Read Raf Nicholson's match report
So, England go into the third and final ODI with all the pressure and none of the points. Pluses - their batting at the tail can only get better, they lost 6-34 at the end, and Tammy Beaumont should be buzzing with that first Ashes hundred. Australia are proving that, surprise, surprise, they’re a force to be reckoned with, and they’re only warming up. Thanks for your emails, especially those of you clocking in during the night hours. Good night!
Meg Lanning: “It was about being disciplined and composed under pressure and I thought Ellyse Perry batted really well and so did Beth Mooney at the end.”
And the player of the match is ... Delissa Kimmince for her career best five for 26.
“I think it was a frustrating one. I thought Tammy played outstandingly on a slow wicket, and if we’d had someone who’d stayed with her we’d have pushed it up to 250 and beyond. We tried to put a bit of pressure on them with the ball and we did outstandingly well taking early wickets, but those two at the end batted well. We need to be a bit smarter with the bat. We’re going to have to debrief quite quickly and turn it around very quickly.”
A clinical Australian performance. England can be grateful to a wonderful century by Tammy Beaumont, her first against Australia, which propped up the batting and deserved more. With the ball, England didn’t quite have the incisiveness against the quality of Perry, Mooney, Haynes and Lanning. The batting line-up that never ends.
Australia have now won the first two ODI matches, which gives them a 4-0 lead in the series. One ODI, a Test and the T20s to go. Next? Canterbury on Sunday.
AUSTRALIA WIN BY FOUR WICKETS!
With 28 balls spare.Not flawless, but efficient, and clever.
45th over: Australia 215-6 (Jonassen 29, Mooney 42) Cross comes back and Mooney drives her up and gloriously over extra cover. The crowd pack up their picnics and wander away.
Australia need three to win off five overs.
44th over: Australia 208-6 (Jonassen 29, Mooney 36) Ecclestone bravely throws it up. Australia potter through for a couple of singles. And the fifty stand comes up.
Australia need ten to win.
Ah Graham. Hello!!
Doesn’t seem to be working out. How can Australia fail? Brunt yelling “chunder” before every delivery?
By the way, if Freddie Truman was your dad’s childhood hero … I am older by a generation. I hope we win the test and the T20s, of course.
How come so few emails? It is very exciting … well it was until Australia came back after being substituted by Austria. We were in with a shout.
I don’t know what everyone’s doing. It’s been fun. Thank you my loyal emailers. WHERE ARE YOU PEOPLE?
43rd over: Australia 206-6 (Jonassen 28, Mooney 35) Katherine Brunt is the last throw of the dice. She stops the flow of boundaries, but Australia jog through for four singles. Anyone got a miracle up their sleeve?
Australia need 12 from 41 balls.
42nd over: Australia 202-6 (Jonassen 26, Mooney 33) Mooney top-edges Ecclestone’s first ball but it descends between the clutching fingers of three fielders. Jonassen goes for a similar shot next ball, but executes it much better and it soars one bounce over long on to the rope. A shake of singles and Australia are cruising now. They need 16 from 48 balls.
41st over: Australia 195-6 (Jonassen 21, Mooney 31) Marsh bowls a more tidy over, and though the ball is hitting the fielders now, Australia still run eager singles. Five from the over, no risks, no bother.
Australia need 23 from 54 balls.
40th over: Australia 190-6 (Jonassen 19, Mooney 28) We’re back to dibble-dabble strokes from Australia as Shrubsole regains some authority. Just two off the over.
Australia need 28 from 60 balls and it all depends if Australia make the same hash of the end of their innings as England did.
39th over: Australia 188-6 (Jonassen 18, Mooney 27) A pricey over from Laura Marsh - eleven off it. Mooney has itchy feet and lofts her up and over extra cover and through the off side.
Australia need 30 off 66 balls.
38th over: Australia 177-6 (Jonassen 12, Mooney 22) A ruddy-faced Shrubsole thunders in. She’s been the most expensive of the bunch, but has a Bothamesque ability to take wickets from both brilliance and bathos. Mooney slog-sweeps her for four, then a handful of singles.
Australia need 41 off 72 balls.
