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Sat­terth­waite to stay at helm

- Tim Dun­bar

Amy Sat­terth­waite will con­tinue to lead the Can­ter­bury Ma­gi­cians women’s cricket team through what coach Gary Stead de­scribes as the im­por­tant part of the sea­son over the next week.

‘‘There’s six games of cricket in the next eight days so it’s sort of the busy time, but prob­a­bly the im­por­tant time for them as well,’’ he said.

Three weeks af­ter the Ma­gi­cians were first in ac­tion, against North­ern Dis­tricts, they face a triple-header of sorts. They will meet Welling­ton Blaze at QE II’s Vil­lage Green over the next three days, with a Twenty20 game to­day fol­lowed by two State League one-day games.

Af­ter two days off, the league cham­pi­ons will re­peat the sce­nario next week on the same ground against Cen­tral Dis­tricts.

Stead said that the orig­i­nally named cap­tain, Haidee Tif­fen, had dif­fi­cul­ties with a virus she could not shake, and Sat­terth­waite had been in charge for the ND games.

‘‘Part of the rea­son was to give her (Tif­fen) the op­por­tu­nity to have a break off the field as well, so Amy will cap­tain this next lot of games as well.’’

Tif­fen went well with the bat in the first two league games, mak­ing 46 not out and 68, but spent half the time watch­ing from the side­line to keep her en­ergy lev­els up.

The cap­taincy would be re­viewed af­ter the next six games, when Tif­fen’s health would be as­sessed again.

Mean­while, Stead was hope­ful the Ma­gi­cians could carry on their win­ning league form, but said they would not be tak­ing last year’s fi­nal­ist, Welling­ton, at all lightly.

‘‘They’ve ob­vi­ously got some play­ers that have per­formed well con­sis­tently over the last few years. Ev­ery game’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge.’’

Welling­ton would be with­out one of its White Ferns, 18-year-old all­rounder So­phie Devine, and Stead ac­knowl­edged that helped the cause of her new team, Can­ter­bury.

‘‘She’s a class player and I’m sure she’s look­ing for­ward to show­ing her ex-team what it’s like to play down here,’’ Stead said.

The full squad of 13 would be taken into the Welling­ton games, with St Al­bans opener Janet Bre­haut join­ing the 12 play­ers who went up to Mount Maun­ganui three weeks ago. Stead said they would all play at some stage over the three days.

He was ex­pect­ing a typ­i­cally good QE II wicket. ‘‘I’m sure they’ll be run-laden. Hope­fully there’ll be a wee bit of bounce in there for the girls as well.’’

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