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The Australian Women's Cricket Team has continued its unbeaten run at the ICC Women's World Cup with a five-wicket win against New Zealand in Bristol. Needing 220 runs to claim victory, Australia reach 49 before opener Nicole Bolton was dismissed by Anna Peterson (2-27) for 26.

Fellow opener Beth Mooney (32) fell not long after leaving Australia on the back foot, but it was captain Meg Lanning (48) and Ellyse Perry (71) who steadied the ship.

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New Zealand and South Africa suffered a frustrating day in Derby, as they endured the first washout of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup on Wednesday.

With heavy rain at The County Ground overnight, and continuing throughout the morning and early afternoon, umpires Paul Wilson and Langton Rusere called the game off at 14h13 local time without a ball being bowled.

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In Bristol, 2000 champion New Zealand eased to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka to open up its bid for the ICC Women’s World Cup title in fine style.

Chamari Polgampala (49) and Chamari Athapaththu (53) gave Inoka Ranaweera’s side an ideal foundation to kick on at 141 for one with 15 overs remaining, but once the latter fell a flurry of wickets followed.

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Colin de Grandhomme, Jeet Raval and Neil Broom are the new names on New Zealand Cricket’s list of 21 players offered central contracts for the 2017-18 year. Under the terms of NZC’s Master Agreement with the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, the 21 players have until Wednesday, June 28 to accept or decline the contract offers.

De Grandhomme, Raval and the recalled Broom played for the BLACKCAPS over recent months and during the 2016-17 summer.

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Wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi has retired from all international cricket. The BLACKCAPS gloveman represented Australia briefly in 2008 and 2009 before resurrecting his international career with New Zealand in 2013, playing a total of four Tests, 85 One Day Internationals and 32 T20 internationals.

Ronchi plans to continue playing on the domestic T20 circuit around the world and, selection-permitting, for Wellington – and will shortly decamp to England, where he will represent Leicester. 

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Wallaroos Head Coach Paul Verrell has named a new look side ahead of the team’s second Test of the International Women’s Rugby Series on Tuesday 12 June at 12:45pm AEST, where they will face New Zealand’s Black Ferns at Christchurch’s Rugby Park.

A total of eight changes have been made to the starting XV that ran out against England in Wellington.

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Bangladesh rode on a record partnership by centurions Shakib Al-Hasan and Mahmadullah to defeat New Zealand by five wickets in their Group A match at the Champions Trophy cricket tournament on Friday.

Needing 266 runs for the win, Bangladesh were off a nightmarish start, losing their entire top order by the 12th over. But Shakib and Mahmadullah then joined forces to add 224 runs between them in 209 balls and snatch victory from what seemed at one point to be also certain defeat. 

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