Cricket: White Ferns lose as Australia level series

Meg Lanning of Australia bats during game two of the women's One Day International series between the Australian Southern Stars and New Zealand at North Sydney Oval. Photo / Getty Images
Meg Lanning of Australia bats during game two of the women's One Day International series between the Australian Southern Stars and New Zealand at North Sydney Oval. Photo / Getty Images

Despite a maiden international century from Amy Satterthwaite the White Ferns lost the second game of the Rose Bowl series to Australia in Sydney today by four wickets.

After losing the toss and batting first, the White Ferns posted 288-6 from their 50 overs as Sattherthwaite crafted 109, while captain Suzie Bates added 59 and Sarah McGlashan hit a run-a-ball 51.

In pursuit of 289 for victory, Australia got off to a flying start as openers Meg Lanning (72) and Rachael Haynes (70) put on 131 for the first wicket.

Lanning needed only 53 balls for her knock that included nine fours and two sixes as she took apart the White Ferns' bowling attack.

The home side received decent contributions from most of their batting order at the North Sydney Oval and only Morna Nielsen (3-36) was able to make an impact with the ball for New Zealand.

Eventually Sarah Coyte (51*) and Erin Osborne (15*) saw the Australians home with 20 balls to spare.

The four-match series is tied 1-1. The next game is at the same venue on Monday.

- APNZ

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