18 Feb 2017

White Ferns succumb to Australia

2:20 pm on 18 February 2017

Australia's beaten the New Zealand women's cricket team by 40 in the opening Twenty20 match in Melbourne.

A 110-run stand for the third wicket put Australia in command as they reached 151-4 in their 20 overs.

The White Ferns were never in the hunt and could only manage 111-8 in their 20 overs.

Amy Satterthwaite top scored for New Zealand with 40 from 38 balls, while Suzie Bates made 26.

Amy Satterwaite top scored for the White Ferns.

Amy Satterwaite top scored for the White Ferns. Photo: Photosport

New Zealand were without Sophie Devine who was missing because of a dislocated thumb.

Friday was the first of three T20s between the Stars and White Ferns, played as curtain raisers before the Australian men's series against Sri Lanka.

The Australian women head to New Zealand in late February for three one dayers.