New Zealand Upset Champions In Opener

Nicola Browne
Nicola Browne made 29 for New Zealand as they beat Australia by 11 runs
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New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
ICC Women's World T20 2014 Group A, Sylhet

New Zealand beat reigning champions Australia by seven runs in the opening game of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

The White Ferns looked to be struggling during their innings before reaching 128 for eight, Nicola Browne hitting 29 and Katie Perkins 31.

Browne then took a wicket, and after Australia slumped to 14 for three, they launched a strong comeback, only to eventually be bowled out for 121 in 19.3 overs.

New Zealand's final warm-up game had seen them dismissed for just 48 by England and they made a poor start here, losing experienced pair Suzie Bates (5) and Sara McGlashan (15) in the first five overs.

Frances Mackay then became the third player to be trapped in front when she fell to Sarah Coyte for 25, Rachel Priest was caught by Jess Cameron off Rene Farrell and Perkins, who faced 36 balls, was also trapped in front, by Farrel as New Zealand reached 89 for five in 16.2 overs.

Vital late runs were then added by Browne, whose 29 came from 19 balls, including three fours and the only six of the innings, and Katey Martin, who struck 15 in 11 balls.

Jess Jonassen finished with two for 22 with the wickets of Bates and Priest and Coyte took two for eight while Alex Blackwell ran out Martin and Maddie Green (1) late on.

If New Zealand's start was bad, then Australia's was dreadful, but perhaps unsurprising, given the poor form their top order has been in coming in to this competition.

Elyse Villani was bowled by Holly Huddleston for one, Meg Lanning was caught by Mackay off Huddleston for two and Jess Cameron failed to score before offering Browne a catch off Hayley Jensen, Australia crashing to 14 for three.

Alyssa Healy led the recovery with a run-a-ball 41 and put on 45 with Blackwell, who made 31, for the fourth wicket.

Bates trapped Healy in front and Ellyse Perry made a quickfire 14 in 12 only to be run out by McGlashan as Australia found themselves under pressure.

Jonassen made just three and the key wicket of Blackwell came in the 18th over with the score on 102, when she was also run out, by Martin.

Erin Osborne hit out to try to get Australia back into the match, striking 14 not out in 11 balls, but New Zealand closed out the game by taking the wickets of Coyte (9), Farrell (2) and Holly Ferling (0), the latter two coming in the final over bowled by Mackay.

Huddleston finished with figures of two for 23 and the other five bowlers used - Morna Nielsen, Jensen, Mackay, Bates and Browne took one apiece.

The two sides will now both face Ireland, Pakistan and South Africa as they attempt to reach the semi-finals.

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Group A: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies Fixtures & Results
23rd March: Australia v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa
South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies
West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa
Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies
West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India
England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland
Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan
New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England
England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies
West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa
South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan
Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India
India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka
England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan
Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies
India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final
Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final
England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets