Amy Satterthwaite's maiden one-day international century was a bittersweet experience yesterday as New Zealand were unable to close in on a rare Rose Bowl series win by claiming back-to-back matches against Australia for the first time since 2008.
Set an imposing 289 to square the four-match series at a game apiece, Australia avenged an eight-wicket thumping at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday by engineering a clinical run-chase at North Sydney Oval.
Buoyed by Satterthwaite's superb 109, the White Ferns were confident of defending 288 for six but a blistering assault by openers Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes gave Australia plenty of scope to reach their goal after a mid-innings slump left them potentially vulnerable at 199 for five.
Captain Jodie Fields (31) and Sarah Coyte (51*) steadied the chase with a calm 60-run stand and the Southern Stars eventually prevailed by four wickets with 20 balls remaining.
New Zealand must win the remaining games on Monday and Wednesday if it is to hold the symbol of women's trans-Tasman cricket supremacy for the first time since 1999.
Satterthwaite, from Canterbury, was named player of the match but in some ways felt more satisfied after her 98 in the series opener helped end a 12-match ODI losing streak against their traditional rivals.
"I really enjoyed the moment and it's a nice feeling to tick that one off but it's also disappointing not to get a win on the board," she said, while reflecting on a 119-ball knock that contained nine boundaries and two sixes.
"It was a bizarre feeling [at the SCG] to get that close and not quite get to a hundred but to win the game and win it convincingly. That certainly made me feel much better."
Satterthwaite and game one century maker Suzie Bates (59) set another solid foundation with a 115-run stand for the second wicket while Sara McGlashan's run-a-ball 51 and Katie Perkins' blistering unbeaten 31 from 15 ensured the White Ferns were confident during the innings break.
Sian Ruck then recorded the only maiden of the game - though it only served to get Lanning's eye in.
She slammed 72 from just 53 balls and fellow opener Haynes was no slouch (70 from 75) either as they immediately pared back the original asking rate of 5.78 runs per over.
Australia reached triple figures inside 13 overs and although Lanning and Haynes were separated by a needless run-out with the score on 131, the Stars were undeniably in the ascendancy.
"Unfortunately we started a bit slow with the ball and they really took it to us," Satterthwaite said.
"They pulled the run rate right back and from there we couldn't create enough pressure."
New Zealand had a glimmer of hope when spinner Morna Nielsen (3-36) dislodged Haynes and Lisa Sthalekar in consecutive balls and although she also chipped out Alyssa Healy cheaply before the end of 10 economical overs, there was no effective back-up as Fields and Coyte settled in.
Erin Osborne was the pick of the Australian attack with 1-45 from her 10 while Coyte (2-55) was also on a hat trick when she removed Nicola Browne and Rachael Priest in the penultimate over of New Zealand's innings. Fairfax NZ
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