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Peterson hat-trick helps New Zealand Women level series with eight-run victory

Suzie Bates top scored with 30 runs
Suzie Bates top scored with 30 runs

New Zealand Women 101-9 (Strano 5-10) beat
Australia Women 61-9 (Peterson 3-2) by eight runs D/L
Second Twenty20 International in Victoria

Anna Peterson claimed a hat-trick in the 13th over to restrict Australia Women to 61 for nine in the chase after which rain allowed no further play possible leading to an eight-run victory for New Zealand Women in the second Twenty20 International in Victoria.

Chasing a revised target of 70 runs from 13 overs, Australia lost Meg Lanning (9), Ben Mooney (4) and Ashleigh Gardener (5) early.

Elyse Villani (19) and Alex Blackwell (14) tried to consolidate the innings but after they fell in the 12th and 11th overs respectively, the target came down to 11 runs off the final over to be bowled by Peterson (3-2).

In her first three deliveries, she dismissed Jess Jonassen (1), Alyssa Healy (5) and Megan Schutt (0) while Molly Strano (1) was run out, thereby securing an eight run win for New Zealand Women to level the series 1-1.

Earlier, New Zealand got off to a decent start with Suzie Bates (30) and Rachel Priest (20) opening the innings but a five-wicket haul from Strano (5-10) pegged them back to 101 for nine in the 20 overs.

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