Australia v New Zealand, Women's World Cup 2013, Cuttack February 5, 2013

Lanning, Cameron give Australia easy win

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Australia 228 for 3 (Lanning 112, Cameron 82) beat New Zealand 227 for 6 (Bates 102, Perkins 41, Schutt 3-40) by seven wickets

Attacking knocks from opener Meg Lanning and Jess Cameron helped Australia to a seven-wicket win against New Zealand in Cuttack. The victory means Australia will take four points to the Super Sixes. Chasing 228, the pair added 182 runs for the second wicket, and when they were finally separated, the contest was virtually over.

New Zealand's innings revolved around captain Suzie Bates' knock of 102. New Zealand were tottering at 39 for 4 after 13 overs as seamer Megan Schutt ripped through the top order. Bates led the recovery, adding 103 with Katie Perkings, who scored 42, and Nicola Browne scored a quick 39 towards the end of the innings to push the total to 227.

Australia lost an early wicket in their chase, with Rachel Haynes dismissed in the fifth over but the huge stand between Lanning and Cameron, at more than a run-a-ball, took the game away from New Zealand.

New Zealand had already qualified for the Super Sixes before this game, and will start the next stage with two points.

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  • Roo on February 6, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Great batting by Meg Lanning - good to see her back in form after a slow start to the WWC - did complain in another thread about her not being given time out in the middle in the warm up matches...

    Anyone tell me why Julie Hunter only bowled 6 overs? (6-2-17-1 econ @2.83)...

  • Roo on February 6, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    @Flighted_kiwi... Cricket is a team game, but looking at those 3 NZ averages - Devines played only 2 matches with nearly all her runs coming from 1 innings; Perkins 2 matches only 66 runs total... Though Suzie Bates could easily be the best batsman of the WWC - terrific form & all power to her...

  • Darren on February 5, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    Aussie women's team is looking good into the future. Schutt, Lanning, Perry... all about 20.

    And why is the coverage only occasional updates? We get continuous updates for some pointless men's T20, but not for the pinnacle of the women's game. It is a bit disappointing.

  • Mark on February 5, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    This is a disappointing result from NZ considering so far they have 3 of the top 5 batting averages (plus Browne has scored 79 unbeaten runs in 2 innings) & 2 bowlers in the top 10 bowling averages. Their general form has been good but there are four areas that could be addressed. 1. The starts. Unfortunately, like their male counterparts, they've lost early wickets at the top of the order every game and its meant there has had to be a period of consolidation rather than take advantage of the initial powerplay. 2. Kicking on. Given their recovery yesterday and with wickets in hand they appeared to come up at least 20-30 runs short. 3. Better balance in the side with more genuine bowlers rather than bits and pieces players. Neilsen and Broadmore have bowled well in recent games but both were absent. 4. Bates captaincy. At times it seems that she keeps bowlers on too long until they get hit around while good bowlers appear under-utilised. Hopefully it all clicks into place from here.

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