New Zealand v Australia: Vacationers declare six-wicket win in first Twenty20

Ashleigh Gardner drives down the ground

Ashleigh Gardner hit six fours and three sixes in her 48-ball 73
First Twenty20, Seddon Park, Hamilton
New Zealand 130-6 (20 overs): Satterthwaite 40 (31), Jonassen 3-26
Australia 133-4 (18 overs): Gardner 73*, J Kerr 2-17
Australia won by six wickets

Ashleigh Gardner helped world champions Australia overcome New Zealand by six wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 series.

Gardner’s unbeaten 73 from 48 balls helped Australia recover from 14-3 as they chased 131 with 12 balls to spare.

She shared an unbroken 71-run stand with Ellyse Perry, who was playing in her first international match for a year after a lengthy injury break.

New Zealand earlier posted 130-6 after being asked to bat first in Hamilton.

Australia have won 32 of their 38 completed T20 matches in the past three years.

All-rounder Jess Jonassen took 3-26 as New Zealand struggled to accelerate, despite 40 from Amy Satterthwaite.

However, Australia slipped to 3-2 inside the first two overs, with Alyssa…