Martin, spinners thrash SA for 5-2

New Zealand women 273 for 7 (Martin 81, Satterthwaite 53) beat South Africa women 147 (Bermingham 3-18, Satterthwaite 2-15) by 126 runs

File photo – Katey Martin struck her second ODI and consecutive half-century © IDI/Getty Images

New Zealand women produced another solid performance while South Africa women suffered another collapse as the visitors won the last ODI by 126 runs to seal the series 5-2. Fifties from Amy Satterthwaite and Katey Martin propelled New Zealand to 273 for 7 which proved too stiff for the hosts, who scored just over half of what they were supposed to.

New Zealand opted to bat and were led by Satterthwaite and Martin after openers Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest fell for low double-digit scores, leaving them on 86 for 2 in the 21st over. Satterthwaite fell for 53 and Martin then upped the run rate with her second straight fifty, off 49 balls, in the company of Maddy Green. Martin and Green put on 81 for the fourth wicket before Green was run-out for a 47-ball 46, studded with seven fours. Martin and Sam Curtis injected more power in the innings by scoring 55 in the next nine overs, 40 of them by Martin, to take the score past 250. Martin’s 81 off 72 balls featured 10 fours and ensured they reached a competitive score.

Opener Lizelle Lee got South Africa off to a strong start as the openers put on 35 in six overs. But the rest of the line-up was unable to put on any sort of resistance as legspinner Erin Bermingham and offspinner Satterthwaite ran through the middle and lower order. South Africa collapsed to 84 for 7, three of those taken by Bermingham, and Satterthwaite took the last two, after brief resistance, to bowl the hosts out for 147. Bermingham finished with 10-2-18-3 while Satterthwaite took 2 for 15 from her 4.5 overs.

No South Africa batsman could score more than 22 and the seven-match series saw only three half-centuries from them. New Zealand, on the other hand, saw nine fifties – three by Satterthwaite, who also finished the series as the top run-scorer (344) and the joint-highest wicket taker (11) with South Africa medium-pacer Ayabonga Khaka.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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