5 Mar 2017

Australia defeat White Ferns to win Rose Bowl

8:42 pm on 5 March 2017

An unbeaten century from captain Meg Lanning has guided Australia to a five wicket victory over New Zealand in the deciding match of the three game Rose Bowl one-day series.

Meg Lanning toasts victory with the Rosebowl trophy.

Meg Lanning toasts victory with the Rosebowl trophy. Photo: Photosport

Lanning's ton came off 111 balls, before the 24-year-old finished the match 104 not out.

Wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy, niece of Ian, hit the winning boundary with four balls remaining in the match.

Healy finished on 21 not out as Australia reached 273 for 5 in reply to the White Ferns' 270 for 9.

Opener Beth Mooney also played a crucial innings for Australia scoring 69 off 73.

Holly Huddlestone was the best of the White Ferns bowlers with three wicket maidens and going for 44 runs off 10 overs.

Meg Lanning.

Meg Lanning. Photo: Photosport

The White Ferns lost the toss and were sent into bat at Bay Oval, where New Zealand captain Suzy Bates scored 27 off 35 deliveries.

Her opening partner Rachel Priest top scored for New Zealand with 77 from 101.

Number four batsman Katey Martin also scored 77 but from 86 balls, as Katie Perkins chimed in with a valuable 34 off 32.

Katey Martin celebrates her 50.

Katey Martin celebrates her 50. Photo: Photosport

At 248 for five in the 45th over the White Ferns' top order had built a solid base, but the tail order was unable to go out with a bang.

Australians Jess Jonassen and Ashleigh Gardner each took three wickets.

In game two of the series that was also played at Bay Oval, Australia won by four wickets after chasing down New Zealand's total of 253 in the 48th over.

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