AUST WOMEN ADVANCE BEST
Victorian duo Jess Cameron and Meg Lanning showed why they finished 1-2 in voting for Australia's best international female over the last 12 months by combining to crush New Zealand in the ICC Women's World Cup last night.
Queensland and Australian captain Jodie Fields needed only to marshal her troops in the field as the power batters did the rest, racing to 3-228 in response to New Zealand's 6-227.
The Australians, after two average batting performances in the opening two rounds, powered past the White Ferns with almost 12 overs to spare.
Opener Lanning made 112 off 104 balls and Belinda Clark medal winner Cameron 82 off 87 in adding 182 for the second wicket.
Earlier Australia's bowlers did not have things all their own way in Cuttack, after having reduced the New Zealanders to 4-39.
Suzie Bates, who struggled most of the summer in the WNCL with WA but then blasted centuries in the Rose Bowl series, continued her liking for the bowling with 102 off 134 balls to get her side to what appeared to be a competitive total.
Megan Schutt took the bowling honours with 3-40 off 10 overs.
Australia advances to the Super Sixes phase of the tournament with a clash against prospective finals opponent England on Friday in a match that will be screened live on FoxSports from 1.30pm (Brisbane time).
Australia goes into the Super Sixes with a one-win advantage over every other side, being the only nation to clean sweep their Group.
The surprise packet is Sri Lanka, who stunned both England and India in the Group stage to qualify for the first time.
India is in shock after missing the Super Sixes altogether.
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