An unbeaten 122 from Suzie Bates has guided the White
Ferns to an eight-wicket win over Australia at the Sydney
Cricket Ground yesterday in the first one-dayer of the Rose
The home side, opting to bat first, were dismissed for 248
after 48.1 overs and Bates' third international century led
her side to victory with 5.1 overs to spare.
Runs flowed from the get-go in the White Ferns' pursuit, with
the wicket of Lucy Doolan for 10 the only blemish in an
otherwise strong start.
Amy Satterthwaite joined her skipper following Doolan's
departure and was aggressive against the Australian bowling
Both players brought up their half-centuries in quick
succession and took New Zealand to 152-1 after 28 overs.
Satterthwaite was eventually dismissed for 98, but Bates
remained at the crease and brought up a brilliant century
four overs later.
Bates then capped off the inspirational knock by seeing out
the match with Sara McGlashan (17*) to wrap up an emphatic
Bates's player-of-the-match performance was highlighted by 16
fours and a six and came from 131 balls.
Earlier, the Stars had come back from a middle-order collapse
to post a competitive total.
Meg Lanning was the anchor in the Australian innings, scoring
87 from 71 balls, but the Stars lost wickets regularly.
An eighth-wicket partnership of 80 between Jodie Fields (51)
and Rachael Hayne (34) somewhat revived the Australian
innings to ensure they posted a competitive total.
White Ferns' seamer Rachel Candy finished with figures of
4-36 from nine overs, and found help from Sian Ruck and Morna
Nielsen who picked up two wickets apiece.
New Zealand leads the four match series 1-0, with the second
match to be played tomorrow.