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England win second ODI, hope for White Ferns

England women's cricket
Alice Capsey and Tammy Beaumont bat in the second ODI between England and the White Ferns. PHOTO: DAVE LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

England have wrapped up the ODI series against the White Ferns with a match to spare after a 56-run win in game two.

Having already won the T20 series, England were too strong, with the White Ferns missing captain Sophie Devine and had bowler Rosemary Mair as a late withdrawal.

However, the home side did manage to dismiss England for the first time of the tour as the visitors chose to bat first at Seddon Park and set the White Ferns a total of 253 to chase, which was the largest total New Zealand has had to chase in a couple of seasons.

England opener Tammy Beaumont brought up her 19th ODI half-century - and her eighth against New Zealand - before being dismissed 81 in the 34th over.

Beaumont held her ground while losing four batting partners, including Maia Bouchier on 20 and Heather Knight for, before playing a lofted shot off Hannah Rowe which was caught with ease by Georgia Plimmer.

Wicketkeeper Amy Jones was the next highest scorer, hitting seven boundaries before she fell just short of a half-century when Lea Tahuhu had her caught by Brooke Halliday for 48 in the 48th over.

Pace and spin got wickets for New Zealand as all six bowlers used took a scalp. Spinner Fran Jonas took 2-47 from her 10 overs and medium pacer Jess Kerr had 2-50 from her full complement of overs, while Tahuhu took 2-50 from eight overs.

Stand-in captain Amelia Kerr's spin got 1-35, making her the most miserly of the New Zealanders.

New Zealand's chase started strongly, with Suzie Bates scoring 10 runs off the first over, but she departed for 28 as the second wicket to fall.

While the White Ferns' top-order struggled and the lower-order could not guide the side to victory, a 100-run fifth-wicket partnership between Halliday and Izzy Gaze gave the hosts hope.

Gaze was run out for 47 in the 40th over. It was her highest ODI score, bettering her previous top score of 26.

Halliday followed three overs later for 57 after she was stumped. The Auckland representative has now scored three of her four half-centuries against England. Natalie Siver-Brunt had figures of 3-21 from her seven overs.

The final match is on Sunday in Hamilton.


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