37th over: Australia 169-6 (Jonassen 10, Mooney 16) Two fours from Sophie Ecclestone’s over as she strays uncharacteristically wild. A little wide and Jonassen directs her past third man, then again through the covers.
36th over: Australia 159-6 (Jonassen 1, Mooney 15) An intriguing game now, as the swingometer inches over from Australia to England.
WICKET! Gardener b Shrubsole 13
A cross-seamed tortoise-paced ball from Shrubsole bowls Gardener, who was attempting to drive her. Big relief there for Shrubsole who dropped her in the previous over.
35th over: Australia 155-5 (Gardener 12, Mooney 13) A good over for Australia. Ecclestone still causing problems but two boundaries, one awkward, ugly, four between midwicket and mid-on, and a gorgeous extra-cover drive.
34th over: Australia 146-5 (Gardener 8, Mooney 8) Shrubsole bowls full and on the stumps, Gardener whips her for four. Then, a howler. Gardener pushes back at Shrubsole who somehow lets the ball fall through her fingers. She gets a consoling pat from Knight and Jones but is mouthdownturningly miserable about that.
33rd over: Australia 140-5 (Gardener 2, Mooney 8) Brunt marches with intent. She does everything with intent. Gardner watches carefully, showing the face of her bat. She swings round at the last ball of the over, a shorter ball, which she pulls down for a single.
32nd over: Australia 138-5 (Gardener 1, Mooney 8) The breakthrough of the match for England. It feels like it is advantage England now
At 31.3 overs (the fall of the wicket) England were 144-4; Australia were 136-5. Swings and roundabouts.
WICKET! Perry c Jones b Shrubsole 62
A terrible wide nothing that Perry stands still to, stretches for, and gets the lightest of touches on. Even Shrubsole looks embarrassed. But that is a vital breakthrough for England - Perry was in sparkling form.
31st over: Australia 132-4 ( Perry 58, Mooney 7) A ripple of applause as Katherine Brunt serves her appointed time prowling in the deep and is thrown the ball again. Six off the over, one a leg-side loosener that Perry helps on its way to the boundary. Thanks vey much
Australia need 86 from 19 overs at 4.25.
30th over: Australia 126-4 ( Perry 53, Mooney 6) That’s a super shot by Perry to bring up her fifty. She squared up and just pinged the ball past mid-on, straight and hard. She raises her bat and smiles, blond ponytail poking out of the back of her helmet.
That hundred came from 72 balls, and included seven fours.
29th over: Australia 119-4 ( Perry 48, Mooney 4) England keeping Perry waiting for her fifty. Three singles off Marsh’s over, including an inelegant sweep by Mooney that catches the glove and might have been a possible run-out had the throw hit.
28th over: Australia 116-4 ( Perry 47, Mooney 2) Two off Cross’s over and three emails! Untold riches. Oh: they all say the same thing - I have Austria playing in the Ashes. Thanks Jordan, Nick and Martin!
27th over: Austria 114-4 ( Perry 46, Mooney 1) A vital wicket there for Marsh, but Haynes is replaced by another left hander in Mooney. This Australian batting line-up is long but, number by number, England are getting there.
WICKET! Haynes c and b Marsh 30
The breakthrough England needed. A leading edge back to the delighted bowler and England reap the rewards for frustrating Haynes. A partnership with Perry of 53.
26th over: Austria 110-3 ( Perry 44, Haynes 29) The sun has disappeared now at Grace Road and the floodlights are on, a nonsensical rule means they have to be switched on for the second innings, no ifs, no buts. In England in midsummer? Seems daft not to be able to use your initiative, and a terrible waste of electricity. Just two off that Cross over. Tick, tock.
Katherine Brunt was off the field for about half an hour so won’t be able to bowl again till about quarter to eight.
Graham writes again:
Everyone is younger than me. But in case you do not know the word “chunder,” it is a peculiarly Aussie term popularised by Barry Humphries in his Private Eye cartoon Barry McKenzie. Origins are earlier, but it is a euphemism for the contents of ones stomach after a calamitous regurgitation. Sorry for lowering the tone.
Banana is a good call.
I bet I’m older than you. Chunder is a great word. But I’m not sure vomit yellow is quite fair....
