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New Zealand Women 232 for 7 (Watson 115*, McDonald 3-29) beat Ireland 155 (Milliken 3-39) by 77 runs
Helen Watson's whirlwind unbeaten 115 was the highlight of the day for New Zealand as they romped to a 77-run win against Ireland to complete a clean sweep in the three-match one-day series. After winning the toss and opting to bat at Dublin, New Zealand were rescued by Watson's 114-ball knock, which lifted the total to 232. Ireland could only muster 155 in response.
Watson came in to bat when New Zealand were stuttering at 55 for 3, and immediately set about repairing the innings, putting together 73 for the fourth wicket with Haidee Tiffen (32). Watson's previous-highest score for New Zealand was just 24, but here she made almost five times as many, tonking Ireland's bowlers around for 14 fours - the rest of the New Zealand team together managed only seven.
Ireland's run-chase never took off, as Louise Milliken came up with a superb new-ball spell, taking three early wickets as Ireland slumped to 59 for 4. Cecelia Joyce laboured her way to 33 off 99 balls before being run-out, but the greatest contribution to the innings came from the extras column - there were 51 of them, including 43 wides. Despite such generosity from New Zealand's bowlers, Ireland were never in the hunt, and fell well short of their target
With their first leg of the tour done, New Zealand will travel to England to play a Twenty20 match, five one-dayers and a Test. The series starts with the Twenty20 game on August 5 at Hove.