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Devine knock boosts Wellington to win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/01/2017

Led by a sparkling knock from allrounder Sophie Devine, Wellington have launched a late run into finals contention as the national women's Twenty20 competition nears completion.

Wellington's four-wicket win over Auckland at Eden Park outer oval propelled them from last on the table into fourth place with one match remaining before the February 12 title decider.

Auckland set an impressive 150-4 after Wellington won the toss, Anna Peterson's run-a-ball 45 and Katie Perkins' unbeaten 37 leading the way.

But Devine's 44-ball 70, which included six fours and three sixes, set up Wellington's last-over victory despite Auckland medium-pacer Holly Huddleston's T20 career-best haul of 3-13.

Devine continued her impressive form from the Australian women's Big Bash League, where she belted an unbeaten 103 from just 48 balls for Adelaide last week.

The 27-year-old White Fern said it was pleasing to nail the win over an in-form Auckland side on Tuesday.

"They've got depth in both batting and bowling, and they're a quality fielding side too.

"It was a good deck, there was good carry and good bounce, so it made for plenty of runs," she said.

"We didn't have much choice today - we needed to go from the start, that's why I got bumped up to open."

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