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White Ferns succumb to Australia

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 17/02/2017

Australia's beaten the New Zealand women's cricket team by 40 in the opening Twenty20 match in Melbourne.

A 110-run stand for the third wicket put Australia in command as they reached 151-4 in their 20 overs.

The White Ferns were never in the hunt and could only manage 111-8 in their 20 overs.

Amy Satterthwaite top scored for New Zealand with 40 from 38 balls, while Suzie Bates made 26.

Nwe Zealand are without Sophie Devine is missing because of a dislocated thumb.

Friday was the first of three T20s between the Stars and White Ferns, played as curtain raisers before the men's Australia-Sri Lanka series.

Australia head to New Zealand in late February for three one dayers.

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