25th over: Austria 110-3 ( Perry 44, Haynes 29) Laura Marsh, red soled shoes, flights it and Haynes gets in a tangle, pads over boots. Just a couple from that one. Nice over.
24th over: Austria 108-3 ( Perry 40, Haynes 29) Sciver has bowled well but with the odd loose ball every over. And it happens again. A short one that Perry sends dismissively on its way.
And Australia are half way to their target, after 24 overs.
23rd over: Austria 102-3 ( Perry 36, Haynes 29) Haynes squints through the bars of her helmet at Laura Marsh, watches, watches, then takes two steps down the pitch and drives just to the side of the stumps for four. She smiles, pleased. And so she should be. Gorgeous.
22nd over: Austria 94-3 ( Perry 34, Haynes 23) Nat Sciver, hair in a bun, complete action, scampers in . Her second ball is a shorter ball and Haynes deposits it through midwicket for four. A few more scrambled runs and Australia are ticking over.
21st over: Austria 86-3 ( Perry 32, Haynes 17). And England keep it tight again, just one off Marsh’s over. Something will give soon, what will it be? And there is Katherine Brunt back on the field. Phew!
20th over: Austria 85-3 ( Perry 31, Haynes 17) Nat Sciver, who looks like the type of schoolgirl who was good at everything AND nice, takes the ball. Full of energy, but Perry’s eyes light up to her second ball and sends it spinning back through the covers for four.
And off the pitch, we see Katherine Brunt in a yellow bib, perhaps banana, galloping from side to side. The odd grimace, but it’s obviously not too bad. Perhaps a twisted ankle? (aside: don’t trust me, I’m not a doctor).
19th over: Austria 79-3 ( Perry 26, Haynes 16) Ah Rachael Haynes, that was gorgeous. A drive off Marsh through mid off for four. The sublime is nearly followed by the ridiculous as Perry and Haynes try to run each other out. But the England throw wasn’t accurate enough to milk their mistakes.
18th over: Austria 74-3 ( Perry 25, Haynes 10) Just two off Ecclestone’s over as Australia struggle to pin point the boundary. Patient? Impatient? We shall see.
17th over: Austria 72-3 ( Perry 25, Haynes 10) Laura Marsh, bowling in sunnies. Not Chris Gayle wide boy sunnies, just your bog standard sporty numbers. Haynes looks desperate to twinkle down the pitch but restrains herself. A good over apart from when she strays a little leg side. Tim Robinson, looking grizzled, signals wide.
16th over: Austria 71-3 ( Perry 25, Haynes 10) Long shadows stretching over the field as Ecclestone bowls her fourth over. She’s quick through these overs - have some compassion Sophie! Rachel Haynes jigs forward and lifts her high and handsome for six. And that’s drinks.
15th over: Austria 62-3 ( Perry 24, Haynes 2) Laura Marsh comes on where Brunt came off and Australia only scuttle through for a couple.
England will desperately miss Brunt, who bowled four overs, taking one for 16 before she went off. If she doesn’t come back, England will have to somehow muddle through, a bowler down.
14th over: Australia 61-3 ( Perry 24, Haynes 1) Just two from Ecclestone’s over. Lovely stuff.
13th over: Australia 59-3 ( Perry 23, Haynes o) Brunt limps off with the strength and conditioning coach on one arm and the physio on the other. Hope she’ll be ok. She was walking gingerly, but walking. A great wicket though, a super ball, and Lanning was done over by the speed - or lack of it. The average partnership between Perry and Lanning before today was a hundred. Not anymore!
WICKET! Lanning b Brunt 18
A slower ball gets the gun! Lanning gets an edge and the bails go flying. But Brunt goes down flat on the ground. This doesn’t look good. An ankle? Hamstring?
12th over: Australia 56-2 ( Perry 21, Lanning 17) Ecclesstone bowls with a tangle of arms, as if she’s using one of those old fashioned hand-whisks with a turning circle. She flights it, tempting the bats, who are watchful. Just a couple of singles from the over
11th over: Australia 54-2 ( Perry 20, Lanning 16) Brunt and England keep it tight, frustrating Perry and Lanning who like to deal in boundaries. I just get the feeling they’re going to want to hit out soon.
