NZvsAUS Women’s: Kiwis get the better of Kangaroos in the 1st ODI: While the Kiwi men are ‘fighting it’ with their Australian counterpart in the second of the two-Test series at Christchurch, elsewhere at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, their women got the ‘better of’ the Aussie eves in the first of the three-match ODI series.
Put into bat, the Kiwi women losing one of their opener, wicket-keeper Rachel Priest (4), recovered to some extent with the second-wicket partnership between the other opener, skipper Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite, which produced 72 runs in 13.4 overs.
Bates, missing her 16th ODI half-century notched up 43 runs in 61 deliveries with 6 fours and was horribly run-out in a mix-up.
Satterthwaite kept one end going and came up with her 11th ODI half-century in 58 deliveries with 5 hits to the fence. She top scored with 72 well made runs from 88 deliveries with 5 fours and was the 6th wicket to fall with the team score reading 159 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.
The remaining batswomen added another 43 runs and the NZ innings got over with 202 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs.
Aussie medium pacer Grace Harris (10-0-32-3) and left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen (10-1-32-3) were the chief-wreckers while Holly Ferling and Megan Schutt took a wicket each.
Chasing 203 for a win, the Aussie women, but for a 69-run partnership in 17.1 overs for the first wicket between Nicole Bolton (27) and the debutant wicket-keeper Beth Mooney, never got going. Mooney brought up her maiden ODI half-century in 66 deliveries aided with 7 fours.
She ended up scoring 53 runs off 77 deliveries and departed at the team score of 104/3 in 26.1 overs.
Ellyse Perry, who had a very successful outing against the Indian eves early this month, with scores of 90, 31 and 50 in the three ODIs, waged a lone battle, without much of a support from other batswomen. She notched up her 12th ODI half-century (51) in 58 deliveries with 5 fours and a six.
Without much of a resistance, the Aussie innings ended with 193 runs in 49.4 overs.
Medium pacer Lea Tahuhu (9-1-34-3) and the leg-spinner Erin Birmingham (10-0-38-3) did the maximum damage.
New Zealand won the match by 9 runs and went up 1-0 in the series.