Magicians were able to go about the chase without scoreboard pressure or taking risks. Frankie Mackay (30) was punishing on anything full, stroking some fine drives down the ground to the boundary, backed up by Kirsty Nation (33). The pair made 55 before Mackay went LBW to Anna Peterson in the tenth.
The Hearts made sure the Magicians didn't have things their own way, with Peterson's off spin proiving hard to get away, capped off by a tremendous diving catch from her own bowling to remove Nation for 33 from 36.
Maddy Green brought herself on, but went for ten from the over at a time when when the Hearts didn't have many runs to play with. Ebrahim and Bermingham were able to finish the job and give the Magicians a comfortable win.