ICC WT20: Ruck And Watkins Hand New Zealand Win
New Zealand Women 127-1 (Watkins 73no, Bates 41no) beat
Australia Women 123-8 (Sthalekar 46, Ruck 3-12) by nine wickets
ICC Women's World Twenty20 Group A, Taunton
Captain Aimee Watkins with the bat and Sian Ruck with the ball engineered a nine-wicket win for New Zealand over Australia in their ICC Women's World Twenty20 Group A match in Taunton.
Watkins stroked an unbeaten 73 in 51 balls after Ruck returned three for 12 as Australia were held to 123 for eight in their 20 overs. New Zealand reached their victory target in 16.2 overs.
Ruck was in superb form, removing Leah Poulton (2), Shelley Nitschke (18) and Lauren Ebsary (0), a triple strike that left Australia reeling at 25 for three.
Lisa Sthalekar contributed a useful 46 but even her efforts, which came from 36 balls, weren't enough to set a defendable target for the White Ferns as Kate Pulford, Lucy Doolan and Suzie Bates picked up a wicket apiece.
Bates then opened the innings alongside Doolan, who was run out for three before an unbroken stand of 118 between Bates and Watkins sealed the victory.
Bates faced 42 balls, hitting five fours while Watkins was the more aggressive, hitting 12 fours and one six.
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