Lanning century guides Australia Women to series victory

Meg Lanning led from the front
Meg Lanning led from the front

Australia Women 273-5 (Lanning 104no) beat
New Zealand Women 270-9 (Martin 77) by five wickets
Third One-Day International in Mount Maunganui

Meg Lanning scored a brilliant unbeaten century to help Australia Women chase down 271 against New Zealand Women in the decisive third One-Day International in Mount Maunganui to seal a 2-1 series victory.

Australia won the toss and decided to field first. Rachel Priest (77) and Suzie Bates (27) provided a solid opening stand of 60 runs.

After Amanda-Jade Wellington (1-48) dismissed Priest, Ashleigh Gardener (3-56) castled Amy Satterthwaite (11) to reduce the hosts to 73 for two.

The innings was brought back on track by a 97-run stand for the third wicket between Priest and Kyle Martin (77). Both the players were dismissed on reaching 77 following which a useful contribution from Katie Perkins (34) helped them post 270 for nine in the 50 overs.

Nicole Bolton (0) was castled early in the chase, following which Beth Mooney (69) and Lanning (104 not out) added 93 runs for the second wicket.

An indecision in running between the two players led to the run out of Mooney but Lanning carried on with support from Ellyse Villani (37), Alex Blackwell (32) and Alyssa Healy (21 not out) ensured they reached the target in 49.2 overs with five wickets in hand.

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