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    White Ferns smash Windies in second ODI

    The White Ferns have thumped the West Indies by eight wickets in the second ODI in Lincoln, going 2-0 up in the three-match series.

    An unbeaten century to stalwart Suzie Bates has guided the White Ferns to an eight-wicket second-ODI thumping of the West Indies.

    Set a target of 195 for victory, the Kiwis blitzed their opponents in Lincoln, reaching 175-0 before the 30-over mark.

    Sophie Devine fell for an impressive 80, caught off an Afy Fletcher delivery, but opening partner Bates cruised to her ton, scoring 101 not out.

    It was the 30-year-old Bates' ninth ODI century in 109 matches.

    The Ferns wrapped up the game in the 31st over.

    "I thought it was a brilliant game today," Bates said.

    "We asked the bowlers and fielders to make some improvements from game one and I thought we were outstanding in the field, and our bowlers stepped up.

    "It made Sophie's job and my job easier."

    Earlier, spinner Leigh Kasperek's four-wicket haul helped New Zealand bowl out the West Indies for just 194 in the 49th over.

    Medium pacer Lea Tahuhu, who finished with figures of 3-42, snared the wicket of opener Hayley Matthews in the fifth over and also took the last wicket of the innings when she removed skipper Stafanie Taylor for 86.

    Taylor's 54-run third wicket stand with Chedean Nation (35) aside, the Windies struggled to build partnerships of substance.

    The New Zealand bowlers kept the visitors well under wraps, Kasperek leading the way with 4-44, with support from Devine and Anna Peterson.

    New Zealand are now 2-0 up in the series, having won the first ODI by one run.

    The third and final ODI will be in Christchurch on Sunday.

    "If we're brutally honest, we probably didn't start as well as we'd like with the ball, a little bit loose early, so we can tidy that up," Bates said.

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