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New Zealand White Ferns dominate Ireland Women to take 2-0 series lead

The New Zealand White Ferns have gone 2-0 up against Ireland Women in the three-match Women’s One-Day International series in Dublin, becoming the first side to score more than 400 in consecutive ODIs.

With regular skipper Suzie Bates resting, stand-in New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite won the toss and elected to bat first beneath blue skies.

After their world record total in the last match, the White Ferns were once again in attacking form with opening pair Sophie Devine and Jess Watkin putting on 74 runs off nine overs.

Watkin, who scored 77* in the T20I against Ireland last Wednesday and followed up with 61 in the first WODI on Friday, was again in fine form before she miscued Gaby Lewis’s first ball and was caught at backward square leg by Rachel Delaney for 23 runs (24 balls; 4 x fours).

With the arrival at the crease of Maddy Green, the scoring rate was increased further and the White Ferns put on a second wicket partnership of 97 from 45 balls. Devine was in imperious form, bringing up her fourth career century off 59 balls, before falling shortly after for 108 (61 balls; 13 x fours, 6 x sixes).

Once more there was no let up, as captain Satterthwaite joined Green and the pair put on a 64-run stand from 43 balls, before Green – just after bringing up her half-century – skied a ball to long-on where a running Shauna Kavanagh claimed a neat catch.

While the bowling performance throughout had improved since the last match on Friday, the White Ferns continued to punish anything short or too full, with boundaries being hit at regular intervals.

One bit of Irish interest towards the end of the innings was the partnership of Anna Peterson (46 runs off 36 balls; 5 x fours, 1 x six) and Kate Ebrahim (17 runs off 16 balls; 2 x fours). Both players having spent time playing club cricket in Ireland - Peterson at the YMCA Cricket Club and Ebrahim (nee Broadmore) at Clontarf Cricket Club.