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New Zealand vs England: Tourists seal series victory with win in second ODI

April 4, 2024, 06:13 BST

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Tammy Beaumont top scored for England with 81 from 96 balls

Second One Day International Competition, Seddon Park, Hamilton

England 252 (49 overs): Beaumont 81 (96), Jones 48 (40); Bates 2-24

New Zealand 196 (45 overs): Halliday 57 (90), Gaze 47 (48); Sciver-Brunt 3-21

Tammy Beaumont scored 81 to set England on their way to a decisive 56-run victory over New Zealand in the second one-day international at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

The opener was fluent throughout her 96-ball knock and formed a 70-run partnership with captain Heather Knight as England laid the foundation for a big total.

But New Zealand hit back and after a 59-6 defeat, England needed a quick 48 from Amy Jones to reach a competitive 252 all out.

It proved to be more than enough as the White Ferns quickly fell short of the required quota in the face of some disciplined England bowling.

Brooke Halliday and Izzy Gaze gave New Zealand hope with a 100 pair for the fifth wicket, but England brought back their seamers to curb the momentum.

The duo fell in quick succession and England quickly secured victory when the home team were bowled out for 196 in the 45th over.

Nat Sciver-Brunt was the pick of the England bowlers with 3-21.

After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Knight's side will look to record a clean sweep in the third ODI at the same venue on Sunday.

Beaumont presents Jones' recovery mission

With Beaumont and Knight lined up at the crease, the pitch appeared to be flat, the batting seemed easy and England were on their way to a respectable result.

However, for the second game in a row, a middle-order collapse threatened to derail the tourists' innings.

Jess Kerr beat Knight and Sciver-Brunt with two well-executed slower balls before Alice Capsey was overwhelmed by Fran Jonas.

Beaumont had remained calm at the other end, picking moments to attack as she moved towards a 10th ODI century.

A burst of blood prevented her from reaching that milestone as she walked up to Hannah Rowe and sent the ball down the middle with an ugly side-swipe with her leg.

It was a shot completely out of keeping with the controlled aggression Beaumont had displayed up to that point, and when Danni Wyatt and Charlie Dean fell soon after, England were in trouble at 166-7.

After their winner in Wellington, it was left to Jones to rescue them again with another valuable counter-attacking innings.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was well supported by Kate Cross to take the visitors to a serviceable total, but as impressive as Jones was, England would certainly prefer their number seven not being needed to the rescue as often as she is in this series has done.

England still knows how to win

Although England were not at their best as a batting unit, they showed the ruthlessness of a team used to winning.

That quality is missing from an inexperienced New Zealand side that has taken advantages in both games in this series and failed to come out on top each time.

When the roles were reversed, England was sober. They edged out a White Ferns batting line-up without Bernadine Bezuidenhout, who retreated while fielding and was unable to bat at the start.

Even as Halliday and Gaze built their partnership, there was never a sense that things were going away from England.

With the tourists in trouble, Bell and Cross attacked again, soon followed by Sciver-Brunt, and the pressure was increased.

This resulted in Gaze running out, Halliday falling eight balls later and the game ended as a contest.

England could do without batting slumps but still have players with the quality and know-how required to perform well in the crucial game.

“Good to be put under pressure” – reaction

England's Tammy Beaumont, player of the match: “The best time to bat was probably against the new ball – that's the advantage of an opening ball. Things definitely got tougher in the middle and sometimes I couldn't make it. It was me or the wicket.

“I was a bit frustrated but I got to 50 and then tried to keep going and catch up to some extent. My father is probably sitting at home saying it's criminal that I left at 81 and left the team with a bit of work.”

England captain Heather Knight: “It was a really hard-fought win. The wicket was quite tricky. We may have lost our way a little in the middle, but we know the depth and quality we have – and the way Amy has played again in this partnership. “With Kate we have achieved a total that we for considered justifiable.

“I'm very happy with how we did. We were tested, which is really nice, we were put under pressure, which is good for us as a team. We haven't played 50 very often.” -about cricket in the last 18 months, so being put in those situations is really important.

New Zealand captain Amelia Kerr: “Another tough defeat but I think it was a lot of great stuff. The way Brooke and Izzy played was outstanding. Even though the scorecard doesn't look that good, I think they gave us a chance to win this game.”

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