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February 18, 2010
Australia 8 for 240 (Haynes 75*, Burrows 3-27) beat New Zealand 137 (Nitschke 4-24, Perry 3-33) by 102 runs
Rachael Haynes and Shelley Nitschke helped Australia continue their winning run in the Rose Bowl series as they set up a 102-run victory in the fifth ODI. Haynes made an unbeaten 75 as Australia posted 8 for 240 before Nitschke grabbed 4 for 24 and Ellyse Perry took 3 for 33 to skittle New Zealand for 137.
The match was reduced to 45 overs a side following an unusual delay shortly after Australia's innings began. The umpires called a temporary halt to the game due to concerns about the pitch after some balls reared violently off the surface, but play resumed and Haynes had no trouble with the conditions.
She and Nitschke (43) put on 50 for the third wicket and useful lower-order contributions from Jess Cameron with 33 and Perry (30) kept the pressure on the visitors, whose best bowler was Abby Burrows with 3 for 27. In reply, New Zealand's batting failed to show much improvement at the end of a disappointing 50-over campaign.
Nicola Browne's 37 was the major innings but she had too little support as Perry and Nitschke caused problems. The teams now head to Hobart for three Twenty20 internationals.
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