Australia women make clean sweep of ODI series against NZ

Source : IANS 2021-04-10 20:57:39

Australia women's cricket team opener Alyssa Healy slammed a 39-ball 46 while Meghan Schutt took two crucial wickets as the visitors made a clean sweep of the three-match ODI series, defeating New Zealand women by 21 runs in a rail-curtailed D/N match in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Healy, a veteran of 78 ODIs and 118 T20 matches, smashed six boundaries during her 50-minute stay at the crease after New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl in a match reduced to 25-over-a-side due to soggy conditions. Thanks to Healy, who was declared 'Player of the Match', and Beth Mooney (28), the visitors put up 149/7 on the board with New Zealand's Leigh Kasperek taking 3/24.

The home team's reply faltered with opener Katey Martin out for 5, and New Zealand could not quite up the tempo, losing wickets at regular intervals, finally managing 128/9 with Schutt taking the important wickets of Martin and Lauren Down.