The Shooting Stars took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the 5 match series against NZ Emerging Players today. Australia’s Nicola Carey was the star of the match with a dominating performance with both bat and ball.
Left-handed Carey arrived at the crease to join Katie Mack with the score at 1 for 7 in the 2nd over and immediately got to work.
Mack’s busy innings of 13 came to an end five overs later and Australia were poised at 2 – 53.
Carey and Kara Sutherland (40 from 70 balls) then went about a destructive 96 run partnership that ended in the 30th over with the score 3 – 159.
Following the positive first 30 overs, which was only slowed by some clever spin bowling by NZ Captain Frances MacKay (2 for 34 from 9 overs), the Australians compiled a further 104 runs largely by Carey who was well supported by Claire Koski (9), Erin Burns (26), Beth Mooney (7) and Jemma Barsby (10).
Carey scored heavily on both sides of the wicket and as her confidence grew, so did her stroke play, smashing 19 boundaries.
The innings eventually came to an end on 133 from 137 balls, but Carey wasn’t finished her day's work just yet.
The Kiwis came out firing in the first 10 overs, and were on track at 0-55 when the leg spin of Katie Mack was called upon by Captain Mooney.
Mack immediately had an impact, removing Natalie Dodd for 25 from 35 balls with a delivery that spun through Dodd’s defences.
It was time for Carey to re-enter the game and in her first over of right arm medium pace she plucked a caught and bowled from her boot laces to remove Victoria Abbott (2 runs from 10 balls).
At 2 for 73 the bowling combinations of Mack and Carey, followed by Holly Ferling (0-35 from 7 overs) and Jemma Barsby (0-28 from 7 overs) slowed the run rate.
The bowlers reined in the stroke play of Frances MacKay who has been a thorn in the Shooting Stars side for the entire series.
The game was evenly poised until Claire Koski teamed with Carey to run out Kate Broadmore (30 from 47 balls) in the 45th over, then Carey (3 for 31 from 10 overs) removed MacKay for 109 from 149 balls. Angela Reakes (3 for 41 from 7 overs) cleaned up the tail leaving New Zealand 22 runs short of the target.
The two teams play the 3RD and final One Day match of the series on Thursday.
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First Posted 21 March, 2012 9:00AM AEST