Cricket Australia Items/news/2012/11/19/shooting-stars

Mooney ton powers Stars to big win

UPDATED 13 February, 2013 11:57AM AEST | by Omnisport

Australia's Shooting Stars have crushed New Zealand by 184 runs in their limited-overs clash on Monday in Blacktown.

Led by left-arm quick Gemma Triscari, who took 5-9, Australia skittled the visitors for 95 in 25.5 overs after posting a sizeable 7-279 from their 50 overs.

Beth Mooney scored more than New Zealand altogether with an unbeaten 107 from 136 balls after captain Nicole Bolton had elected to bat.

Opener Elyse Villani piled on 67 from 73 deliveries, and after her partner Bolton departed cheaply for one, put on a 111-run stand for the second wicket with Mooney.

Villani was eventually trapped lbw by Morna Nielsen as the Stars fell to 2-123, but Mooney found another ally in Sarah Coyte (56 off 45).

Australia's tail-end fell away but Mooney continued on to see out all but four of the 50 overs.

Tellingly for New Zealand, seamer Lea Tahuhu top-scored with 18 as none of the top order made more than 13 runs.

Openers Meg Kendall and Natalie Dodd started steadily enough for the opening wicket before the latter chipped straight to Villani at mid-off in the sixth over.

She departed for nine and Kendal for 13, soon after Madeline Green (duck) and Katie Perkins (one) were dismissed with a whimper.

Thereafter, there was little for New Zealand to take from the match but for Tahuhu's unbeaten 18.

Triscari's purple patch saw her take five of the last six wickets and stamp herself for player-of-the match-honours.

Megan Schutt grabbed 3-38 while Holly Ferling snared 2-23 in a dominant Australian performance.

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First Posted 19 November, 2012 5:04PM AEST

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