Anlo van Deventer anchored the Hinds with a patient knock. PHOTOS/PHOTOSPORT
Captain Anlo van Deventer led the way for the Central Hinds as they won the prestigious Hallyburton Johnstone Shield, for the first time in nine years, beating the Auckland Hearts by 39 runs at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth on Saturday.
The former St Matthew’s Collegiate pupil continued her good form from last weekend against the Otago Sparks, when she scored a record-breaking 169 not out.
Van Deventer’s patient knock of 60 off 96 balls was integral in the Hinds setting a competitive total of 200 all out in 49.4 overs, after being sent into bat by the defending champions.
Van Deventer came to the crease at the fall of the first wicket – White Fern Jess Watkin for 20 runs and the total on 30. She then combined in the defining partnership of the match, putting on 90 runs with Natalie Dodd .
Van Deventer hit six fours, before she was the fourth wicket to fall, bowled by Skye Bowden with the score at 154.
Of the other Wairarapa players, Kerry Tomlinson managed 14 runs before being run out in a mix up with van Deventer, Melissa Hansen was out lbw without troubling the scorers, and Georgia Atkinson finished two, not out.
In the Hearts’ turn at bat, the Hinds were always in control. Three quick wickets to White Fern Hannah Rowe and a run out had the visitors reeling at 12-4.
Medium pacer Hansen, who realised her dream of playing in the final, then grabbed the vital wicket of opener Anna Peterson  caught in the deep by Atkinson with the score at 65.
A sixth-wicket partnership of 48 between Holly Huddleston  and Arlene Kelly  gave the Hearts some hope, but the challenge was too great and they were all out for 161 in 47 overs.
Central Hinds 200, 49.4 overs [A van Deventer 60, N Dodd 48; S Bowden 4-37, R McNeill 2-18, A Kelly 2-37] beat Auckland Hearts 161, 47 overs [H Huddleston 56; H Rowe 3-26, R Mair 2-30, J Watkin 2-29] by 39 runs.