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New Zealand Pound Australia For Nine-Wicket Win

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New Zealand Pound Australia For Nine-Wicket Win

Wellington, June 13 NZPA - Captain Aimee Watkins lashed 73 runs off 56 balls as New Zealand hammered Australia by nine wickets in their opening match of the women's Twenty20 cricket World Cup tournament at Taunton in England this morning (NZtime).

Accurate bowling and solid fielding from the White Ferns restricted Australia to 123 for eight from their 20 overs.

Lisa Sthalekar was the only Australian batsman to fire hitting seven fours on her way to 46.

New Zealand's Sian Ruck ripped through the top order taking three for 12 off four overs in a player of the match performance.

Fellow opening bowler Sophie Devine provided good support with two for 25.

The White Ferns made a shaky start to their run chase with Lucy Doolan being run-out for three.

But an unbeaten 118-run partnership between Suzie Bates and Watkins carried the White Ferns to victory with over three overs to spare.

Bates hit 41 off 42 including five boundaries while Watkins pounded 12 fours and a six on her way to a match-high score.

" You got good value for your shots and Suzie and I enjoyed our partnership.

"I loved batting with freedom which is something we are all keen to do, so today was my day" Watkins said.

New Zealand had lost a three-match Twenty20 series 1-2 to Australia last week before heading to England for the World Cup, but Watkins said they had put a complete effort together today.

"The opening spells from Sophie Devine and Sian Ruck were excellent.

"They both denied runs and Ruck knocked the top off the Australians.

"We then batted positively and we were always ahead of the required run rate.

"We always felt the wicket was worth about 150 runs so even though Australia recovered well after a poor start we felt that if we batted sensibly we could reach the target."

The White Ferns play the West Indies tomorrow morning and needed another good win to keep building momentum, Watkins said.

"There are no easy matches in T20 cricket so we will need to forget about today's win and start again by keeping clear heads and executing our plans."


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