A century from Amy Satterthwaite guided the White Ferns to victory in their opening game of the one-day series against Australia in Auckland.
Having won the Twenty20 series during the week, the White Ferns followed that up with a five-wicket win over Australia at Eden Park Outer Oval on Sunday, to give New Zealand the series lead heading into the next two games at Mount Maunganui on Thursday and Sunday.
Satterthwaite finished unbeaten on 102, as the White Ferns reached 276-5 with five balls to spare in pursuit of Australia’s 275.
Batting at No 3, Satterthwaite faced 113 balls and hit nine fours, her sixth one-day international hundred, but even when the run rate was climbing, she kept the score ticking over.
Satterthwaite praised the work of the top order batters and how Katey Martin (43) and Katie Perkins (29) came in and took the pressure off her.
“It was an outstanding feeling, I don’t think we’ve done that too many times, let alone against Australia,” Satterthwaite said. “It was really pleasing and I think the way the girls performed their roles was really pleasing.”
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“Suzie [Bates] started us off really well and even with the support of Rachel. We knew it was a mental battle and I think scoring a hundred in any game’s huge.
“To get it today when we were chasing that total and against what is a classy Australian side is pretty special.”
Satterthwaite said she was struggling to find the gaps at the start, but that came later in her innings.
Captain Suzie Bates scored 55 opening the innings, but praised Satterthwaite’s knock.
“When Amy’s in the middle you know you’re in safe hands,” Bates said. “I thought that innings was outstanding and one of her best for New Zealand when we needed it.”
Medium-pacer Amanda-Jane Wellington was the best of the Australian bowlers, picking up two scalps.
Earlier Australia’s score was set up by a century from opener Beth Mooney, who scored 100 from 123 balls.
There were also half centuries from Elyse Villani and Rachael Haynes, who both scored an even 50 in the middle order, but the Australian batting order collapsed after that, when it had looked like they were going to post an even bigger total.
The wickets were shared around the New Zealand bowlers, but seamer Lea Tahuhu grabbed 4-59 opening the bowling and Holly Huddleston picked up 3-46, as they bowled Australia out in 48.4 overs.
The game was not without controversy though, as the television commentators cast doubt on one of the catches in Australia’s innings.
Haynes got an outside edge off the bowling of Huddleston, and wicketkeeper Priest snaffled the ball and appealed, along with a number of the New Zealand women’s side.
Haynes walked immediately and was was given out caught behind.
However, the Sky Sport commentary team cast doubt on the catch as replays appeared to show the ball had bounced on the turf and up into Priest’s gloves.
“That’s horrible. That’s bounced six inches in front of the gloves,” former Black Cap Scott Styris said.
Haynes had just brought up her half-century before being dismissed, having been given a second life earlier in her innings.
Haynes had earlier had been caught and given out, but the decision was reversed when an umpire, seemingly incorrectly, ruled a no-ball for the hosts breaching fielding restrictions.
At a glance
Australia 275 (B Mooney 100, R Haynes 50, E Villani 50; L Tahuhu 4-59, H Huddleston 3-46, S Bates 2-44) lost to New Zealand 277-5 (A Satterthwaite 102*, Bates 55, K Martin 43, K Perkins 29; )
Article Courtesy of George Heagney – Stuff.