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“It's the best bowling and fielding display he's seen from The White Ferns.”
This from White Fern coach Gary Stead today after his side annihilated The South African batting line up, dismissing them for 51 at the Bradman Oval in Sydney in their final group match of the ICC Women’s World Cup.
After being put into bat the White Ferns lost two early wickets and it was left to 22 year Canterbury left hander Amy Satterthwaite to shore up the top order. This she did hitting 73 from 75 balls which included 11 boundaries - her highest score for New Zealand.
Coach Stead said, “it was wonderful to see the freedom Satterthwaite displayed today, particularly her straight driving in front of the wicket. Amy made it looked so easy and it was a pity she didn't get the magic three figures.”
“White Ferns were still vulnerable at 111/5 and the partnership of the day between Sara McGlashan and Nicola Browne was brilliant.”
The pair put on an unbeaten 139, with Sara McGlashan in sublime form striking 88 from 76 and Nicola Browne 51 from 74 balls.
Again Stead searched for words to compliment McGlashan on the way she went about her innings, “pacing herself and batting through to the end, it was just superb," he said.
The daunting total seemed to mesmerise the South African's as they lost two quick wickets and before taking their score to 41 for two. Only ten more runs were scored as right arm medium pacer Suzie Bates and right arm off-spinner Aimee Mason tore through the batting order to dismiss their opponents for 51.
A brilliant catch from Sophie Devine off Suzie Bates's bowling sent wickets tumbling with incredible figures being posted. Bates took four for seven with Mason even more amazing with four for two off 4.2 - the pair picking eight wickets between them.
The White Ferns now prepare for their first match of the Super Sixes stage against England that will be played at The Bankstown Oval on Saturday.
Stead admitted he's been demanding a performance like this from the White Ferns and today they delivered.
Although the coach was pleased with the 199 run victory, he sent the players out for fitness work at the end of the match. This was to get the troops to reflect and keep their feet on the ground before they take on the highly fancied English side on Saturday.