result
3rd Match, Group A, Sydney, Mar 7 2009, ICC Women's World Cup
(33/33 ov, target 146)132/6
NZ Women won by 13 runs (D/L method)
player of the match
Kate Pulford
New Zealand Women
12y
• Peter English

New Zealand show strength in opening success

Haidee Tiffen set the pace of New Zealand's 205 with a watchful half-century in the battle of the big guns

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand Women205/10(48 overs)
Australia Women132/6(33 overs)
end of over 336 runs
AUS-W: 132/6CRR: 4.00 RRR: 4.35 • Need 74 from 17 overs
Jodie Fields26 (53)
Ellyse Perry17 (27)
Suzie Bates3-0-17-0

And the covers are coming back out as the rain begins to fall again. Disappointing for the Aussies as they are well behind the par score for the Duckworth/Lewis method

4.50pm Still raining in North Sydney. The radar suggests there'll be a bit of rain about all afternoon, but whether it will be enough to finish the game, it remains to be seen.

We'll keep you updated when we hear any more news on a resumption time.

As it stands Australia is behind the par score, so if the match doesn't resume, the Kiwis will be the victors

5.30pm The game has officially been abandoned due to rain with New Zealand being handed the victory via the D/L method, with the Aussies 13 runs behind the par score.

It was an interesting day's cricket, with the Australians no doubt disappointed by the result, especially given the partnership Fields and Perry were building.

Thanks for your company today, good evening from North Sydney.

32.6
1
Bates to Fields, 1 run

full and driven through cover

32.5
1
Bates to Perry, 1 run

gets forward and guides to third man off the front foot

32.4
Bates to Perry, no run

full and defended on the front foot, looks solid in defence

32.3
2
Bates to Perry, 2 runs

driven through the covers, well run

32.2
1
Bates to Fields, 1 run

great yorker, just dug out by Fields

32.1
1
Bates to Perry, 1 run

flicked to fine leg

end of over 322 runs
AUS-W: 126/6CRR: 3.93 RRR: 4.44 • Need 80 from 18 overs
Jodie Fields24 (51)
Ellyse Perry13 (23)
Kate Pulford7-0-32-3
31.6
Pulford to Fields, no run

good area outside off, defended from the crease

31.5
1
Pulford to Perry, 1 run

full on off and driven straight back past the bowler, who dives to her right to attempt the save

31.4
Pulford to Perry, no run

full on off, driven to mid off

31.3
1
Pulford to Fields, 1 run

full on leg, flicked down to fine leg

31.2
Pulford to Fields, no run

strays onto the pads, balloons up on to the on side

31.1
Pulford to Fields, no run

good full ball first up

end of over 314 runs
AUS-W: 124/6CRR: 4.00 RRR: 4.32 • Need 82 from 19 overs
Ellyse Perry12 (21)
Jodie Fields23 (47)
Suzie Bates2-0-11-0

All 50 overs will still be played despite the break for rain

30.6
Bates to Perry, no run

defended outside off

The bowler's really struggling to grip this wet ball. The rain is getting heavier and the covers are coming out.

Hopefully it'll just be a short delay, but we'll keep you up to date on the latest happenings as the crowd dashes for cover.

The covers are off and we're set for a restart here

30.5
1
Bates to Fields, 1 run

another low full toss, driven to cover

30.4
Bates to Fields, no run

low full toss, driven to mid on

This is all the Aussies need, singles. Perhaps the Kiwis need to have a more attacking field

30.3
1
Bates to Perry, 1 run

wide outside off, driven through the covers

30.2
1
Bates to Fields, 1 run

full and driven through cover point

The RR required is fine, it's simply a matter of wickets in hand that will determine this match

30.1
1
Bates to Perry, 1 run

width outside off, guided to third man

end of over 304 runs
AUS-W: 120/6CRR: 4.00 RRR: 4.30 • Need 86 from 20 overs
Ellyse Perry10 (18)
Jodie Fields21 (44)
Aimee Watkins6-1-21-1
29.6
1
Watkins to Perry, 1 run

flicked through mid wicket

29.5
1
Watkins to Fields, 1 run

strays onto the legs, flicked to fine leg

Match details
North Sydney Oval, Sydney
TossAustralia Women, elected to field first
SeriesICC Women's World Cup
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
Kate Pulford
Kate Pulford
Match numberODI no. 685
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.10, Interval 13.10-13.55, Second Session 13.55-17.05
Match days8 March 2009 - day(50-over match)
Umpires
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Sarika Prasad
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Shahul Hameed
TV Umpire
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Peter Tate
Reserve Umpire
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Graeme Redman
Match Referee
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David Jukes
PointsNew Zealand Women 2, Australia Women 0