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Cricket - 11. March 2008.

New Zealand levels Rose Bowl Series

New Zealand levels Rose Bowl Series



New Zealand has levelled the Rose Bowl Series with an 82-run victory over the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in the second one-day international in Lincoln, Christchurch, this afternoon.



After winning the toss and electing to bat, the White Ferns posted an impressive 7-238 with Nicole Browne and Amy Satterthwaite leading the way with an 85-run fifth wicket partnership.



Browne and Satterthwaite both scored 48 and opener Katey Martin added 45 as New Zealand recovered from yesterday's shaky batting effort to dominate the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars attack.



Only Shelley Nitschke was able to stem the flow of runs and the left-arm spinner was the pick of the Australian attack with 1-29 off 10 overs.



A top order collapse doused hopes of a second straight Australian victory with Helen Watson and Sophie Devine combining to reduce the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars to 5-57 in the 20th over.



Jodie Purves was the stand-out with the bat for Australia with her first one-day international half century (56 from 84 balls). The other main contributors in the total of 156 were Ellyse Perry (28) and Nitschke (25).



Perry and Purves added 82 for the sixth wicket but the teenager's departure in the 40th over sparked another mini-collapse, with the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars tailenders managing another 17 runs before Lucy Doolan snatched three quick wickets and a run out to secure New Zealand's victory.



The third match of the series will be played at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln on Wednesday.

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