Australia capped their victorious Rose Bowl ODI series with a seven-run win over a valiant New Zealand in the fourth and final match at North Sydney Oval on Wednesday.
The 3-1 series result means the Southern Stars retain the trophy they have lost just three times in 25 tournaments.
After acting captain Alex Blackwell won the toss, Australia compiled an impressive 9-267 and it proved just enough as New Zealand finished 8-260 in a tense finish.
The Southern Stars were well placed at 2-131 after 20 overs but a middle-order collapse left the hosts vulnerable at 8-205 in the 39th.
But Ellyse Perry (33 not out off 30 balls) added important lower-order runs with Megan Schutt (14 off 22) and Sharon Millanta (15 off 15).
Earlier, No.3 Jess Cameron (66 off 36) top-scored in a knock that featured seven fours and three sixes.
Rachael Haynes (32 off 28), Meg Lanning (38 off 35), Blackwell (23 off 46) and Lisa Sthalekar (22 off 36) also contributed to the total.
For New Zealand, Lea Tahuhu (3-47 off 10) and Amy Satterthwaite (3-59 off 10) led the bowling, with the remaining three all the result of run outs.
In reply, the White Ferns put in a brave fight after their top order all made starts but the steep run rate required ultimately proved too difficult.
Openers Suzie Bates (54 off 70) and Lucy Doolan (30 off 27) provided a solid platform and contributions from Satterthwaite (38 off 48), Katie Perkins (41 off 61) and Nicola Browne (63 off 71) powered the Kiwis into a winning position at 3-220 after 42 overs.
But tight bowling from Perry (2-44 from 10 overs) and Schutt (2-43) as well as Rachel Haynes' crucial run out of Perkins swung the match in Australia's favour.
Erin Osborne (1-49 from 10), Millanta (1-67) and Sthalekar (1-51 from 10) were the other wicket-takers.
With the series already wrapped up, the Southern Stars opted to rest regular skipper Jodie Fields along with Sarah Coyte and Jessica Jonassen.
Governor-General Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC CVO presented the Rose Bowl trophy to Australia after the match.
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First Posted 19 December, 2012 5:55PM AEST