1st ODI – Amy Satterthwaite’s 92 in vain as Australia women claims the nail-biter by five-run victory

Australia 241/10 (49.4)
Rachael Haynes 67 (80), Jess Jonassen 36 (32) Sophie Devine 32-3 (10)
New Zealand 236/9 (50)
Amy Satterthwaite 92 (123), Katie Perkins 48 (68) Jess Jonassen 43-4 (10)
By 5 runs
1st ODI - Amy Satterthwaite’s 92 in vain as Australia women claims the nail-biter by five-run victory
Repeated middle-order strikes by Jess Jonassen helped Australia emerge victorious in the first ODI of the 3-match series at the WACA, Perth
Chasing 242 for victory, New Zealand looked on course needing 54 runs at run a ball with 6 wickets in hand. With skipper Amy Satterthwaite and Katie Perkins at the crease, it seemed an easy task. 
Then Jonassen intervened. She accounted for the remaining wickets to fall. In 3 overs she snapped up 4 wickets including the big wickets of Satterthwaite and Perkins and put victory out of New Zealand’s reach. New Zealand fell agonizingly short of the target by 6 runs. 
Earlier Australia were invited to bat by New Zealand. Alyssa Healy was bowled by Lea Tahuhu for 4. Captain Meg Lanning also departed early caught out by Satterthwaite off Rosemary Mair for 6 runs from 16 balls.
Australia continued to lose wickets regularly. Ellyse Perry, fresh from her WBBL exploits, failed to make an impact today with the bat. Sophie Devine found her edge to dismiss her for 6 runs from 22 balls.
Beth Mooney’s edge was also located by Amelia Kerr and she had to settle for 13 runs from 29 balls. Opener Rachael Haynes, meanwhile, was steady at the other end. She raised her fifty in the 22nd over off 63 balls. But, she was undone by Mair to be dismissed for 67 runs from 80 balls. At that stage Australia were 125-5.
Kerr bagged her second wicket when she had Elyse Villani caught by Lauren Down for 18 runs. Ashleigh Gardner played a good hand of 34 runs from 36 balls which included 5 fours and a six. She was dismissed by Hayley Jensen in the 38th over and Australia were reduced to 187-7. A sub-par total seemed on the cards.
Jonassen’s fine cameo of 36 runs from 32 balls and a few blows by Megan Schutt and Lauren Cheatle helped drag Australia to 241.
Australia were off to a good start having seen the backs of Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates quickly. Devine (3 from 7) was accounted for by Perry while Bates was pinned lbw by Schutt for 8. 
Down (15 from 27) was bowled by Perry. Wicketkeeper Katey Martin joined her captain at the crease. They shared a 45-run stand before it was broken by Martin’s dismissal. She was bowled by Georgia Wareham for 20 runs. 

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That brought Perkins and Satterthwaite together with the score 89-4. Theirs was the vital partnership, just one short of a hundred. They had laid the foundation. 

Both missed out on their individual landmarks though. Perkins fell for 48 from 68 balls when she was caught by Jonassen off her own bowling. Satterthwaite fell 8 short of a well-deserved 7th ODI century. She was caught by Haynes and finished on 92 runs from 123 balls.
Between their dismissals, Jonassen removed Kerr (11 from 15) and Leigh Kasperek off successive deliveries. By the time Satterthwaite fell, New Zealand required 19 from 8 balls with 2 wickets in hand.
Though Jensen and Tahuhu struck a boundary each in the final over, it was always a tall ask for the lower order. Australia must have been relieved to find themselves on the winning side. Jonassen was adjudged Player of the Match.

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