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Southern Stars win 2nd ODI; qualify for WC

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016

Alex Blackwell and Nicole Bolton have blasted half-centuries to give the Southern Stars a 78-run victory in the second one-day international against Sri Lanka and book a spot in next year's World Cup.

The comfortable win in Dambulla gives Australia a 2-0 lead in the best-of-four series, and lands them two ICC Women's Championship points - which locked in a berth at next year's 50-over tournament in England.

Australia posted an impressive total of 254, with Blackwell's unbeaten 56 the icing on the cake after openers Bolton (64) and Ellyse Villani (45) laid a strong platform with aggressive batting.

Blackwell's half century - her 22nd in ODIs - also took the veteran past 3000 career runs, where she joins Belinda Clarke and Karen Rolton as the only Australians to reach the mark.

Sri Lanka's chase was shredded by young quick Holly Ferling (2-38) who knocked over the top order before the hosts regrouped to post 9-176 from their 50 overs - well short of the Australian target.

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