Wellington, February 16:

Australia suffered their first ever 10-wicket loss in limited-overs cricket when they were thrashed by New Zealand today.

A five-wicket haul from Shane Bond was backed by an unbroken stand by Stephen Fleming and Lou Vincent, who needed just 27 overs to knock off the 149-run target in the first game of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series.

New Zealand at full strength exposed the inexperience of an Australian side missing Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist by choice, and Andrew Symonds, Michael Clarke and Brett Lee through injury.

The Australians had trouble getting into rhythm with the bat and had particular trouble handling Bond, making 148 all out three balls short of 50 overs. Then their defence suffered from wayward bowling and dropped catches.

As a result, Vincent cracked 73 from 87 balls and Fleming faced just 76 deliveries for his 70 as they produced a record opening stand for New Zealand and the first century from a New Zealand opening partnership in 22 years.

It was a rare third successive loss for Australia, after losing two in a row to England in their recent home tri-series finals, and their first-ever 10-wicket hiding.

After his first spell of six overs, Bond had 2-7, with Phil Jacques spooning a slower ball to Daniel Vettori and Brad Haddin bowled. When he came back for his second spell, Bond pulled off a magnificent caught-and-bowled which left Cameron White staring in disbelief. Bond finished with 5-23.

White blasted a slower ball straight down the wicket only to see Bond lean to his right on his follow-through and snatch up the ball one-handed just above the ground. Bond then cleaned up Nathan Bracken and Brad Hogg at the tail and added to his purple patch by catching Shane Watson off spinner Daniel Vettori.

Vettori also dismissed Hodge to finish with 2-26, while Mark Gillespie (2-27) and Craig McMillan (1-3) were the other successful bowlers. McMillan dismissed skipper Mike Hussey, who top-scored with 42 off 96 balls.



M Hayden c Fleming b Gillespie 14

P Jaques c Vettori b Bond 1

B Haddin b Bond 6

M Hussey c Taylor b McMillan 42

B Hodge c Fleming b Vettori 22

C White c & b Bond 13

S Watson c Bond b Vettori 8

G Hogg b Bond 20

M Johnson c Oram b Gillespie 8

N Bracken b Bond 0

G McGrath not out 5

Extras: 9 (b1, lb2, w5, nb1)

Total: 148 (49.3 overs)

FoW: 1-3, 2-16, 3-45, 4-86, 5-98, 6-108, 7-120, 8-133, 9-133

New Zealand bowling: Tuffey 8-0-29-0, Bond 9.3-23-5, Oram 10-0-22-0, Gillespie 9-0-27-2, Vettori 9-1-26-2, Styris 2-0-15-0, McMillan 2-0-3-1


L Vincent not out 73

S Fleming not out 70

Extras: 6 (lb3, w2, nb1)

Total: 149/0 (27 overs)

Australia bowling: McGrath 6-1-23-0, Bracken 7-1-30-0, Johnson 8-0-49-0, Watson 4-0-28-0, Hogg 2-0-16-0