Australia Retain Rose Bowl After Ten-Wicket Win

Australia Retain Rose Bowl After Ten-Wicket Win
Australia Retain Rose Bowl After Ten-Wicket Win
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Australia Women 163-0 (Poulton 104no) beat
New Zealand Women 162 (Perry 5-31) by ten wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Melbourne

Career-best performances from Leah Poulton and Ellyse Perry propelled Australia Women to a crushing ten-wicket win over New Zealand Women that saw them go 4-0 up in the One-Day International series and retain the Rose Bowl.

Australia are the holders of the Trophy, which also includes the three Twenty20 Internationals to come but they have now taken an unassailable lead thanks to another dominant performance.

Opening bowler Perry returned five for 31 as New Zealand were bowled out for 162 in 48.3 overs and Poulton's unbeaten 104 enabled Australia to race home in just 32.3 overs.

Perry was backed up by Shelley Nitschke and Sarah Andrews, who both picked up two wickets as New Zealand's batting failed once again to deal with the Australian bowling attack, Katey Martin (25) and Amy Satterthwaite (22) the only pair to get starts.

Australia's run chase was clinical, Poulton scoring nine fours and three sixes as she dominated the scoring, leaving Nitschke, unbeaten on 44 in 82 balls, in her shadow.

Poulton's 104 was her second ODI century for her country but her highest score as seven New Zealand bowlers were tried, none of them successful.

The fifth and final ODI is on 18th February before the Twenty20 International series gets underway on 21st February.

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