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South Africa beat White Ferns in Kimberley

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/10/2016
Suzie Bates. File Photo. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Image Suzie Bates. File Photo.

South Africa have drawn level with New Zealand in their women's one-day international series following a historic four-wicket win in the second match.

After winning the first game in Kimberley by 12 runs, the White Ferns couldn't repeat their strangling performance with the ball at the same Diamond Oval venue.

South Africa lodged their first win over New Zealand in eight ODIs, reaching 226-6 in response to the tourists' 222-8.

While New Zealand's innings was built around 66 from captain and opener Suzie Bates, South African Mignon du Preez trumped it with 80 as her team reached their target with five balls to spare.

Left-arm spinner Morna Nielsen was the standout New Zealand bowler, taking 5-39, the second five-wicket bag of her career.

New Zealand's cause wasn't helped by the absence of legspinner Erin Bermingham, who has picked up an illness.

Bates became the second New Zealander after Debbie Hockley to go past 3000 ODI career runs as she put on 68 for the opening wicket with Rachel Priest (31) and 72 for the second with Amy Satterthwaite (47).

From 140-1, New Zealand were let down by another middle order collapse and failed to score freely over the closing stages.

The third match in Kimberley on Thursday will be the last of the seven-match series to offer ICC Women's Championship points.

If the fifth-ranked South Africa win, they will replace the White Ferns in fourth place on the standings.

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