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Satterthwaite ODI run halted in NZ's 253

NZN 2/03/2017

A slow-burning Amy Satterthwaite has fallen just short of a fifth consecutive ODI ton but nevertheless guided the White Ferns to a competitive total in their Rose Bowl tussle with Australia.

The prolific 29-year-old, attempting to go where no ODI player has ever gone by notching five straight centuries, fell for 85 in the 47th over as the side scored a respectable 253-8.

The Kiwi talisman started her knock off extremely slowly in Mount Maunganui and kept a below-run-rate pace for the whole innings before looking to belt the side home.

But the plan backfired as she reached the final stretch, skying a Rene Farrell delivery straight to Elyse Villani at deep extra cover.

Second-drop Katey Martin also helped set the tone with a quick-fire 43, while Katie Perkins hit a productive 38 before her late dismissal.

The Southern Stars will now require a little over five runs an over for victory in the match and a lifeline in the three-match series.

But the run chase will be made even more difficult by an elbow injury to star all-rounder Ellyse Perry, which limited her to just four overs with the ball.

It is unclear if she is still able to bat.

Sent in to bat by the Australians, the White Ferns got off to a rocky start when opener Rachel Priest was clean-bowled by Perry for just five.

But skipper Suzie Bates ploughed on alongside Satterthwaite until her exit for 35, inching the side towards a conservative run rate of 3.2 by the 10-over mark.

Preferring the third man and fine leg boundaries, Satterthwaite assumed the lead role in Bates' absence and took the side towards 100 within 25 overs.

And the Cantabrian had Australian talisman Meg Lanning to thank after she dropped a relatively simple catch at first-slip with Satterthwaite on 27.

A steady half-century ensued off 85 deliveries, including just one four, before partner Martin fell to Amanda-Jade Wellington on 43 and Liz Perry followed suit for a duck.

Perkins emerged and steadied the ship with Satterthwaite, before the pair both attempted to bash out the innings and were caught.

If New Zealand win the match, it will be their first Rose Bowl victory since 1999.

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