Australia Take Rose Bowl 4-2 With 19-Run Win
Australia Women 222 (Blackwell 51) beat
New Zealand Women 203 (Browne 54no) by 19 runs
Third One-Day International, Brisbane
Australia Women clinched the Rose Bowl series 4-2 over rivals New Zealand Women with a 19-run win in the third and final One-Day International in Brisbane.
The series, which also included five Twenty20 Internationals, began in December and ended when New Zealand were bowled out for 203 in reply to Australia's 222.
Although Shelley Nitschke was unable to mark her final international on home soil with a significant innings, scoring 14, Leah Poulton (38) and Alex Blackwell (51) propelled the Southern Stars to their score before they were bowled out in 48.3 overs with Kelly Anderson taking three for 45 with Kate Broadmore and Nicola Browne both taking two wickets.
The White Ferns started well enough in reply with openers Frances Mackay (28) and Lucy Doolan (24) putting on 45 for the first wicket before Australia hit back.
Nitschke had an impact with the ball, taking the wickets of Doolan, Suzie Bates (6) and Anderson (6) to return three for 36 while Lisa Sthalekar took three for 28 by dismissing Sara McGlashan (9), Katey Martin (8), and Lea Tahuhu (2) to round off the game.
Nicola Browne fought hard to keep her side in the match but she ran out of partners to end unbeaten on 54 in 64 deliveries and Aimee Watkins' 100th One-Day International proved to be a disappointing one as she fell for 49 just when she and Browne were putting New Zealand into a strong position.
The two sides now head to England for quadrangular ODI and Twenty20 International series which also involve India.
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