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Cricket news - One-nil down, Satterthwaite looks forward to the 'two finals'

Satterthwaite stroked a 123-ball 92 in the first ODI.

New Zealand may have dropped two points in the ICC Women's ODI Championship following a close defeat against Australia in Perth and slipped to third spot on the points table but skipper Amy Satterthwaite is chuffed by the team's performance in the first one-dayer.

Needing 242 for a win, the chase was led by Satterthwaite, who stroked a 123-ball 92 before getting dismissed by Jess Jonassen in the penultimate over. New Zealand did score 13 off the last eight balls but 6 runs short of the target.

However, Satterthwaite chose to look at the positives from the match and was satisfied with the performance of the bowlers who managed to bundle out Australia two balls short of their full quota of overs.

"It's not often you get to do that," Satterthwaite said. "I think there's still a lot of room for improvement, and that's the scary part.

"To take 10 wickets was outstanding. I think we probably had too many extras, and we leaked a few boundaries at the wrong time. But we showed a lot of fight and took it to them."

New Zealand are now left with the task of winning the next two games of the series in order to win their first Rose Bowl since 2000. "It's just like two finals. Bring it on," she said.

With 18 points from 10 games in the ODI championship, Australia are ahead of the race by a fair distance. Australian pacer Megan Schutt, however, accepted that it is sometimes good to be scared in order to find the minor flaws that exist in the games, and added, "It's always good to be challenged. It has always been a tough contest with the Kiwis. Hopefully, in the next two matches we come up with a win."

While she admitted there are areas of concerns with the batting, she added, "We have a lot of improvements to make and that's always a good sign. I bet New Zealand will also be thinking the same... we are confident that if we bowl well, we can restrict them to a low total."

Speaking of Australia's trans-Tasman domination, she said, "The dominance has been long lasting. But to be fair, it has always been a good contest. With some big names like Suzie Bates and Devine at top of the order and the rest of them strapped together really well, I think they are a tough team."

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