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Bates leads Ferns to opening win

A top class century from captain Suzie Bates was the key factor as the White Ferns defeated England by 67 runs at Mount Maunganui's Bay Oval yesterday.

The game was the first of the three-match ODI series at the venue this week in round two of the International Women's Championship to qualify for the ICC Women's World Cup in 2017.

The White Ferns batted first after England won the toss and made 240/8 in their 50 overs. Openers Bates and Rachel Priest got the innings off to a rollicking start putting on 157, with Bates cracking 14 boundaries in her 106 scored off just 113 balls to reach her sixth ODI century.


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