England complete ODI series win over New Zealand with 123-run victory

• England lead three-game series 2-0 after success at Derby
• Tammy Beaumont hits 67 before England bowlers shine

England Women easily sealed their series win against New Zealand, winning the second one-day international by 123 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The player of the match Tammy Beaumont continued her incredible run of form, top-scoring with 67, while another clinical all-round performance from England’s bowlers ensured their opponents fell embarrassingly short of the target, bowled out for 118 in 38 overs as Sophie Ecclestone and Katie George finished with three wickets apiece.

“It is really great to get the series win,” Beaumont said. “I’m having a lot of fun – I think that’s why I’m batting well at the minute. Our bowling unit has been exceptional the entire summer – we’ve played on some belting wickets for batting and our bowlers have stepped up every single time.”

It was the 19-year-old left-armer George who set up the New Zealand collapse, removing Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite in successive overs to leave New Zealand 26 for two in the fifth. While the full toss that Devine sent into the hands of Amy Jones at cover was not one for the highlights’ reel, the ball that got Satterthwaite certainly was, seaming into the left-hander to hit the top of her off stump.

By the time George struck again in the 30th over, her off-cutter breaking through the defences of Lea Tahuhu, the game was all over bar the shouting. In between times the New Zealand batting line-up had looked frankly bewildered against the spinners, Ecclestone’s first six-over spell yielding two wickets for seven runs. Of all New Zealand’s batting collapses on what is turning into proving a miserable tour of England, this was probably the worst.

The captain, Suzie Bates, said her side had “let themselves down”. She added: “We couldn’t get any partnerships together. We prepared well but there are no excuses for the way we have performed so far. We have to look at what we are doing and find a way to get better.”

Earlier, England had themselves been wobbling at 57 for two before Beaumont took control of the innings, demonstrating impeccable footwork as she took on the spinners, sending Leigh Kasperek’s third delivery of the day over the top of the umpire’s head on her way to a 76-ball 67.

Nat Sciver, with whom Beaumont shared a 57-run partnership, also continued her return to form with a half-century of her own, her first in ODIs since the World Cup final last July. “Nat and I put on a brilliant performance,” Beaumont said. “It is all about having a bit of a vibe with your partner.”

Beaumont was eventually dismissed leg-before by Jess Watkin – a third umpire review to ascertain whether the off-spinner had overstepped failing to save the England batsman – while Sciver fell to a breathtaking one-handed catch from Bates, snatched out of mid-air at mid-off. But, while neither could push on to a big score, on a slow pitch their runs ultimately proved plenty.

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