Amy Satterthwaite's personal satisfaction again contrasted with the White Ferns collective disappointment as their bid to square the Rose Bowl one-day international cricket series with Australia fell agonisingly short at North Sydney Oval yesterday.
Satterthwaite's maiden ODI century was not enough to prevent Australia avenging a rare series opening defeat last week and although again named player of the match - and then player of the series - she would have happily traded those accolades for a victory.
Instead she stood among a glum squad after New Zealand's quest for 268 petered out on 260 for eight to give Australia a 3-1 series win.
Apart from a nine-wicket thumping on Monday - where Meg Lanning's record-breaking ton ensured Australia retained the trophy with a game to spare - the White Ferns generally competed well, and at times dominated.
However, an inability to kill off Australia's lower order when they were teetering at 205 for eight with 10 overs remaining was pivotal.
"It sort of hurt us, they managed to kick on in that last bit. We'd pulled them back quite well and that just made it a bit out of reach in the end," Satterthwaite lamented.
New Zealand did well to regroup after Satterthwaite (38) and Suzie Bates (54) departed in quick succession but Australia's death bowling and accurate fielding eventually held sway.
The White Ferns needed 65 off the last 10 overs with seven wickets in hand but when Katie Perkins was run out for 40 momentum swung in the Southern Stars favour.
Perkins and Nicola Browne added 87 for the fourth wicket - a sound recovery after the demoralising blow of losing Bates - but from then on Browne lacked any tangible support.
She made a defiant career-best 63 from 71 balls including five boundaries but when she fell to the first ball of the final over with 14 required the game was up.Unfortunately Ellyse Perry, who earlier tormented the White Ferns with an unbeaten 33, was also effective with the ball, skittling Rachael Priest and the hard-hitting Sara McGlashan as the run-rate spiralled and wickets diminished.
While New Zealand's tail was unable to wag, their Australian counterparts more than compensated for Lanning's relative failure.
Perry first had support from Megan Schutt (14) and then Sharon Millanta (15*) smacked three boundaries to finish the innings with a flourish.
New Zealand had been encouraged when Bates held a rocket-like drive by Lanning in the covers to spike her latest assault on 38 from 35 balls and Satterthwaite then had more cause for celebration when Alyssa Healy was also snared in the outfield three balls later to reduce Australia to 156 for five.
Rachael Haynes (32 from 28) and Jess Cameron who top scored with 66 from 56 were the pick of the top order.
Satterthwaite, who scored 254 runs at 63.5, also made a belated impact with the ball by taking 3-59 from 10 overs - a return that indicated she might have been employed earlier in the series.
Lea Tahuhu also justified her call-up as an injury replacement for Sophie Devine by finishing with the superior figures of 3-47 from 10.
The White Ferns return to domestic duties and then recross the Tasman for three Twenty20 matches next month before they continue on to India for the ODI World Cup.
"Apart for the game where we got a hiding we were really competitive," Satterthwaite said.
"That will stand us in good stead at the World Cup."
Scoreboard from the fourth and final Rose Bowl one-day cricket international between Australia and New Zealand at North Sydney Oval:-
L Poulton c Priest b Tahuhu 6
R Haynes run out (Perkins) 32
J Cameron c Doolan b Satterthwaite 66
M Lanning c Bates b Satterthwaite 38
A Blackwell run out (Tahuhu) 23
A Healy c Ruck b Satterthwaite 2
L Sthalekar c Satterthwaite b Tahuhu 22
E Osborne c Candy b Tahuhu 8
E Perry not out 33
M Schutt run out (Mackay) 14
S Millanta not out 15
Extras (1b 7w) 8
Total (for 9 wkts, 50 overs) 267
Fall: 15, 73, 131, 154, 156, 190, 205, 205, 242
Bowling: S Ruck 10-1-53-0 (2w), L Tahuhu 10-1-47-3 (3w), R Candy 7-0-39-0 (2w), S Bates 3-0-23-0, L Doolan 10-1-45-0, A Satterthwaite 10-0-59-3
L Doolan c Healy b Schutt 30
S Bates b Osborne 54
A Satterthwaite std Healy b Sthalekar 38
K Perkins run out (Haynes) 40
N Browne c Lanning b Millanta 63
R Priest b Perry 1
S McGlashan b Perry 5
L Tahuhu c Healy b Schutt 10
R Candy not out 6
S Ruck not out 1
Extras (5lb 6w 1b) 12
Total (for 8 wkts, 50 overs) 260
Fall: 48, 123, 133, 220, 226, 240, 252, 254
Bowling: E Perry 10-0-44-2, L Sthalekar 10-0-51-1, S Millanta 10-0-67-1 (2w), M Schutt 10-0-43-2 (3w), E Osborne 10-0-49-1 (1w)
Result: Australia win by 7 runs, win series 3-1
Player of the match: Amy Satterthwaite
Player of the Series: Amy Satterthwaite
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