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Canterbury cruise to women's one-day win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/02/2017

Erin Bermingham © Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Erin Bermingham A mammoth 145-run third-wicket partnership between Kate Ebrahim and Erin Bermingham has secured Canterbury the national women's one-day title with a six-wicket win over Auckland.

The defending champions, Auckland set a solid 233-6 after winning the toss, built around Katie Perkins' unbeaten 100 off 111 balls.

The White Ferns right-hander collected nine fours and a six in her impressive tally at Hagley Oval, with Lauren Down's 32 the next highest total.

Although Canterbury lost skipper Amy Satterthwaite for three after four overs in reply, first drop Ebrahim rebuilt quickly.

Her partnership with opener Kirsty Nation added 56 to the total before Canterbury went into overdrive after Bermingham came to the wicket early in the 18th over.

The 28-year-old allrounder hit nine fours in her run-a-ball 78, dismissed at the end of the 43rd over with the total on 211.

Ebrahim, who also picked up 2-32 off 10 overs, was unbeaten on 100 off 133 balls, her third limited overs century as Canterbury eased home with 17 balls to spare.

The win was some consolation for Canterbury after the defending champions were upset by Otago in the women's Twenty20 final at Rangiora on Saturday.

A four-wicket bag from 17-year-old medium-pacer Kate Heffernan sparked the upset five-run win after Canterbury had gone into the final as firm favourites.

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