New Zealand women 276 for 5 (Satterthwaite 102*, Wellington 2-51) beat Australia women 275 (Mooney 100, Tahuhu 4-59, Huddleston 3-46) by five wickets
Amy Satterthwaite's unbeaten knock of 102 helped New Zealand women achieve their target of 276 with five balls to spare against Australia women in Auckland to go 1-0 up in the three-ODI series. Tight bowling from Lea Tahuhu, Holly Huddleston and Suzie Bates bowled Australia out in 48.4 overs after a flying start from opener Beth Mooney (100), and fifties from Rachael Haynes and Elyse Villani, had led them to 237 for 3. Satterthwaite, whose past three ODI scores were 137*, 115* and 123, compiled a record fourth consecutive ODI ton and sixth century overall.
Satterthwaite came to the middle after the dismissal of opener Rachel Priest, who had added a solid partnership of 58 with Bates. Satterthwaite and Bates then added 41 runs for the second wicket before Bates fell for 55 in the 21st over, after completing her 22nd ODI half-century. The left-handed Satterthwaite then partnered Katey Martin (43) and Katie Perkins (29) in stands of 74 for the third wicket and 77 for the fifth wicket respectively to take New Zealand past the finishing line off the first ball of the final over. Satterthwaite, who reached her hundred with a four in the 49th over, was declared Player of the Match.
Late wickets from New Zealand's bowlers meant the last six Australia batsmen tallied only 28 runs among them. Mooney struck her maiden ODI century, while identical scores of 50 from Haynes and Villani - the latter's first ODI half-century - gave Australia a platform to aim for a large total. But it wasn't to be as Tahuhu finished with figures of 4 for 59, while Huddleston took three wickets.
Satterthwaite said she was pleased beating a "classy" Australian side but remained wary of the opposition, to whom they lost the series last year after taking a similar one-nil lead.
"Australia are a classy unit and they don't roll over easily," Satterthwaite said. "We were in this position [1-0 up] last year and Australia came back and ended up winning the series so we have a lot of hard work to do. We need to step up a notch because Australia will be coming back hard."
The win was New Zealand's third straight limited-overs victory over Australia, after they clinched the three-match T20I series 2-1 in Australia last week.