New Zealand Women were once again no match to England Women as the hosts secured a massive 123-run victory in the second One-Day International in Derby on Tuesday (July 10) to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Exactly like in the first match, which England won by 142 runs, Heather Knight won the toss and opted to bat first. Tammy Beaumont (67) and Natalie Sciver (58-ball 54) laid a perfect platform for the home team before New Zealand bowlers bounced back to bowl England out for 241 in 48 overs. In reply, Katie George and Sophie Ecclestone picked up three wickets each to bundle New Zealand out for just 118 in 38 overs.
The win took England’s tally on the ICC Women’s Championship table to ten points. They are now tied with New Zealand and Australia, who currently occupy the top two spot due to a superior net run-rate.
Amy Jones and Beaumont, who put on an opening stand of 111 runs in the first match, could only share a 40-run association before Sophie Devine sent Jones back for 20. Coming in at No. 3 and 4 respectively, Sarah Taylor (8) and Knight (15) couldn’t contribute much, but that didn’t stop Beaumont.
The 27-year-old batter did most of the scoring before Sciver took over. The two added 57 runs for the fourth wicket at a decent pace. Just when everything was going smoothly for England, Jess Watkin put an end on Beaumont’s 76-ball knock, studded with eight fours. After bringing up her 10th ODI fifty, Sciver too perished.
Katherine Brunt (25) and Georgia Elwiss (18 not out) chipped in with handy contributions to ensure that England end up close to the 250-run mark.
For New Zealand, Devine, Watkin and Leigh Kasperek claimed two wickets each, while Holly Huddleston, Lea Tahuhu and Amelia Kerr ended with a wicket each.
In reply, New Zealand got off to a horrible start, losing three wickets inside seven overs. Suzie Bates (24) and Maddy Green (20) got off to starts but couldn’t convert them, which is what their team needed. There were no contributions from the lower-order as well as they were bowled out with 12 overs to spare.
The third and final ODI will be played in Leicester on Friday.