Australia Women 256-6 (Blackwell 65) beat
New Zealand Women 253-8 (Satterthwaite 85) by four wickets
Second One-Day International in Mount Maunganui
Half-centuries from Beth Mooney and Alex Blackwell led Australia Women's chase of 254 runs as they sealed a four-wicket victory against New Zealand Women in the second One-Day International in Mount Maunganui to level the series 1-1.
Australia won the toss ad elected to field first. Despite, losing Rachel Priest (5) early, Suzie Bates (35) and Amy Satterthwaite (85) consolidated the innings with a 40-run stand for the second wicket.
Amanda-Jade Wellington (3-52) provided the breakthrough when she had Bates stumped but Satterthwaite continued to keep going by adding another 87-run stand with Katey Martin (43).
Wellington brought New Zealand back into the game once again with wickets of Martin and Ellyse Perry (0) as New Zealand crossed the 200-run mark just before the 45th over.
Satterthwaite had a chance to become the first cricketer to score five consecutive centuries in ODIs - a record currently held by the New Zealander and former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who have four but missed the milestone by 15 runs as White Ferns ended their innings at 253 for eight in 50 overs.
Nicole Bolton (17) fell early in the chase but Mooney (57) and Meg Lanning (44) brought the innings on track with 87-run stand for the second wicket.
Amelia Kerr (4-54) castled both the set players and Elyse Villani (0) in quick succession to leave the visitors reeling at 138 for four but Blackwell (65) and Alyssa Healy (36) put them on course of victory and Australia eventually completed a four-wicket win to level the series 1-1.
© Cricket World 2017