Women’s World Cup: Sophie Devine shines as New Zealand defeat Australia in warm-up
Women’s World Cup: New Zealand’s top-order shocked Australia at Lincoln Green, with Sophie Devine leading the charge in a warm-up match ahead of Tuesday’s 50-over World Cup.
Devine delivered a chilling message to the rest of the field by scoring an undefeated 161 off just 117 balls and chasing down the enormous total in just 44 overs. Despite the fact that Australia captain Meg Lanning put nine of her batswomen to the test with the ball, no bowler was able to stop the flow of runs.
Suzie Bates (63), who had previously set up the chase for the White Ferns with her captain, was removed by Alana King (1/48) for the Aussies.
A 9 wicket win against @AusWomenCricket to bring our @cricketworldcup warm-up fixtures to a close in Christchurch! @sophdevine77 (161*), Melie Kerr (92*) and @SuzieWBates (63) star in the chase of 321🏏
— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) March 1, 2022
As the tournament hosts bludgeoned 48 boundaries, Devine joined by Amelia Kerr (92* from 75 balls).
Hannah Rowe’s 4/49 (10) earlier in the day was an aberration on a batting-heavy day, sabotaging Australia’s middle-order push in the death overs. Rowe dismissed Tahlia McGrath for a duck and put an end to Ash Gardner’s charge. Despite the fact that she had made 60 off 32 balls.
Australia scored 321 runs after falling three balls short of their allotted overs. As New Zealand cruised to victory, six of Australia’s bowlers went for over a run per delivery.
Australia 321 all out (Meg Lanning 87, Ashleigh Gardner 60; Hannah Rowe 4-49).
New Zealand 325/1 (Sophie Devine 161*, Amelia Kerr 92*; Alana King 1-48).