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Dominant bowling performance seals series victory for New Zealand Women

Suzie Bates led from the front for New Zealand
Suzie Bates led from the front for New Zealand

New Zealand Women 113-8 (Wellington 4-16) beat
Australia Women 66 (Blackwell 30no) by 47 runs
Third Twenty20 International in Adelaide

A collective bowling effort from the New Zealand Women bowlers saw them dismiss Australia Women for 66 in a chase of 114 runs in the third Twenty20 International in Adelaide to seal a 2-1 series victory.

Suzie Bates (31) and Rachel Priest (17) gave a decent start to the innings after New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first.

Wellington (4-16) removed both Bates and Priest following which New Zealand lost momentum. Amy Satterthwaite (18), Anna Peterson (15) and Maddy Green (14) all got starts but failed to carry on big as the visitors were restricted to 113 for eight in the 20 overs.

Wellington was the pick of the Australian bowlers with a four-wicket haul while Kristen Beams (2-21) picked two wickets.

Australia never looked comfortable in the chase as they lost the first five wickets with just nine runs on the board. Alyssa Healy (12) and Alex Blackwell (30 not out) were the only players to cross the double figure mark as they were bowled out for 66 in 16 overs.

The win has also secured a 2-1 series victory for New Zealand with Bates bagging the player of the match and also the player of the series awards.

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