The New Zealand Emerging Players side beat the Shooting Stars by 37 runs in the 3rd and final ODI in New Zealand.
The coin fell New Zealand’s way at the toss for a third consecutive time after rained delayed the start of play, and the Kiwi skipper elected to bat.
The New Zealand team tried new openers Dodd (77) and Kendal (58) and both caused the Australian bowlers grief as they piled on a first wicket partnership of 133.
Leg spinner of Reakes (2 for 54) made a timely contribution, combining with Carey to remove Kendal, but the Australian attack struggled to assert any sort of control over the New Zealand batting line up.
The 2nd wicket fell in the 34th over when Ferling trapped Dodd in front. Sutherland (1-23) and Ferling (2-17) restled back some control but Brehaut put the foot down scoring 57 from 45 deliveries and the Kiwis plundered a massive 6 for 283 from the 50 overs.
The Australian reply started briskly with Mack (75) and Mooney (103) providing a great start to the chase.
The first wicket fell in the 24th over when Mack became Abbott’s first victim of the day. Mack ‘s run a ball 75 was an outstanding piece of batting, placing the Australians in a great position. The score was humming along at 6 runs per over and the Australians were on track.
A mini collapse resulted in Koski (0), Carey (5) and Sutherland (1) all falling cheaply and it was left to Burns (19) and Barsby (10) to provide some support to the left handed Mooney who was pummeling the ball through the off side at will.
NZ skipper MacKay introduced herself into the attack in the 39th over with immediate effect, capturing Barsby and then later Schutt for a golden duck. The Australian chase had been derailed at 8 – 231 after 41 overs.
The big wicket of Mooney fell with the score on 240 and Australia managed another 6 runs courtesy of Ferling and Tucker but the damage was done and the Kiwis walked away with a well deserved 37 run win.
Despite the loss, the Shooting Stars won the series 3-2.
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First Posted 23 March, 2012 9:35AM AEST