Cricket: Australia make history with White Ferns walkover in opening Rose Bowl match

  • 04/04/2021

Australia have eased past the White Ferns with a six-wicket win in the opening match of their Rose Bowl series in Tauranga on Sunday, claiming a slice of history in the process.

Set a target of 213, the visitors needed less than 39 overs to secure their 22nd-straight one-day international victory, setting a new world record for consecutive wins.

It eclipses the mark set by their Ricky Ponting-led male compatriots back in 2003.

Alyssa Healy was the star of the show for the Australians, slamming 65 runs off 68 balls to give her side early momentum, setting the stage for Elysse Perry (56) and Ashleigh Gardner (53) to guide them home.

The White Ferns' innings began in less than ideal fashion, as Hayley Jensen fell victim to a peach from Megan Schutt to depart for a golden duck in the first ball of the second over.

Lauren Down began the rebuilding process for New Zealand, digging in for a patient 90 to set a platform for what promised to be a competitive total.

But after being well placed at 159/2 at the start of the 37th over, NZ then proceeded to lose eight wickets for just 53 runs to be dismissed in the 49th over.

Schutt did the majority of the damage for Australia with the ball, claiming four wickets for just 32 runs through her 10-over spell.

The teams will remain in Tauranga for the second match of the series, which takes place on Wednesday.