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Wisden Cricinfo staff
July 23, 2004
New Zealand Women 278 for 3 (Fahey 66, Lewis 63*, Rolls 50) beat Ireland Women 78 (Milliken 3-14) by 200 runs
New Zealand women, also called the White Ferns, kicked off their tour of Ireland and England with a comfortable 200-run win over Ireland at Trinity College in Dublin. The New Zealanders are scheduled to play three warm-up matches against Ireland before taking on England.
The New Zealand openers, Rebecca Rolls and Maria Fahey, justified their captain's decision to bat first by adding 96 and helped themselves to half-centuries. Rolls fell for 50, bowled by the offspinner Mirian Grearley, while Fahey completed her fourth half-century in ten innings before being dismissed for 66. Fahey added 69 for the second wicket with Haidee Tiffen.
Maia Lewis, the captain, and Sarah McGlashan finished with a flourish as they added 112, just four short of the New Zealand record. Lewis, who had prepared for the tour by getting some batting instruction from Roger Twose, scored 63 off 56 balls, which included a six. McGlashan finished on a breezy 31, and New Zealand ended with a mammoth 278.
Ireland were never in with a chance and folded for just 78 in 36.1 overs. Louise Milliken, the medium-pacer, took 3 for 14 and achieved her best figures in one-dayers. Rebecca Steele, the left-arm spinner, finished with 2 for 6.
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