Lanning's consecutive ODI century wraps up Rose Bowl series for Australia
Australia Women 244-4 (Lanning 127) beat
New Zealand Women 243-5 by six wickets
Third One-Day International, Mount Maunganui
Meg Lanning continued her rich vein of form smashing another century as Australia Women chased down 244 against New Zealand Women with six wickets in hand in the third One-Day International in Mount Maunganui to seal the Rose Bowl series 2-1.
Earlier New Zealand's total of 243 was powered by a 133-ball 110 from their skipper Suzie Bates but to her dismay the White Ferns' 17-year losing streak in reclaiming the Rose Bowl contest continued.
Australia won the toss and elected to field again. Despite the early loss of Rachel Priest (9), Bates added a 87-run stand for the second wicket with Amy Satterthwaite (44) and another 101-run partnership with Sara McGlashan (46) to take New Zealand past the 200-run mark in the 43rd over.
In the process Bates reached her half-century off 74 deliveries and needed only 54 more deliveries to reach her seventh ODI century which was laced with 11 boundaries.
The Australian bowlers controlled the death overs well as New Zealand posted 243 for five in their 50 overs.
Rene Farrell (1-38) was the pick of the Australian bowlers as she managed an economy of just 3.80 while picking the key wicket of Bates.
In their chase, Australia lost both their openers, Nicole Bolton (0) and Beth Mooney (16) inside 13 overs and were reduced to 34 for two.
It was once again the reliable pair of Lanning (127) and Ellyse Perry (35) that resurrected the innings with a 77-run stand for the third wicket.
Lanning reached her fifty off 56 deliveries, but lost Perry at the other end who chipped a return catch to Leigh Kasperek (2-37) in the 27th over.
Just when New Zealand had a hope of coming back into the game, Lanning joined Alex Blackwell (50 not out) and added another 129-run stand for the fourth wicket to put Australia in the course of victory.
Lanning departed in the penultimate over to Kasperek but not before registering her eighth ODI century.
Alyssa Healy (4 not out) struck a boundary off the first ball, she faced to complete a six-wicket victory for Australia and thereby claiming the Rose Bowl series 2-1.
With 24 points in the ICC Women's Championship, Australia now have extended their lead over the second placed West Indies team to eight points.
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