Australia crushed New Zealand's Emerging Players by 184 runs to claim their four-match women's one-day cricket series with a game to spare in Sydney today.
Australia won the series opener by six wickets with more than 30 overs at their disposal and proved just as effective defending a total at the Blacktown International Sportspark after amassing 279 for seven.
Facing a run-rate of 5.6 per over, the New Zealanders soon required a repeat of the inclement weather that washed out game two, but under clear skies they folded for 95 in just 25.5 overs.
Extras were the top score with 25 and the wides alone (20) surpassed the biggest contribution by a New Zealander, Lea Tahuhu's unbeaten 18, a defiant knock that helped advance the visitors from 64 for nine.
Left arm quick Gemma Triscari was virtually unplayable as she recorded the remarkable figures of 5-9 from five overs.
It was the Australian attack's second five-wicket haul of the series following ambidextrous spin bowler Jemma Barsby's 5-12 in game one.
Australia's impregnable total was marshalled by first drop Beth Mooney who replaced Nicole Bolton (1) in the fourth over and was still there at the close on 107, a superb innings fashioned from 136 deliveries and studded with nine boundaries.
Mooney deservedly brought up her ton in the penultimate over and earlier shared in a 111-run stand for the second wicket with Elyse Villiani, who compiled 67 from 71 balls.
Villiani clouted the only two sixes of the match while Sarah Coyte also plundered 56 from 45 including five boundaries.
Morna Nielsen was the only bowler capable of containing the Australians, she took 2-30 from 10 overs of left arm medium pace while Tahuhu also avoided a pasting by claiming 2-44 from her maximum allocation.
The series ends at the same venue on Wednesday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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