White Ferns tumble to hand Australia a comfortable win
The White Ferns fell to a disappointing 141-point loss to Australia after a top-notch collapse quickly ended any chance of a historic chase.
Australia put the hosts 270 up for the win on good batting play, a score bolstered by a blistering 48 on just 18 balls by Ash Gardner late in the inning.
While the score was huntable, the White Ferns were no match for the Aussie bowling attack and were knocked out for just 128.
In the early innings, Maddy Green hit one of the tournament’s holds to brush off dangerous Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry for a well-done 68 after the White Ferns ripped through the first order.
As Australia recovered from their early setbacks, the White Ferns continued to slip away and Australia were six for 229 when Tahlia McGrath fell for 57 early in the 47th and looked unlikely to hit the mark 250 points.
However, Gardner broke four fours and four sixes to trail his team at 269 for eight by the end of the innings.
To win, the White Ferns would need to record the biggest successful chase in Women’s World Cup history. However, they had chased 321 in just 43 overs against the same side in a warm-up game less than two weeks ago.
However, it was not a warm-up, and quickly the White Ferns found themselves in difficulty.
Sophie Devine, who had hit an undefeated 161 in said warm-up, was knocked through the gate for six by Perry.
Amelia Kerr had the next shot for a single, before Suzie Bates skied a shot shot and was caught for 16 minutes later.
The writing was on the wall and the wickets kept falling. Maddy Green fell behind for three and Frankie Mackay was stuck in front for one, leaving the White Ferns reeling at 35 for five.
Amy Satterthwaite played a single hand of 44 but Australia quickly wrapped up the match, knocking out the White Ferns for 128.