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Heffernan sparks Otago to upset T20 win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/02/2017
Kate Heffernan of the Sparks is congratulated by team mates after dismissing Amy Satterthwaite of the Magicians during the Womens Twenty20 final match. © Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Kate Heffernan of the Sparks is congratulated by team mates after dismissing Amy Satterthwaite of the Magicians during the Womens Twenty20 final match.

A four-wicket bag from 17-year-old medium-pacer Kate Heffernan has sparked Otago to an upset five-run win over defending champions Canterbury in the women's domestic Twenty20 final.

Canterbury, led by prolific international run-scorer Amy Satterthwaite and stacked with White Ferns, had gone into Saturday's final at Rangiora as clear favourites.

But after winning the toss and opting to bowl, they struggled to rein in Otago as skipper Susie Bates anchored them to 133-6 off 20 overs.

Bates belted eight fours and a six in her 52-ball 74 before she was dismissed with six balls remaining.

Canterbury looked to be cruising in reply, despite losing opener Frankie Mackay when she retired hurt on 10 two balls into the fifth over.

Heffernan picked up Otago's first wicket when she trapped Erin Bermingham lbw for 15 late in the 10th over with the total on 59, then grabbed the key scalp of Satterthwaite for 38 to leave Canterbury 82-3 after 14 overs.

Lea Tahuhu provided some middle order resistance with an unbeaten 25 off 15, but Heffernan's 4-21, backed up by 2-25 from Leigh Kasperek, meant Canterbury ran out of overs at 128-8.

Canterbury now turn their attention to the one-day final at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, where they tackle defending champions Auckland on Sunday.

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