Australia strolled to a 9 wicket victory in the third of the four Rose Bowl ODI games against New Zealand, thanks to a magnificient 100 from Meg Lanning off just 45 balls. The Aussies were set just 178 to win after Jodie Fields had won the toss and inserted the White Ferns. With Lanning (103) in imperious form they reached their target in just 21.2 overs, with Alyssa Healy finishing unbeaten on 62.
Earlier the White Ferns had contributed to their own downfall with three run outs, including one of Amy Satterthwaite, who had been in a rich vein of form in the opening two games. Only Suzie Bates (39) and Nicola Browne (42) of the top order batters made any significant contribution, plus a spirited 25 from Erin Bermingham. But 177 was woefully short and Lanning ensured the Rose Bowl would remain in Australia for another year.
The final match of the series takes place on Wednesday in Sydney.
Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/584548.html
Match report (Aus) - http://www.cricket.com.au/news-list/2012/12/17/lanning-hundred-sparks-stars
Match report (NZ) - http://www.blackcaps.co.nz/match-report/australia-retain-rose-bowl/1499/report.aspx