June 29, 2002

Clean sweep for White Ferns over Netherlands

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New Zealand's women completed a clean sweep of three victories over the Netherlands when taking a 210-run win in their 45-over match in Utrecht today.

The TelstraClear White Ferns batted first again and took the chance once more to change the batting order so that all players have ended the series with an opportunity to enjoy the chance to shake the New Zealand winter out of their systems before they get into the more demanding tri-series against India and England in the next few weeks.

While Kathryn Ramel was trapped leg before wicket for a duck in the first over she faced, Nicola Payne and Haidee Tiffen added 138 runs for the second wicket. Tiffen scored 87 off 89 balls, her highest score for New Zealand, bettering her 69 scored against Australia last year.

Payne scored 45 off 72 balls. While she had scored at least that many runs five times in her decade-long career for the Netherlands, it was her highest score for New Zealand, beating the 37 made in the first match of this series.

Sara McGlashan was not out 41 off 48 balls faced. Frances King and Aimee Mason scored 31 and 26 respectively before each being run out. Rachel Pullar was unbeaten on two when the innings ended with New Zealand having scored 263/5.

Emily Drumm, Nicola Browne, Kate Pulford and Louise Milliken did not bat.

New Zealand's bowlers were untroubled in wrapping up the victory. Pulford achieved outstanding figures of four for five off 3.1 overs.

They were her career best figures for New Zealand, as she had only taken two wickets previously for the side. King capped off a great day with three for nine off seven overs, adding best bowling figures to her best batting performance earlier on. The other wicket takers were Mason with two for 15 from 10 overs and Browne who took one for two off her solitary over.