Ellyse Perry has enjoyed another day in the sun during this summer of cricket, scoring her first one-day international century as Australia retained the Rose Bowl with a 95-run thumping of New Zealand.
In her 102nd 50-over match for Australia, Perry reached triple figures when a dropped catch trickled over the rope on the second-last ball of the innings.
She then belted the final ball for six to finish on 107 not out — eclipsing her previous best ODI score of 95 not out — as Australia reached 247 at Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval.
The superstar all-rounder then took the first wicket of New Zealand’s innings, bowling opener Suzie Bates for 11, but it was spinner Jess Jonassen who did the most damage with the ball.
Having played the hero with four wickets in the Southern Stars’ narrow win in the first game of the series, Jonassen backed it up with the second five-wicket haul of her international career.
She finished with a career-best 5-27 from eight overs on Sunday, as New Zealand’s chase sputtered along to be all out for 152 after 38 overs.
The victory seemed far from certain earlier in the day, as Australia struggled through the middle of its innings.
Having scored at a decent clip to reach 39 off the first eight overs, the runs began to dry up and wickets started to fall, with opener Rachael Haynes (16) and skipper Meg Lanning (3) dismissed in the 11th and 12th overs.
That united Perry with newly crowned Belinda Clark medallist and Sydney Sixers teammate Alyssa Healy, but they only eked out 35 runs off 11 overs before Healy fell for 46.
Perry and Beth Mooney formed a threatening partnership at the crease, playing watchfully and making it to the 42nd over, when 18-year-old leg spinner Amelia Kerr struck three times in four balls.
On 67 off 88 at the time, Perry used that chastening moment as a launching pad and clobbered 40 off 42 in the final eight overs to reach her milestone.
The White Ferns’ innings was less of a rollercoaster ride as Sophie Devine top-scored with 47, but wickets flowed steadily throughout the 38-over innings.
Jonassen was backed up by Megan Schutt’s 2-33, Perry’s 1-15 and Georgia Wareham’s 1-32.
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