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England won the second ODI

Wyatt and young gun Dean save the day for England

Eng v NZ, second ODI, report

Nine wickets down and in a world of hurt at one point, England fought back impressively to take out the second ODI against New Zealand by 13 runs via DLS method.


Sent out to bat, England were reduced to 146/9 before the recalled duo of Danni Wyatt (63*) and Tash Farrant (22) put on a 51-run 10th wicket stand to drag them to 197 all out. That is the biggest 10th wicket stand England's women's team have ever enjoyed in an ODI.

It proved crucial to England's victory as New Zealand were bowled out for 169 chasing a DLS revised target of 183 from 42 overs. Playing just her second ODI, off-spinner Charlotte Dean was England's best bowler, taking 4/36 from eight overs. 

Wyatt, playing her first ODI since February, was adjudged Player of the Match.

While New Zealand went into the second ODI unchanged, England made two alterations to the team that won the first game - Wyatt and Farrant replacing Katherine Brunt and Freya Davies.

Looking to get England off to a brisk start, Tammy Beaumont (12) smashed Sophie Devine (2/29) for three fours in the second over but was dismissed off the last ball, shouldering arms to an inswinger that rattled the stumps. 

Heather Knight and Lauren Winfield-Hill kept the scoreboard ticking with a 45-run stand that came off 49 balls. Hannah Rowe (3/41) broke through immediately after coming into the attack, getting the important wicket of skipper Knight (18) off her first ball. She struck again in her very next over, scalping Nat Sciver (1), who mistimed her drive straight to Maddy Green at cover.

England lost their third wicket in four overs when Amy Jones was sent back to the pavilion for just one run. Half the side was back in the hut by the 20th over for just 85 after the wicket of Sophia Dunkley (11) to Lea Tahuhu (1/48).

Just when it looked like England were rebuilding their innings, a mix-up between Winfield-Hill and Wyatt cost the former her wicket, with both batters at the same end. 

With the tail exposed, New Zealand once again took wickets in heaps - removing Dean (8), Sophie Ecclestone (4) and Kate Cross (1) in a span of 25 balls as England slipped to 146/9.

Things were looking bleak for England at that point, but a partnership between Wyatt and Farrant, the two players drafted into the playing XI for the game, gave the hosts a fighting total. The two strung together a crucial 51-run stand to take England to 197. Wyatt, who brought up her second ODI fifty, remained unbeaten on 63.

With the ball, Kasperek (3/31) and Rowe (3/41) picked up three wickets each for New Zealand to help restrict England to what looked a below-par total.

Openers Suzie Bates and Lauren Down got New Zealand off to a steady start, putting up 40 for the first wicket before Bates departed, caught at cover for 28 off the bowling of Cross (3/43). Bates' dismissal opened the door for England, as Cross went on to trap Down (22) in front and nick off Amy Satterthwaite (1) as Ecclestone (1/30) had Green (9) caught at mid-on. From 40/0 in the ninth over, New Zealand had slid to 85/4 by the 19th. 

Captain Devine (28) and Brooke Halliday (29) looked to put New Zealand back on track in a 29-run stand. That took the White Ferns within 69 runs of victory only for the skipper's dismissal to put England back on top. Devine had her stumps rattled by Sciver (1/33), bowled through the gate in the 27th over.

From there Dean took control of the match, taking her first wicket in the next over, bowling Katey Martin (6) with a ball that spun in sharply from outside off. She struck again in the 32nd, trapping Rowe (7) in front and in the 36th she got her biggest wicket of the day by removing Halliday. A flighted delivery outside off, the spinner drew Halliday out of her crease, turning the ball past the left-hander's edge to have her stumped and leave New Zealand at 151/8. The rookie picked up her fourth and final wicket in her next over, pinging Leigh Kasperek (10) in front before Farrant (1/23) wrapped up the match by removing Tahuhu (4).

The two teams next meet on Tuesday.


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