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NZ women win rain-interrupted T20

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/02/2017 Roger Vaughan
Anna Peterson © Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images Anna Peterson

Anna Peterson's hat-trick has 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 eight 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.

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

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