File: Amy Satterthwaite's unbeaten 102 off 113 balls helped New Zealand Women chase down Australia's 275. © Getty Images

File: Amy Satterthwaite’s unbeaten 102 off 113 balls helped New Zealand Women chase down Australia’s 275. © Getty Images

A fighting hundred from Amy Satterthwaite in the chase trumped a century from Beth Mooney as New Zealand Women pulled off a five-wicket win over Australia Women in the first One-Day International of the Rose Bowl trophy on Sunday (February 26).

Mooney’s 100 and round fifties for Rachel Haynes and Elyse Villani led a strong Australian batting effort that got 275 up on the board at Eden Park in Auckland. The hosts needed 49.1 overs to chase that down, Suzie Bates, Katie Perkins and Katey Martin all playing useful knocks around Satterthwaite.

Lea Tahuhu and Bates had Australia at 61 for 2 after Meg Lanning choose to bat. But Mooney, the opener playing only her seventh ODI, held one end down with partnerships of 95 and 81 for the third and fourth wickets with Haynes and Villani respectively.

Villani was especially brisk in her scoring, finding the boundary six times in her 43-ball 50. Both Mooney and Haynes were granted an extra life after being out on no-balls.

Tahuhu (4 for 59) and Holly Huddleston (3 for 46) did well to pull things back in the end, dismissing the visitors in 48.4 overs.

Bates, the captain, and Rachel Priest gave the home side 58 for the opening stand before Satterthwaite came on to build on that foundation.

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Martin’s 49-ball 43 in a third-wicket stand of 74 and Perkins’s 27-ball 29 in 77 for the fifth wicket kept the required run-rate in control.

Satterthwaite brought up her century – the sixth of her career – with a four in the 49th, before wrapping up the chase with a single off the first ball of the final over. Her unbeaten 102 came off 113 balls and included nine fours.

Her last four ODI scores are now 137*, 115*, 123 (all against Pakistan) and 102*. “Scoring a hundred in any game is huge. To get it today when we were chasing that total, against a classy Australian side, it’s pretty special,” she said. “I’d have liked to have gone a bit quicker in the first half of the innings, but just thankful to get the job done in the end. I knew I had to bat deep and when you get into a position like that, you have to finish off the job.”

Australia resume their defence of the Rose Bowl trophy on March 2 in Mount Maunganui.

Brief scores:
Australia Women 275 in 48.4 overs (Beth Mooney 100, Rachel Haynes 50, Elyse Villani 50; Lea Tahuhu 4-59, Holly Huddleston 3-46) lost to New Zealand Women 276/5 in 49.1 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 102, Suzie Bates 55; Amanda-Jade Wellington 2-51) by five wickets.