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Rookies Seal Clean Sweep For New Zealand

New Zealand Women
New Zealand wrapped up a 3-0 series win with another convincing win in Lincoln
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New Zealand Women 221-8 (Priest 57) beat
West Indies Women 114 by 107 runs
Third One-Day International, Lincoln

New Zealand Women, fielding two debutants and two others with less than two games behind them, beat the West Indies Women by 107 runs to seal a 3-0 One-Day International series win in Lincoln.

Felicity Leydon-Davis made her debut one to remember by taking five for 18 as the West Indies were bowled out for 114 chasing 222 to win.

New Zealand had earlier posted 221 for eight with Rachel Priest top scoring with 57 in 40 balls.

Maddy Green also made made her debut for the White Ferns, hitting 15 while Samantha Curtis (24) and Holly Huddleston (0-24) were the others brought into the squad for the first time ahead of this series.

Any lack of experience in their ranks hardly hindered the home side, and they showed plenty of resilience to come back from being reduced to 90 for four early on.

Suzie Bates (14), Curtis, Sara McGlashan (25) and Green (15) fell cheaply before Katie Perkins (21) and Nicola Browne (22) helped the recovery, but it was Priest who really launched the fightback.

After Browne had reached her 2,000th run in ODI cricket, Priest hit seven fours and a six to ensure New Zealand posted a score in excess of 200, which until she had come to the crease, looked most unlikely.

The wickets were shared among the West Indians. Shaquana Quintyne and Stacy-Ann King took two each with Tremayne Smartt, Stafanie Taylor and Vanessa Watts - also making her debut - taking one apiece.

The West Indies lost Quintyne to a run out early on for one before Leydon-Davis began to show her worth.

She had Natasha McLean caught by Green for 18, bowled Shemaine Campbelle for 22 and had Merissa Aguilleira trapped in front for four.

That left the tourists in trouble at 60 for four but they subsequently lost four wickets for four runs to go from 76 for four to 80 for eight, and that collapse handed the game to New Zealand.

Shanel Daley fell for 20 when she was caught by Perkins off Browne, King was run out for a golden duck, Chinelle Henry was bowled by Frances Mackay and Taylor was caught behind by Priest off Browne.

After a partnership worth 32 runs between Smartt (11) and Watts (18), Leydon-Davis finished the game by having both players caught to complete her five-wicket haul.

The two sides will play the first of five Twenty20 Internationals on 1st March in Invercargill.

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