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White Ferns whitewash West Indies with massive 205-run victory

Isaiah Smiler
Suzie Bates
Suzie Bates became the second New Zealander to score 4,000 career runs yesterday at Hagley Oval.  Flickr

A classy 89 from White Ferns captain Suzie Bates has propelled the New Zealand side to a 205 run victory at Hagley Park.

The White Ferns were sent into bat yesterday morning by West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor who won the toss and decided to bowl. 

Opening batswoman Lauren Down was run out early on in the innings which brought Amy Sattherthwaite to the crease.

Captain Suzie Bates and Sattherthwaite then poured on 151 runs before Satterthwaite was dismissed for 69 runs. 

It was only two overs later when Bates history-making knock came to an end, bowled out by Shamilia Connell.

Bates brought up her 4,000th One Day International in her knock of 89, becoming just the second female cricketer to achieve the feat behind New Zealand legend Debbie Hockley.

Bates is set to overtake Hockley (4064) as New Zealand's highest run scorer of all-time. 

Sophie Devine was the only other New Zealander to score 50, blasting her way to 73 not out off 58 deliveries as the White Ferns finished their 50 overs 310 for 5. 

Facing down the barrel of defeat, the West Indians run chase got off to a poor start. 

Kycia Knight was run out for a duck, followed shortly by Hayley Mathews who departed for 11. 

The White Ferns balanced bowling attack meant the West Indians never quite got going, captain Stafanie Taylor with the only real innings of some worth scoring a run-a-ball 26.

White Ferns medium-pacer Sophie Devine also starred with the ball taking three wickets for 24 runs. Holly Huddleston and Hannah Rowe each had two wickets, adding to the balanced bowling attack that dismissed the visitors for just 105 runs.

The huge win means the White Ferns whitewash the ODI series 3-0. 

The next part of the tour will be a five-match Twenty20 series, starting on Wednesday in Tauranga. 

Take a look at the full scorecard here: https://scoring.nzc.nz/livescoring/match4982/scorecard.aspx

White Ferns upcoming games:

March 14, 1st T20 International 
v West Indies at Bay Oval, Tauranga

March 16, 2nd T20 International 
v West Indies at Bay Oval, Tauranga
(Live on Sky Sport)

March 20, 3rd T20 International 
v West Indies at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

March 22, 4th T20 International 
v West Indies at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

March 25, 5th T20 International 
v West Indies at Seddon Park, Hamilton