Rain ruins Emerging Players' chances
The second One-Day match between the Australian Shooting Stars and New Zealand Women Emerging Players at Blacktown Olympic Park Oval in Sydney has ended as a no-result.
Rain delayed the start of play, to limit the match to 37 over innings. Batting first, the Emerging Players posted 161 for six, before rain once again interrupted with the Shooting Stars 84 for three after 18.2 overs.
This time the players would not return, meaning Australia retains their one-nil lead in the series with two games to go.
The Shooting Stars’ reply looked shaky when they were three for 36, with Morna Nielsen, Lea Tahuhu and Kate Broadmore all making breakthroughs.
However an unbeaten fourth wicket stand of 48 between Beth Mooney (17*) and Sarah Coyte (37*) brought the Shooting Stars back into the match. They required a further 78 from 18.4 overs before rain ended proceedings.
Earlier the Emerging Players had made a strong start with the bat to set the Shooting Stars a challenging total.
A 30 run second wicket partnership between opener Natalie Dodd and captain Maddy Green took New Zealand to 49 for one, until Green was bowled by Nicola Carey on 16.
Dodd went on to make an impressive 50 off 66 balls, before the Emerging Players lost three quick wickets without adding to their score of 110.
Late cameos from Katie Perkins (26), Anna Peterson (32*) and Lauren Down (15) all bolstered the New Zealand side’s total to set the Shooting Stars a target of 162 for victory.
Renee Chappell led the Australian bowling attack with figures of two for 30 from seven overs.
The third One-Day match takes place on Sunday.