Mackay: Put the bound­aries back

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Even af­ter scor­ing 97, with the aid of 16 fours, Frankie Mackay still wants to see the bound­aries in women’s cricket moved back.

The Can­ter­bury Ma­gi­cians cap­tain was three short of her first T20 hun­dred yes­ter­day, but, when asked af­ter her in­nings about how the pitch was play­ing, she piv­oted to say she re­mained frus­trated by the po­si­tion of the bound­ary rope.

‘‘I’m still go­ing to say it, I’d like to see the bound­aries a lit­tle bit big­ger. I think it takes an el­e­ment out of the game hav­ing peo­ple able to come in and run twos. You don’t see too much of that at the mo­ment.

‘‘You see a lot of ones and fours, which is ex­cit­ing for the game, but if we’re look­ing at re­ally pro­duc­ing qual­ity play­ers I think we need them a wee bit big­ger and it might make the bowlers a wee bit hap­pier too.’’

The bound­aries have been a jar­ring sight this sea­son af­ter New Zealand Cricket moved to stag­ing dou­ble head­ers of both the women’s and men’s Super Smash games on TV.

The women’s bound­ary rope has to be placed well inside the men’s, with of­fi­cials, coaches and pho­tog­ra­phers walk­ing around out­side the rope, but inside the men’s bound­ary.

In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil rules state a women’s T20 bound­ary ‘‘shall be longer than 59.43 me­ters, and no shorter than 50.29m, from the cen­tre of the pitch’’.

The men’s bound­aries ‘‘shall be longer than 82.29m, and no shorter than 59.43m, from the cen­tre of the pitch’’.

At Ha­gley Oval, one of New Zealand’s big­ger do­mes­tic cricket grounds, yes­ter­day, there was a sig­nif­i­cant gap be­tween the two bound­aries be­cause the full bound­ary reaches to about 75m.

White Fern Han­nah Rowe cleared both the men’s and women’s bound­aries with two of her sixes, but her in­nings of 45 off 35 balls was not enough for the Cen­tral Hinds to chase down Can­ter­bury’s to­tal of 168-5, los­ing by 64 runs.

Mackay’s in­nings, which saw 64 of her runs scored in bound­aries, boosted her T20 Super Smash record this sea­son to 356 runs at an av­er­age of 89 and strike rate of 110. He pre­vi­ous best ca­reer high score was 64 be­fore Sun­day’s knock.

In the women’s 50-over com­pe­ti­tion she’s been even more pro­lific. In just six in­nings she’s scored three cen­turies and a top score of 140 in com­pil­ing 452 runs at 90.40.

The other match looked des­tined to be rained off be­fore the skies fi­nally cleared at Univer­sity Oval in Dunedin, al­low­ing the Auck­land Hearts to chase a fi­nal-qual­i­fy­ing win in a six-over match against the Otago Sparks.

They scored 50-5 from their six overs thanks to 20 off 11 balls from Hearts skip­per Maddy Green, while Otago bowler Ella Brown took 2-7 from her one over.

But Otago spoiled the party, with English in­ter­na­tional Al­ice David­son-Richards scor­ing an un­beaten 25 off 18 balls to see her side home by nine wick­ets.

That re­sult helped the Ma­gi­cians qual­ify for next Sun­day’s fi­nal against the Welling­ton Blaze, which will be played at the pre-de­ter­mined venue of Eden Park Outer Oval in Auck­land af­ter the men’s Super Smash game be­tween the Auck­land Aces and Otago Volts.

PHOTOSPORT

Can­ter­bury Ma­gi­cians cap­tain Frankie Mackay raises her bat af­ter bringing up her 50 yes­ter­day.

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