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White Ferns beaten by Australia in warm-up

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/06/2017

New Zealand coach Haidee Tiffen is satisfied despite a 46-run loss to Australia in their first warm-up match ahead of the women's cricket World Cup.

The White Ferns were dismissed for 241 in the 48th over after Australia posted an imposing 287 in Southampton.

Ellyse Perry scored 104 off 99 balls to set up Australia's win, with Sophie Devine (3-44) and Anna Peterson (3-22) the pick of New Zealand's bowlers.

The White Ferns made a disastrous start when captain Suzie Bates was trapped LBW off the first ball.

At 126-7 they were heading for a sizeable defeat before meritorious knocks from tailenders Peterson (42) and Thamsyn Newton (41).

Tiffen said there were some positive signs in the first hit-out on English soil, 10 days out from the World Cup-opening match against Sri Lanka.

A highlight was the return from injury of key allrounder Devine, who hadn't played for the All Whites in 15 months.

"She did bowl very very well. She's getting the ball back swinging and being the good attacking bowler that she is," Tiffen said.

New Zealand's remaining warm-up games are both in Derby, against India on Monday and England on Wednesday.

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