Wairarapa’s Melissa Hansen created a little bit more history on the weekend when she became the first player to score a century for a number of years, for the Manawatu senior women’s side in their fixture versus Taranaki.
Manawatu won the toss and elected to bat on the artificial wicket at Vogeltown Park, New Plymouth. Hansen opened the batting for Manawatu, and put on a good partnership for the 3rd wicket with fellow CD Hinds player Mikaela Greig of 75 runs. Greig was the aggressor eventually being run out for 45. Hansen was on 39 at drinks in 25th over with the team total 95, and brought up her 50 in the 28th over. With drizzle falling the outfield meant not many boundaries were struck and with a series of 1’s & 2’s Hansen was able to move through to the 90’s, including one thumping six into the embankment. A single in the 45th over saw her bring up a deserved 100, eventually being dismissed by White Fern Kate Broadmore for 114 in the 48th over. The century lasted just over 3 hours, with five fours and one six.
The Manawatu innings finished on 243-6 whilst Taranaki were dismissed for 167 in reply. Hansen capped a good day by finishing with 2-39 with the ball.