Southern Stars record 4-0 series whitewash

19 Nov 2014

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The Southern Stars secured a 4-0 ODI series whitewash over the West Indies with a 148-run win at Bradman Oval in Bowral on Tuesday.

The Australian side won the toss and elected to bat first, putting on 5-275, which the West Indies failed to chase down, finishing 9-127 in the 25th over.

Ellyse Perry took out the player-of-the-match and player-of-the-series awards for her consistent efforts with both the bat and ball.

Meg Lanning (84) and Perry (74*) were once again the anchors of the Australian side's batting innings, putting on a 103-run partnership.

Lanning's knock took her total runs for the ODI series to 336 at an average of 112, making her the leading run-scorer. Lanning also surpassed the 1,500 ODI career runs mark, becoming the seventh Australian woman to achieve this.

Perry's half century was her fourth consecutive for the series and took her series total to 263 at an average of 131.50. The knock was Perry's fifth consecutive ODI half-century (dating back to the Commonwealth Bank Women's Ashes), she is only the fifth Australian woman to achieve this feat.

Stafanie Taylor was the most economical wicket-taker for the West Indies, finishing with figures of 1-28.

Hayley Matthews (37) and Britney Cooper (33) led the scoring for the West Indies and they were well supported by Deandra Dottin, whose knock of 27 included two sixes and three fours.

Due to injuries the visitors only batted with ten players and relied on the current Captain of the Australian Army Women's team Rachel Martin, who was plucked from the crowd in Bowral, to help field for the bulk of their 50 overs.

Megan Schutt led the Australian side's bowling attack and finished with her career best ODI figures of 4-18 from her four overs. Perry also chipped in with an economical 3-23 from 5.5 overs.

Prior to the match a minute's silence was observed to honour the passing of former Australian Captain Ian Craig OAM. During the ceremony Southern Stars Captain Meg Lanning held Craig's Baggy Green. Lanning overtook Craig's record as the youngest player - male or female - to captain Australia when she first assumed the role at the age of 21 earlier this year.

The series win caps off a dominant international summer for the Southern Stars who claimed 8-0 series whitewashes over both Pakistan and the West Indies. The players will now return to their WNCL/WT20 teams for the remainder of the domestic season ahead of their next international series, the Women's Ashes 2015 in England mid next year.

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