Kiwis women humilate South Africa

Published: Thursday, March 12, 2009, 15:09 [IST]
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New Zealand demolish S Africa

Oval: The New Zealand women's cricket team has humiliated South Africa, posting a 199 run win in their pool game at the world cup in Australia.

Batting first the New Zealand made 250 for five, with Sara McGlashan unbeaten on 88 and Nicola Browne not out 51 combining for 139 for the sixth wicket partnership.

Defending 250 for five, spinner Aimee Mason and medium-pacer Suzie Bates demolished the South African innings with four wickets apiece.

It saw New Zealand progress from group A unbeaten, and with the maximum six competition points to carry through to the Super Six stage.

"I'm very happy, they got themselves into a strong position with the bat then bowled and fielded superbly," coach Gary Stead said.

South African were 44 for two in the 14th over, then lost their final eight wickets for seven runs in 44 balls as Mason and Bates proved almost unplayable.

Both topped their best one-day international bowling figures; Mason bettering her four for 23 against India and Bates her three for 20 against England.

Five of the last seven South African batters were dismissed without scoring.

Earlier, a blazing unbeaten 88 off 76 balls from Sara McGlashan and solid support acts from Amy Satterthwaite, 73, and Nicola Browne, 51 not out, lifted New Zealand to their highest total of the tournament.

New Zealand made a shaky start after being sent in to bat, losing Kate Pulford and Bates with just four runs on the board.

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