The New Zealand Over 50's cricket team and their Property Brokers United offspinner Martin Pennefather were able to square their 50-over series with Australia after a four wicket win at Conway Oval in Brightwater on Thursday.

Cyclone Gita saw the cancellation of the second match of the series on Tuesday, after Australia's 13 run win in the opening match on Monday.

In Brightwater, New Zealand bowled the Australians out for 116, with Andrew Nuttall following up his four wicket bag in the first game with figures of 3-14.

Former Black Cap Richard Petrie took 3-16, while Pennefather was conservative with his deliveries, conceeding only 13 runs from five overs.


In reply, New Zealand was 85-5 after 26 overs, remembering how they fell short trying to reach 151 on Monday.

But this time, the batting held firm with the last 32 runs secured for the loss of only one more wicket.

Batsman Andrew Spence, of the Central ITM Marton Saracens 2nd XI, did not play in the third game.

The Stirling Hamman Cup was shared between the sides with one win each, and will be on the line again when they meet at the Over 50's World Cup in November and December.

Nuttall was named Man of the Series for taking seven wickets in two matches.

New Zealand's 16-man World Cup squad will be named in a couple of months.