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Cricket - 15. March 2008.

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars set up Rose Bowl Series decider

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars fast bowler Emma Sampson was the player of the match, with her career-best 5-30 helping Australia bowl out New Zealand for 205 in the final over chasing Australia's 6-211.

Alex Blackwell (62) and Lisa Sthalekar (69) were the standout performers of a much-improved top order batting effort for Australia. The pair added 123 for the second wicket to allow batters down the order to play freely as the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars posted their highest total of the series.

New Zealand bowled well in the opening overs but Blackwell and Shtalekar limited the effect of Helen Watson (1-17) and Sophie Devine (2-35) before increasing their scoring rate as the innings progressed.

Despite two Sampson wickets in the first five overs, New Zealand's run chase looked in good hands with captain Haidee Tiffen and Sara McGlashan steering the score to 107 before Ellyse Perry broke the partnership.

McGlashan's departure for 39 gave Australia's bowlers an opening and Sampson and Sthalekar shared the next four wickets as New Zealand tumbled to 7-141.

Wicket-keeper Rachel Priest mounted a counter attack however her run out for 25 in the 48th over was the home team's final chance of victory.

Delissa Kimmence made her debut for Australia in the match and the 18-year-old blowed seven overs for 28.

With the series locked at 2-2, the final match will be played tomorrow at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.

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Rose Bowl Series - Series tied 2-2

Sat 8 March: Australia won by 63 runs

Sun 9 March: New Zealand won by 82 runs

Wed 12 March: New Zealand won by five wickets

Sat 15 March: Australia won by 6 runs

Sun 16 March: Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand, 10.30am
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