The Auckland Hearts are the new leaders of the women’s Super Smash T20 cricket competition, while their male counterparts suffered their fifth straight loss in the latest double-header in Christchurch.
White Fern Holly Huddleston took three wickets for eight runs as the Hearts beat the Canterbury Magicians by 20 runs.
The Hearts’ third victory from five games (one washout included) pushes them two points ahead of defending champions Wellington Blaze, who are three from four.
The Auckland Aces headed into the evening fixture under lights at Hagley Oval still looking for their first win in their fifth game, after four straight losses. But they were beaten by six runs.
Restricting the Canterbury Kings to 154/6 gave them a shot, but Auckland lost Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips in the first three overs and finished on 148 for five in their chase for 155 runs.
The win took the Canterbury Kings to three wins from four games and they are third on the table.