The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have written another chapter in the history books of women’s cricket, following their record-breaking run chase against New Zealand in the second One Day International (ODI) of the Rose Bowl Series.
In the course of securing victory at North Sydney Oval on Friday, the Australian side posted the highest run chase in women’s ODI history.
Having secured an 8-wicket win in the first ODI, the New Zealand White Ferns set out to go two up in the series and a dominant batting display saw them post a total of 6-288 from their 50 overs.
Openers Meg Lanning (72) and Rachael Haynes (70) led from the front and found the boundary consistently throughout their stints at the crease. Jess Cameron (36) and captain Jodie Fields (31) added some crucial runs to the total as top-order wickets fell around them. But it was Sarah Coyte who came in at No. 7 and guided her side to victory. Coyte’s unbeaten 51* pushed her side’s total to 6-289 with 20 balls to spare.
Following the record-breaking run chase coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick said she was impressed with her side’s ability to bounce back and secure the win.
“We knew that New Zealand’s total was going to be tough to chase down but I was confident that we had enough depth in our batting line-up to get there,” Fitzpatrick said.
“It’s a credit to the players that they were able to secure the win with a record-breaking run chase and we’ll now look ahead to the remaining two matches in the series.”
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have not lost a Rose Bowl Series since 1998/99 and will be looking to regain the trophy in the two remaining ODIs of the series.
All matches in the Rose Bowl Series will be live streamed on Cricket Australia’s website at www.cricket.com.au/southern-stars-live
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First Posted 16 December, 2012 10:00AM AEST