Brisbane Heat opener Beth Mooney, pictured at Allan Border Field, Brisbane, scored her maiden century for the Southern Stars.
Brisbane Heat opener Beth Mooney, pictured at Allan Border Field, Brisbane, scored her maiden century for the Southern Stars. Matthew McInerney

Mooney scores maiden ODI century in loss to NZ

A FIVE-wicket loss soured what should have been the happiest days for Beth Mooney.

The Hervey Bay product scored her first One Day International century in Sunday's game against New Zealand, though it wasn't enough as the Southern Stars fell with five balls to spare.

Mooney's 123-ball knock, which included only six fours, was the first ODI century hit by a Queenslander.

She enjoyed a 95-run third-wicket stand with Rachael Haynes (50) before an 81-run partnership with Elyse Villani (50), but Villani's dismissal triggered the collapse.

Australia, who were travelling comfortably at 3-237, lost 7-38 in the last seven overs of the innings to be dismissed for 275.

That collapse proved the difference, as Amy Satterthwaite's unbeaten 102 guided New Zealand to victory.

For Mooney, it is a well-timed century that repays the Southern Stars selectors' faith.

She struggled through the Twenty20 International series, also against NZ, as she scored six runs across the three games.

Mooney will return to the scene of her Southern Stars' debut last year, Mount Maunganui's Bay Oval, for the last two games of the Rose Bowl series.


Your chance to win Simple Pleasures photo competition

Your chance to win Simple Pleasures photo competition

Love is all you need for Bruns photo comp

EDITORIAL: An idea even bigger than this headline

EDITORIAL: An idea even bigger than this headline

Strap yourself in fellow dreamers

Local Partners