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Shooting Stars complete series triumph

UPDATED 13 February, 2013 11:57AM AEST | by Omnisport 1

Australia's Shooting Stars have completed their series against New Zealand's Emerging Players with a resounding seven-wicket triumph in Blacktown on Wednesday.

The Shooting Stars had already secured the series with victories in the first and third matches, while the second clash was washed out.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors were bowled out in the 48th over for just 150 with the Australian bowlers sharing the wickets around.

Captain Nicole Bolton did the bulk of the scoring in the run chase with a sublime 68 as the Shooting Stars reached their target in the 28th over for the loss of just three wickets.

New Zealand's innings began disastrously when Nicola Carey clean bowled Natalie Dodd on just the second ball of the day.

Fellow opener Meg Kendal also failed to trouble the scorers as she was trapped lbw by Holly Ferling, while Carey removed captain Madeline Green (eight) to leave the visitors in trouble at 3-18.

Anna Peterson (55) provided steady resistance with a battling half-century, but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as the Shooting Stars bowlers exerted their dominance.

The New Zealand tail added 52 runs for the final three wickets to add some respectability to their score, but 150 never looked like being enough.

Carey (2-39), Ferling (2-25), Renee Chappell (2-14) and Grace Harris (2-23) all picked up two wickets, while Jemma Barsby (1-30) chimed in with one.

The Shooting Stars' run chase began in ideal fashion with Bolton and Elyse Villani putting on 54 runs for the opening wicket.

Villani (38) was eventually dismissed and Carey (12) followed soon after to leave the hosts at 2-72, but with Bolton in fine form the run chase was never in doubt.

The skipper plundered 10 boundaries and one six in her confident innings that was ended when she was run out by Kate Broadmore.

Beth Mooney (17 not out) and Harris (four not out) ensured the Shooting Stars reached their total and completed a 3-0 series victory.

Bolton was named player of the match, while Mooney and Barsby shared the player of the series for their fine performances across the four games.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 21 November, 2012 4:32PM AEST

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