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Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars defeated in Rose Bowl Series opener
A 74-run partnership between Amy Satterthwaite and Lucy Doolan guided New Zealand to a two-wicket win against the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in the opening Rose Bowl Series match in Whangarei this afternoon.
Chasing Australia's modest 8-150, New Zealand recovered from a disastrous start to claim victory in the 46th over. Satterthwaite and Doolan's eighth-wicket stand was pivotal with the pair united in the 24th over with New Zealand in deep trouble at 7-74.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars' new-ball attack of Emma Sampson (2-26) and Rene Farrell (3-26) tore through the New Zealand top order in the opening 10 overs but Satterthwaite (49 not out) and Doolan (34) produced a determined partnership which changed the momentum of the match.
Sampson and Farrell snared the first five New Zealand wickets as the White Ferns finished the opening 10 overs at 5-28.
However the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars were unable to maintain their hold on the match with first Sara Tsukigawa and then Doolan providing solid support for the dominant Satterthwaite.
Apart from Sampson and Farrell, the other Australian bowler to impress was debutante Erin Osborne, who took 1-19 off a miserly 10 overs.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars' innings was led by Jodie Fields (52), with Ellyse Perry (29) and another debutante, Jessica Cameron (16), the other main contributors.
Fields and Perry's 61-run partnership gave the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars innings an important boost after the top order was kept under control by the New Zealand attack.
The New Zealand bowling was evenly spread but Abby Burrows claimed the vital early wickets of opener Nitschke and captain Karen Rolton to claim in the honours in her 2-15 from seven overs.
The second game in the five-match Rose Bowl Series will be played in Whangarei on Tuesday. The Rose Bowl Series matches are the last one-day internationals for both teams before the ICC Women's World Cup in Australia from 7-22 March.
Rose Bowl Series
Tue 3 Feb: Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand, Whangarei
Fri 6 Feb: Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand, Hamilton
Sun 8 Feb: Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand, Hamilton (d/n)
Thu 12 Feb: Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand, Wellington