Australia Open Series By Beating New Zealand

Australia Open Series By Beating New Zealand
Australia Open Series By Beating New Zealand
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Australia Women 261-9 (Cameron 79) beat
New Zealand Women 232 (McGlashan 65) by 29 runs
Quadrangular One-Day International series, Chesterfield

Jess Cameron scored 79 as Australia Women beat New Zealand Women by 29 runs in the opening game of the Quadrangular One-Day International series in Chesterfield.

Cameron's second ODI half-century and career-best score steered the Australians to 261 for nine before they bowled New Zealand out for 232 in reply.

Australia recovered from 31 for three to post a winning score thanks to Cameron's knock, which used up just 80 balls and innings of 41 from Alex Blackwell, 32 from Lisa Sthalekar and 28 from captain Jodie Fields.

Nicola Browne and Aimee Watkins took two wickets apiece to peg Australia back but they then proved unable to get on level terms with the bat.

They started well enough with Lucy Doolan hitting 42 in 41 balls, Frances Mackay 17 and Suzie Bates 28 and with Sara McGlashan scoring 65 in 84 balls, they had built an impressive platform.

Australia hit back with Sarah Coyte (3-48) and Erin Osborne (2-20) taking important wickets in the middle order before McGlashan was caught and bowled by Clea Smith.

From 120 for two, New Zealand slipped to 186 for seven and despite a late rally from Browne (22) and Rachel Priest (17), they fell short as Shelley Nitschke captured three three for 35.

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