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NZ win rain-interrupted Geelong T20

NZN 19/02/2017 Roger Vaughan

Anna Peterson's hat-trick trumped Molly Strano's record Australian bowling figures as New Zealand levelled their T20 series with a rain-affected win in Geelong.

Peterson bowled her only over at the end of the Australian innings, with the home side needing 11 to win.

The Kiwi spinner took wickets with her first three deliveries, all caught, as the batters went for big hits.

There was also a run-out on the last ball of the game as Australia finished on 9-61 and lost by nine runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system.

New Zealand had made 9-101 from 20 overs and Australia were already in trouble at 3-35 from eight overs when rain stopped play for half an hour.

They needed 35 off five overs when play resumed and never came close.

Asked for her reaction when captain Suzie Bates threw the ball to her for the last over, Peterson said: "I probably can't say it on camera.

"It (the hat-trick) was a little unexpected, but it was great fun.

"I just had to bowl the ball and the fielders caught it - I only did half the job."

It was only the sixth hat-trick in women's T20 internationals and the first by a New Zealander.

In just her second game for the national team, Strano also made history with the best figures by an Australian in men's or women's T20 internationals.

Her 5-10 beat the 5-27 from James Faulkner in March last year against Pakistan.

Also, had Megan Schutt held a difficult chance in the deep off the last ball of the NZ innings, Strano would have taken the best women's T20 international figures of 6-8.

But the result ruined Strano's personal achievement.

After Australia easily won the first game on Friday, the series will be decided on Wednesday in Adelaide.

"It's really disappoiinting not to get the win - I'm a really competitive person, I hate losing," Strano said.

"It's a bit bittersweet - I was sort of happy at halftime and now I'm absolutely, really flat.

"It was nice to get a few wickets, but I'm really disappointed not to get the win.

"You play cricket to win."

Despite a first-rate national debut in this series, Strano feels World Cup selection later this year remains a long shot.

"I still feel quite far away from cementing myself in this squad," she said.

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