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Cricket news - Perry, Jonassen lead Australia to series win

Ellyse Perry cracked her maiden ODI ton to set up Australia's series win

Ellyse Perry cracked her maiden ODI ton (107*) and Jess Jonassen snared a five-for as Australia thumped New Zealand by 95 runs in the second game in Adelaide on Sunday (February 24) and also took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. New Zealand could muster only 152 while chasing 248.

In pursuit of a competitive target, the visitors lost the wickets of Suzie Bates and Lauren Down with just 27 runs on the board. With the visitors in a spot of bother, Sophie Devine (47) and Amy Satterthwaite (37) joined hands to prop up the side. However, with the score reading 93 for 2, Jonassen snuffed out Devine lbw and subsequently, ran through the heart of the lower-middle-order.

With Satterthwaite at the crease, the tourists still believed that they could cross the finishing line. It was Elyse Villani who delivered the knockout punch by running out Satterthwaite. New Zealand, were eventually, bowled out in the 38th over. Jonassen returned impressive figures of 5 for 27.

Earlier, Perry composed a brilliant hundred to anchor Australia's innings. The star all-rounder crunched eight fours and three sixes in her innings and strung together an alliance of 98 with Beth Mooney for the sixth wicket. Alyssa Healy also made a useful contributions with a fine 75-ball 46. For New Zealand, Amelia Kerr took three scalps.

With the series win, Australia have maintained their supremacy over New Zealand in the 50-over format. The last time the tourists triumphed in a bilateral 50-over rubber against Australia was way back in 1998-99. The New Zealand side was then led by the legendary Debbie Hockley with the seasoned wicketkeeper-batter, Rebecca Rolls, essaying a couple of vital hands.

Australia are perched at top of the points table in the ICC Women's championship with 20 points, while New Zealand slot in at the third position with 14 points.

Brief scores: Australia Women 247/7 in 50 overs (Ellyse Perry 107*; Amelia Kerr 3-30) beat New Zealand Women 152 in 37.5 overs (Sophie Devine 47; Jess Jonassen 5-27) by 95 runs

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