Australia v New Zealand, 4th Women's T20, Sydney February 1, 2012

Broadmore, Bates give New Zealand first win

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand Women 4 for 95 (Bates 40*) beat Australia Women 7 for 92 (Fields 37*, Broadmore 3-9) by six wickets

After three straight defeats, New Zealand Women finally claimed their first win, coasting home by six wickets in a low-scoring curtain-raiser to the men's Twenty20 international (between Australia and India) in Sydney's Stadium Australia.

In front of a sparse crowd, expected to fill up for the bigger draw in the evening, Australia Women were restricted to 7 for 92 in a match reduced to 18 overs due to rain before the start of play. Kate Broadmore, the right-arm seamer, took 3 for 9 in four tight overs to restrict the Australians. The hosts were limping at 5 for 30 before Jodie Fields and Lisa Sthalekar added 43 for the sixth wicket. Fields remained unbeaten on 37, hitting two fours and a six. She tried to get innovative towards the end of the innings, fetching her only six by moving across to wide of the off stump and scooping Amy Satterthwaite over the fine leg boundary. Sthalekar made 23.

Suzie Bates led New Zealand's chase with an unbeaten 40. The teams will play the fifth and final game in Melbourne in two days.

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  • Roo on February 2, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Good to see the White Ferns get a win but the Sthn Stars played like they had had a big night out on the town as it was the worst fielding I have seen this summer... Dropping 3 catches, missing out on at least 5 runouts, leaking runs through poor fielding & over-throws... Try throwing the ball to the person with the gloves on :P ... Then in the batting line-up they decided to move around the players order (still sobering up?) & lost the game in the 1st 10 overs - sacrilege!... To be a top team you have to win even the dead rubber matches instead of all the laughing & giggling that was going on in this match... If you want crowds to turn up early, then perform at a 1st class level...

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