New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th women's ODI, Christchurch November 13, 2015

NZ Women seal 5-0 with another thrashing

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand Women 102 for 2 (McGlashan 39) beat Sri Lanka Women 99 (Weerakkody 27, Bermingham 4-16, Bates 2-8, Peterson 2-9) by eight wickets

File photo: Erin Bermingham finished with 8.5-2-16-4 © ICC/Getty Images

New Zealand Women completed a 5-0 thrashing of Sri Lanka Women with another solid win, of eight wickets, in the fifth and last match of the series in Christchurch. The visitors were bowled out for another paltry score for the fourth time in a row as legspinner Erin Bermingham took career-best figures of 4 for 16 and the hosts chased down their target of 100 in under 18 overs.

Sri Lanka got off to another slow start after opting to bat and started losing wickets in a flurry to the pacers once Sophie Devine broke the opening stand in the sixth over. They were soon 21 for 3 in the 12th over as captain Suzie Bates struck in consecutive overs. Only a brief stand of 27 between opener Prasadani Weerakkody (27) and Oshadi Ranasinghe took them towards 50 before they lost another three wickets for seven runs. After Prasadani, only two more batsmen could reach double-figures as Bermingham wiped the tail off with her four-for to dismiss Sri Lanka for 99 in 47.5 overs. Only one New Zealand bowler - Morna Nielsen - conceded at more than two runs per over.

With the series already won, New Zealand tried another opening partnership, with Devine and Sara McGlashan, who put on 49 in under nine overs before Devine fell for a brisk 26. McGlashan was stumped for a 34-ball 39 and Katie Peerkins and Liz Perry took them home with 195 balls to spare.

"There have been some excellent individual performances every game, milestones and significant team records broken," New Zealand coach Haidee Tiffen said.

Bates was also full of praises for her team for the all-round performances through the series. "The whole Series we've had different players stand up with personal bests, from Rachel Priest to Morna Nielsen to Erin today, so it's really nice to be able to take some time now to enjoy that and celebrate those achievements. Dominating with bat and ball has been really pleasing for the start of our summer."

The two teams will now a play three T20s starting November 15.

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  • jayaesh on November 16, 2015, 14:20 GMT

    @PREM2248: I have read some for your previous posts and hence curious and intrigued to know how does SL media cover/view cricket vis a vis other sports. We here in India know very little about SL media scene so if you could shed some further light it would be indeed helpful.

  • Nimmie on November 15, 2015, 2:14 GMT

    Women's Cricket in SL is a joke without a proper School Cricket structure. We do well in men's' Cricket? cos our Junior (men's)Cricket is the World's best , the winning of all U-15 I'national t'ments held (in Malaysia) since 2000 is a clear proof for that. Due to sheer ignorance we concentrate, more on games like Netball, Basketball, Water-polo, Volleyball, and RUGBY, the games meant for persons of strong & big-made-tall physique whom, that we don't find in our country. Just because some sports federation wants, their game to be the No. 1 sport of the Country, it isn't correct, the media & some politicians try to help their cause. For the last 25 years local media promote only those games & people where they gain something, even though Cricket is the only game that we have reached the highest levels, mainly due to the intelligence of sportsmen-politicians the likes of Hon JR Jayawardane & Dr NM Perera, unlike Present day politicians & media personnel [with zero sporting back ground]

  • Jacob Vermeer on November 13, 2015, 8:38 GMT

    might want to give some tips on bowling to your male counterparts

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