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Auckland medium-pacer Holly Huddleston starred in just her second game for New Zealand as the White Ferns clinched a one-day cricket series victory over the West Indies.
Huddleston ripped through the Windies' top order at Lincoln's Bert Sutcliffe Oval, taking five for 36 as New Zealand eased to a comfortable 94-run victory. It was the best one-day bowling by a New Zealand women's cricketer against the West Indies.
The White Ferns now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series. The final game is also at Lincoln on Wednesday.
Batting first, New Zealand reached an impressive 274 for five.
Captain Suzie Bates departed early for seven after hitting an unbeaten 95 in the first game, but Sara McGlashan and Samantha Curtis got the innings back on track.
They added 98 runs for the second wicket before Curtis, in just her second game for the White Ferns, was run out for 42.
McGlashan looked in ominous touch with the bat and appeared on target for a maiden ODI hundred, until she fell for 71.
New Zealand's innings was built around several strong partnerships. Sophie Devine and Katie Perkins continued the excellent earlier work of McGlashan and Curtis, lifting the runrate over the final 15 overs.
Devine hit six fours in her 45, while Perkins slammed 45 from 34 balls. Rachel Priest hit a whirlwind cameo of 40 not out from 19 balls as New Zealand reached a formidable target.
After losing Natasha McLean early on, Shemaine Campbelle and Stafanie Taylor consolidated for the West Indies, but they always struggled with the rising runrate. Campbelle top scored with 45 from 62 balls, while Taylor chipped in with 32.
New Zealand's bowlers did an outstanding job of tying down the West Indies batsmen in the middle stages of the innings with Huddleston picking up wickets at important stages.
Devine, Nicola Browne, and Canterbury's Frances Mackay all claimed a wicket apiece in the win. Another Canterbury player, Hayley Jensen again fared well in her second game for New Zealand, conceding just seven runs from her five overs.
S Bates c Henry b Taylor 7
S Curtis run out 42
S McGlashan c Taylor b King 71
S Devine c Campbelle b Quintyne 45
K Perkins not out 45
N Browne run out 7
R Priest not out 40
Extras:(lb 5, wd 11, nb 1) 17
Total: (for 5 wickets in 50 overs) 274
Fall: 1-20, 2-118, 3-134, 4-196, 5-216
Bowling: T Smartt 10-0-52-0, S Taylor 7-0-34-1, S Quintyne 8-1-47-1, S Daley 6-1-20-0, S Selman 10-0-55-0, A Mohammed 3-0-28-0, S King 6-0-33-1
N McLean b Devine 9
S Taylor c McGlashan b Mackay 32
S Campbelle lbw b Huddleston 45
M Aguilleira lbw b Huddleston 14
S King c Priest b Huddleston 5
S Quintyne b Huddleston 18
C Henry run out 10
S Daley b Huddleston 26
A Mohammed not out 1
T Smartt c Mackay b Browne 10
S Selman not out 1
Extras: (lb 3, wd 6) 9
Total: (for 9 wickets in 50 overs) 180
Fall: 1-20, 2-65, 3-88, 4-98, 5-131, 6-132, 7-166, 8-167, 9-178
Bowling: S Devine 6-1-20-1, M Nielsen 10-2-31-0, N Browne 9-1-26-1, S Bates 2-0-18-0, F Mackay 8-1-39-1, H Huddleston 10-2-36-5, H Jensen 5-2-7-0
Result: New Zealand won by 94 runs and lead series 2-0.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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