Wellington Blaze squad named to play Auckland Hearts

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
The Wellington Blaze squad to play the Auckland Hearts in round four of the 2011-12 domestic Women’s Action Cricket Cup One-Day and Action Cricket Twenty20 competitions on 1, 2 and 3 January 2012 is:

Megan Wakefield (Captain)

Michelle Bunkall

Lucy Doolan

Deana Doughty

Allex Evans

Melinda Hodgson

Renee Moffitt

Thamsyn Newton

Elizabeth Perry

Sian Ruck

Andrea Stockwell

Kelly Sutherland

Sarah Taylor

In one addition to the Wellington Blaze squad that played in the last round against the Canterbury Magicians, Thamsyn Newton comes in for these home matches at Kelburn Park.

This round shapes as an important one for both the Auckland Hearts and Wellington Blaze who are second and third respectively on both women’s domestic points tables with two full rounds to play including this one before the domestic women’s finals.

The Blaze are coming off three defeats in the previous round this week to frontrunners the Canterbury Magicians and the Hearts overcame the Central Hinds in all three of their encounters.

The Action Cricket Twenty20 points table after six matches and three rounds is:

Canterbury Magicians 22, Auckland Hearts 18, Wellington Blaze 16, Northern Spirit 10, Central Hinds 6, Otago Sparks 0.

The Action Cricket Cup One-Day (50-over) points table after three rounds is:

Canterbury Magicians 13, Auckland Hearts 10, Wellington Blaze 9, Northern Spirit 7. Central Hinds 2, Otago Sparks 0

Match Details

Who: Wellington Blaze v Auckland Hearts

What: Action Cricket domestic women’s Twenty20 and Action Cricket Cup One-Day round four

Where: Kelburn Park, Wellington (free entry)

When: Action Cricket Twenty20 matches on Sunday 1 January (2.00pm start) and Tuesday 3 January (10.00am start) and Action Cricket Cup match on Monday 2 January (10.30am start)

Live scoring: Visit www.firebirds.co.nz for live scoring of all three matches

The Wellington Blaze’s full Action Cricket Cup and Action Cricket One-Day competition schedule this summer is:

· Friday 2 – Sunday 4 December v Otago Sparks, Brooklands Park, Mosgiel Won all three matches

· Friday 9 – Sunday 11 December v Northern Spirit, Barton Oval Upper Hutt Won all three matches

· Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 December v Canterbury Magicians, Lincoln University Defeated in all three matches

· Sunday 1 January – Tuesday 3 January v Auckland Hearts, Kelburn Park Wellington

· Saturday 7 January – Monday 9 January v Central hinds, Fitzherbert Park Palmerston North

· Saturday 14 January – Action Cricket Cup (50-over) final TBC

· Sunday 15 January – Action Cricket Twenty20 final TBC

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