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Kayley Knight impresses cricket followers

Gisborne all-rounder Kayley Knight has made cricket followers sit up and take notice with her performances on the national stage in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield cricket competition.

While primarily noted for her skill as an opening bowler when she plays for the Northern Districts women’s team, Knight figured in a record-equalling batting feat at the weekend. Having already taken three wickets for 48 runs off 10 overs (one of them a maiden) with her fast-medium bowling against Central Hinds in Levin on Saturday, Knight came in as No.11 batter and faced 71 balls in scoring 17 runs in a partnership that equalled a Northern Districts women’s record for a 10th wicket stand . . . it had stood since 2008.

Knight and No.9 batter Charlotte Sarsfield (25 not out) put on 44 runs before Knight was dismissed, leg before wicket, in the 48th over of the scheduled 50.

Northern lost the one-day game by 87 runs, but the last two batters held up the Central Hinds’ procession to victory by more than an hour. On Sunday, the teams met in another one-day fixture, and the Hinds again won comfortably.

Former Gisborne cricketer Kerry Tomlinson scored 26 for Central Hinds, while Knight took a wicket and finished on 3 not out for Northern Districts, having been promoted to No.10 in the order.

MAKING HER MARK: Gisborne all-rounder Kayley Knight pictured bowling in Gisborne club cricket. Picture by Paul Rickard