The Australian Women’s Cricket Team has continued its unbeaten run at the ICC Women’s World Cup with a five-wicket win against New Zealand in Bristol today.
Needing 220 runs to claim victory, Australia reach 49 before opener Nicole Bolton was dismissed by Anna Peterson (2-27) for 26.
Fellow opener Beth Mooney (32) fell not long after leaving Australia on the back foot, but it was captain Meg Lanning (48) and Ellyse Perry (71) who steadied the ship.
Two wickets in as many balls to Amelia Kerr (2-42) caused Australia to stumble, but the experience of Perry and Alex Blackwell (36) proved too much, passing New Zealand’s total with eight balls to spare.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, New Zealand made a steady start with the bat before Australian leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington (1-46) took the key wicket of Rachael Priest (8).
Suzie Bates (51) and Amy Satterthwaite (21) combined to take the score to 85 before two wickets in three balls to Jess Jonassen (3-33) ensured the game was evenly poised.
Katie Perkins (52) and Erin Bermingham (35) kept the scoreboard ticking over but another wicket to Jonassen and one to Ashleigh Gardner (1-32) exposed the tail.
Speedster Megan Schutt (3-40) then claimed three wickets of her own to help restrict New Zealand to 9-219.