14 Oct 2016

White Ferns thump Proteas

7:00 am on 14 October 2016

The New Zealand women's cricket team have beaten South Africa by nine wickets in the third one-dayer in Kimberley.

White Fern Holly Huddleston.

White Fern Holly Huddleston. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

South Africa made 188 for nine in their 50 overs.

Pace bowler Holly Huddleston took five wickets for 25 runs from her 10 overs.

The White Ferns reached their target in the 34th over.

Captain Suzie Bates was unbeaten on 82 and Amy Satterthwaite unbeaten on 89.

New Zealand lead the seven match series 2-1.

The toss in Kimberley appeared to be the only aspect of the game that captain Suzie Bates did not have in control as her team sprang back from their first-ever loss to the Proteas Women, on the same strip earlier this week, with a dominant all-round performance.

The star of the wickets column in this match would be recalled pace bowler Holly Huddleston, who picked up a late 29th birthday present in the form of her second ODI five-wicket bag.

Suzie Bates and first drop Amy Satterthwaite joined forces for what would develop into the fourth highest unbroken partnership in New Zealand women's cricket history - their second-wicket stand of 174 in 28.4 overs also a White Ferns record against South Africa.

The White Ferns now sit equal on points with the second-placed West Indies on the IWC table, separated by net run rate.

The two teams now contest a further four ODIs for the series trophy, and move to Paarl's Boland Park for the fourth ODI on Monday.