Rain prevents Emerging Players' fourth loss

Last updated 17:37 21/11/2012

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Australia completed a virtual clean sweep of their one-day cricket series against New Zealand's Emerging Players today with only a washout preventing them winning all four encounters in Sydney.

For the third time a clinical Australia inflicted a crushing victory at Blacktown International Sportspark, sauntering past their 151-run victory target on the first ball of the 28th over and with seven wickets still in hand.

Captain Nicole Bolton ensured the chase would not be drawn out as she slammed 68 from 71 deliveries - including 10 boundaries and a six.

Bolton was content to sit back as fellow opener Elyse Villiani took the early initiative with 38 from 35, an innings containing seven boundaries as the New Zealand attack again bore no resemblance to their counterparts.

Felicity Leydon-Davis was the most economical of the seven bowlers used with 1-27 from seven overs; the reliable Morna Nielsen produced another solid effort with 1-36, also from seven.

New Zealand were in early strife after winning the toss and opting to bat first when openers Natalie Dodd and Meg Kendal were both dismissed without scoring.

White Fern Katie Perkins also departed cheaply for nine, leaving Anna Petersen in charge of the salvage job - an assignment she approached defiantly by compiling 55 from 85 deliveries.

Petersen struck six boundaries and when she retreated at 98-7 the tail at least produced a rear guard action to carry the score to 150 before the innings ended in the 48th over.

New Zealand's wickets were shared liberally among the six-pronged Australian attack, leg spinner Renee Chappell had the best return of 2-14 from 8.2 overs.

Australia won the series opener by six wickets, game two was a no result and in the third on Monday New Zealand were routed by 184 runs.

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