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Super Smash: Otago Sparks pip Northern Spirit to claim first win of the season

A day after pulling off a dramatic run chase to upset Wellington, the Northern Spirit were given a taste of their own medicine as Otago snatched their first victory of the Super Smash season.

Set a revised target of 102 off 13 overs in a rain-interrupted affair at Bay Oval, the Sparks were struggling at 33-3, well below the required run-rate, until Hayley Jensen and Caitlin Blakely rode to the rescue with a match-winning stand.

The pair put on 52 for the fourth wicket as Otago got home with six wickets and four balls to spare, handing the Spirit their first defeat of the campaign.

Jensen smashed 32 off 17, with four fours and a six, before succumbing to a brilliant catch by Felicity Leydon-Davis attempting to hit Lauren Heaps down the ground.

That left Blakely to expertly navigate the final 17 runs with Bella James (3no), scoring an unbeaten 32 off 24 and finishing the contest in style with one of five boundaries.

After a late start due to inclement weather, Northern Districts opener Brooke Halliday (37 off 31) began the match in fine touch despite both teams being keen to make the most of the overcast conditions by bowling first.

That proved to be the turning point as once play resumed, the pair was unable to maintain the momentum.

Halliday added just one more to her total before she was stumped off Eden Carson, while Sophie Oldershaw dismissed Gurrey in the following over.

Stuff MVP points: Hayley Jensen 3, Caitlin Blakely 2, Brooke Halliday 1.

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