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Australia limit NZ to 205 after Tiffen half-century


haideeThe captain Haidee Tiffen set the pace of New Zealand’s 205 with a watchful half-century in the battle of the big guns, but Australia fought back late during a stunning finish to the innings. Tiffen, who exited after a highly valuable partnership of 62 with Sara McGlashan, started a collapse of 7 for 34 as the home side was left with a more manageable target in the Group B opener.

During the first 40 overs New Zealand were feeling confident, but the mood changed when Tiffen, who was rarely in a hurry as she moved to 57 off 113, charged Erin Osborne and found Jess Cameron at deep midwicket. They quickly tumbled from 3 for 171 to all out after 48 overs.

Aimee Mason (0) followed Tiffen and Nicola Browne (3) missed a sweep and was bowled by Osborne. Further momentum was lost when McGlashan edged behind on 29 and Emma Sampson caught Sarah Tsukigawa off her own bowling.

The situation could have been even better for the Australians after they missed a series of tough chances, including one by Cameron off the first ball of the game. Another difficult drop left Ellyse Perry with a dislocated right little finger, but she returned to bowl in the final overs. She picked up McGlashan, Rachel Priest and Sophie Devine (13 off seven balls) in her haul of 3 for 40 from six overs.

Early in the game the fielding was excellent and Lisa Sthalekar’s direct hit resulted in Kate Pulford’s departure for 3 in the fourth over. Suzie Bates entered in a bright mood and cut a couple of fours and swiped powerfully to midwicket from a free hit after a no-ball. She collected six boundaries in her 29 off 24 before Rene Farrell finally got one of her sharp inswingers to hit the stumps.

New Zealand were 2 for 42 and were taken forward by Tiffen and Amy Satterthwaite, who put on 67 to give the team a boost. Satterthwaite was stepping up the pace when she attempted to swat Sthalekar over midwicket on 38, and the skyer was taken at mid-off. Some light showers made things tougher for both sides, but Australia’s spinners battled through and Sthalekar returned 2 for 35 while Osborne earned 2 for 37.

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