New Zealand have clinched the women's Twenty20 series against Australia with a seven-wicket victory at the Junction Oval in Melbourne on Thursday.
The Aussies posted 5-134 from their 20 overs after being sent in, and New Zealand overhauled the target for the loss of just three wickets with 11 balls remaining.
After winning the toss and electing to field, the Kiwis got off to a great start when Morna Nielsen snared the wicket of opener Alyssa Healy for one leaving the Aussies at 1-8.
Up stepped first-drop Jess Cameron, who promptly smashed the New Zealand attack to score 48 off 36 balls, including four boundaries and two sixes.
Cameron formed an important partnership with Elyse Villani as the two put on 46 for the second wicket.
Once Cameron and Villani were dismissed, Lisa Sthalekar anchored the innings with an unbeaten 24 off 18 balls to help the Aussies set a competitive total of 5-134.
Nielsen was the Kiwis' best bowler with figures of 1-9, with four other bowlers taking a wicket each.
In reply, New Zealand opening pair Suzannah Bates (67 off 44 balls) and Lucy Doolan (35 off 40 balls) laid the foundations for the win, amassing an opening partnership of 101 before Ellyse Perry (1-32) picked up Bates and broke the stand.
Doolan followed a short time later but with wickets in hand, the Kiwis cantered to victory with seven wickets and 11 balls to spare.
A comfortable victory gave New Zealand a 2-1 series win after the Kiwis won the first contest by six wickets, but lost the second game by five wickets.
The series is part of both teams' preparation for the 2013 Women's Cricket World Cup starting in India on January 31.
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First Posted 24 January, 2013 1:48PM AEST