The White Ferns have been heavily beaten by Australia in the Women’s Cricket World Cup.
Set 270 runs to win the White Ferns were bowled out for 128 for a 141 run defeat in Wellington.
New Zealand never looked in the run chase. They were five wickets down inside 12 overs and all out within 31 overs. Sophie Devine, Melie Kerr, and Suzie Bates were all dismissed inside the 10-over power play.
Amy Satterthwaite and Katey Martin righted things with a partnership of 38 for the sixth wicket after coming together at 35-5, but the rest fell swiftly once that partnership was broken.
In the field New Zealand had looked good for the first 30 overs. Frankie Mackay and Lea Tahuhu made crucial early breakthroughs, but Ellyse Perry was patient and found a useful partner in Tahlia McGrath, who arrived at the wicket in the 30th over with Australia 113-4.
From there, Australia got the better of the NZ bowlers, added 105 runs in the final 10 overs to change the complexion of the match.
New Zealand’s next game is against South Africa on Thursday.