Australia v New Zealand, Women's World T20, Sylhet March 23, 2014

All-round Browne stars in narrow NZ Women win

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New Zealand Women 128 for 8 (Perkins 31, Browne 29, Jonassen 2-22, Coyte 2-8) beat Australia Women 121 (Healy 41, Blackwell 31, Huddleston 2-23) by 7 runs

Australia Women suffered a spate of run-outs as New Zealand Women held their nerve to wrap up a seven-run win in Sylhet. Chasing 129, Australia needed 51 from 41 balls, with six wickets in hand, when Ellyse Perry was run out for 14. Australia lost Jess Jonassen in the next over, before Alex Blackwell, who had kept them in the hunt with an innings of 31, was run out with 24 required from 17 balls. The chase disintegrated after that, with three more wickets falling in the last two overs, including one more run-out.

New Zealand had dented Australia's chase early on, with Holly Huddleston striking twice in her first two overs to leave them 14 for 3. Blackwell then joined Alyssa Healy in a 45-run fourth-wicket stand, before Healy was lbw to medium-pacer Suzie Bates for a run-a-ball 41. Blackwell and Perry then added 20, before run-outs derailed Australia's hopes.

Sent in to bat, New Zealand lost two early wickets before Frances Mackay and Katie Perkins added 46 for the third wicket to push them along to 73 for 3 in the 13th over. From there, New Zealand lost wickets regularly, but Nicola Browne struck a 19-ball 29, with three fours and a six, to keep their momentum going and take their total to 128. Browne, who also took 1 for 11 in two overs of medium-pace, was adjudged player of the match.

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  • Android on March 24, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    good one Nicola, at school she would bowl against the boys team. and boys would try not to get out to her, but she was too good, she is doing Fraser high, Hamilton and new Zealand proud.

  • stewey on March 23, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    Great fielding by NZ, and a great result. If the NZ men can do the same if/when they met Aus,...

  • kenn on March 23, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    Can anyone explain how the Australian coach (Fitzpatrick) can justify leaving the best in form and most experienced batter going round in Australia (Leah Poulton) at home, while still persisting with Villani who has not achieved anything since her Ashes debut in January. A failed Victorian coach, a failed Victorian chair of selectors and an out of form top 3 line up, from guess where - Victoria, and a team manager from Victoria. Oh that's right Poulton is from NSW and has a mind of her own, something Fitzpatrick doesn't like. Wake up Fitzy, swallow your pride and pick the best players not just the ones you want to control.

  • Reg on March 23, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    A loss of composure by both Australian teams today. Not at all what i would have expected. On the other hand, something i was to be expected: once again it was every bit as satisfying when the women's team beat the Australians as when the men do. Great work team!

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