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by John Pennington Sunday 16 November 2014
Australia Women 222-2 (Lanning 135no) beatWest Indies Women 220-7 by eight wicketsThird One-Day International, Bowral
Meg Lanning scored an unbeaten century to help set up an eight-wicket win for Australia Women over the West Indies Women in Bowral which puts the home side into an unassailable 3-0 series lead.
Lanning his 135 not out in127 balls, scoring her fifth ODI century, as Australia chased down a victory target of 221 in the 44th over.
Hayley Matthews made 60, her third consecutive half-century, to top score for the tourists, who made 220 for seven.
Matthews and Kycia Knight (40) put on 97 for the first wicket for the West Indies but in what has become a familiar tale, the struggled once their stand was broken.
Merissa Aguilleira (30) and Shaquana Quintyne (33) made useful contributions after Shemaine Campbelle was forced to retire hurt on 12.
Erin Osborne, Rene Farrell and Ellyse Perry all took two wickets for Australia.
Australia's innings was the complete opposite to the West Indies as they lost openers Nicole Bolton (9) and Elyse Villani (5) cheaply.
However, Lanning then compiled an unbroken 204-run partnership with Perry, unbeaten on 64, to lead Australia to a convincing win.
Lanning hit 22 fours during her innings and has moved level with Belinda Clark on Australia's list of ODI century-makers - only Karen Rolton (8) is ahead.
The win also puts Australia six points clear of the West Indies at the top of the ICC Women's Championship standings.
The fourth and final ODI is on Tuesday (18th November).
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