Netball Superleague: Team Bath held by Hertfordshire Mavericks
Hertfordshire Mavericks held Team Bath to a thrilling 49-49 draw in Superleague round 11.
In a battle between third and fourth place, the Mavericks went in 29-22 ahead at half-time.
The hosts snatched the lead and kept it until last final minutes of the game before Herts levelled, and Bath then missed a penalty in the dying seconds.
There were also wins for Manchester Thunder and Team Northumbria on Friday.
- Rosie Allison (GS): 33 from 40, 82.5%
- Pamela Cookey (GA): 16 from 17, 94.1%
- Kadeen Corbin (GS): 25 from 32, 78.1%
- Sophie Hankin (GA): 18 from 23, 78.2%
- Sarah East (GA): 6 from 8, 75%
Northumbria eased to a 68-40 win over Loughborough, who have yet to win a game this season.
Thunder beat Yorkshire Jets 51-50 to stay second in the table, with Bath and the Mavericks occupying the final play-off places.
Herts are five points adrift of reigning champions Bath but stunned the hosts in the early stages of Friday's game by taking a four-goal lead.
Jess Thirlby's team levelled at 12-12, but as the Mavericks defence began to frustrate the opposition attack, Sophie Hakin and Kadeen Corbin performed well under the post at the other end to give the visitors a seven-goal cushion at the break.
Thirlby opted to make tactical changes - fit-again Stacey Francis was brought on as goalkeeper, while captain Serena Guthrie moved to wing defence from centre - and it made the difference.
Bath won five turnovers in the third quarter and pulled ahead, leading 40-37 with 15 minutes to go.
But Herts fought back yet again and drew level with only seconds remaining on the clock.
Late drama ensued when shooter Rosie Allison earned a penalty and unopposed shot, but the England international saw her attempt go amiss and her side had to settle for a point.
The remaining round 11 game take place on Saturday, as leaders Surrey host Celtic Dragons.
Round One - 30 Jan-03 Feb
Hertfordshire Mavericks 49-45 Celtic Dragons; Team Bath 59-45 Team Northumbria; Loughborough 34-53 Yorkshire Jets; Manchester Thunder 48-55 Surrey Storm
Round Two - 07-08 Feb
Team Bath 41-54 Manchester Thunders; Yorkshire Jets 44-66 Surrey Storm; Team Northumbria 62-52 Celtic Dragons; Loughborough Lightning 28-42 Hertfordshire Mavericks
Round Three - 10 Feb
Hertfordshire Mavericks 38-48 Manchester Thunder; Surrey Storm 48-48 Team Bath; Celtic Dragons 61-41 Loughborough Lightning; Yorkshire Jets 50-52 Team Northumbria
Round Four - 15-17 Feb
Hertfordshire Mavericks 47-48 Team Bath; Loughborough Lightning 41-52 Team Northumbria; Manchester Thunder 60-40 Yorkshire Jets; Celtic Dragons 48-69 Surrey Storm.
Round Five - 21-24 Feb
Yorkshire Jets 40-57 Team Bath; Celtic Dragons 51-54 Manchester Thunders; Surrey Storm 60-40 Loughborough Lightning; Team Northumbria 41-51 Hertfordshire Mavericks
Round Six - 28 Feb-01 March
Team Bath 62-62 Celtic Dragons; Hertfordshire Mavericks 39-50 Yorkshire Jets; Loughborough Lightning 31-61 Manchester Thunder; Team Northumbria 42-62 Surrey Storm
Round Seven - 07-08 March
Yorkshire Jets 67-70 Celtic Dragons; Manchester Thunder 65-35 Team Northumbria; Loughborough Lightning 47-58 Team Bath; Surrey Storm 52-50 Hertfordshire Mavericks
Round Eight - 14-15 March
Yorkshire Jets 68-50 Loughborough Lightning; Celtic Dragons 44-51 Hertfordshire Mavericks; Team Northumbria 50-66 Team Bath; Surrey Storm 46-46 Manchester Thunder
Round Nine - 17-20 March
Manchester Thunder 53-46 Hertfordshire Mavericks; Team Northumbria 46-46 Yorkshire Jets; Team Bath 51-61 Surrey Storm; Loughborough Lightning 48-65 Celtic Dragons
Round Ten - 22-24 March
Hertfordshire Mavericks 71-35 Loughborough Lightning; Celtic Dragons 76-41 Hertfordshire Mavericks; Surrey Storm 63-42 Yorkshire Jets; Manchester Thunder 51-55 Team Bath
Round Eleven - 28-29 March
Team Bath 49-49 Hertfordshire Mavericks; Yorkshire Jets 50-51 Manchester Thunder; Team Northumbria 68-40 Loughborough Lightning