10th over: Australia 51-2 ( Perry 19, Lanning 14) Perry is watchful as Knight turns to Ecclestone. She’s on her toes straight away, but is unable to get her away. Ecclestone in sunglasses, her long ponytail dancing down her back, has a maiden to start. End of the powerplay.
9th over: Australia 51-2 ( Perry 19, Lanning 14) A super over from Brunt. Dot to dot from one to four. Then a wide. Then Perry angles her bat and guides the ball into the offside and the Aussies scamper through for two quick and determined singles. That’s the fifty up at the close of the ninth over.
Abhijato Sensarma again:
“Of course we can! As a matter of fact, in my entire club cricket career, the strongest and most skilled all-rounder who attended our coaching was a girl (she was a classical runner between the wickets too!) I remain in awe of her till this day, and cite this song as a point of reference to the legendary she’s... Cheers gals, you rock!”
8th over: Australia 48-2 ( Perry 19, Lanning 12) Perry swings at Cross’s first ball and misses. Point to Cross. Then she dollies up a half volley and Perry needs little temptation and it crosses the rope with a twang. Banana or gold, Perry is class.
7th over: Australia 44-2 ( Perry 15, Lanning 12) Heather Knight scratches her cap and throws the ball to Katherine Brunt who marches with military precision to her mark. But Perry doffs her cap to no-one, nudging the first ball down to the boundary where Laura Marsh just fails to cut it off.
OB Jato is in poetic mode: “Vague drives are the death of precision, yet the birth of simultaneous lazy excellence and frustration depending on whether the concerned individual pulls off the shot or not.”
A metaphor for life OB?
6th over: Australia 37-2 ( Perry 10, Lanning 10) England struggling to keep Australia from bubbling over here. Another four from Lanning screams “look at me”
5th over: Australia 32-2 ( Perry 6, Lanning 9) Now Lanning gets in on the act, a square drive, lovely, through the covers, brmmm, brmmm, for four.
Abhijato Sensarma writes in with An ode to all the batsmen I’ve ever batted with:
“I shouldn’t call you in this daze/ Yeah this flick’s made me brave/ The pitch is still the comfort, the chase/ I shouldn’t call you in this daze
‘Cause I know that this is not the only one/ Which is tryna be this partnership’s only one/ Don’t want you in the danger zone but out of sight/ If you let this be our only one/ There will never be a lonely run/ I can’t go on hoping the fielder doesn’t throw with his right
Stand by/ There’s a million other singles on offer tonight/ You know I could have a safe one if I like/ Yeah you ain’t gon’ run to save me/ That’s no lie/ I can’t stay on/ Stand By!
(The ‘oh’s featured in the original song’s chorus are to be replaced by the quintessential club cricketer’s “No! No! No!” while denying a single :)
We can change those he’s to she’s just for today?
4th over: Australia 26-2 ( Perry 8, Lanning 1) Perry knows how to turn disappointment into crushing disappointment in a single stroke, a drive through midwicket off Kate Cross sighs prettily over the rope the ball after the stumping review.
Perry’s foot seems to rest almost exactly on the white line at the crucial moment. A fine bit of work by Warwickshire’s Amy Jones, but Perry survives by a big toe.
REVIEW! A stumping chance against Ellyse Perry
England look confident as the umpires consider the review... We look at the replay from the side and the back...
3rd over: Australia 17-2 ( Perry 0, Lanning 0) Two big banana inswingers from Anya Shrubsole, but Healy drives the second straight down the ground for four. Then a wide. And another one. Yikes, Healy looking ominous. But Shrubsole has always possessed the ability to conjure important wickets from nothing. And does it again!
WICKET! Healy c Wyatt b Shrubsole 9
The danger woman goes! A vague drive to Danni Wyatt at backward point is well caught by Wyatt perching on her knees.
2nd over: Australia 11-1 (Healy 5, Lanning 0) Kate Cross on the money straight away. An energetic run up, long too. She bristles with the ball, and Bolton couldn’t resist. Lanning carefully plays back her first two deliveries.
WICKET! Bolton c Jones b Cross 1
A lovely tidy catch by Amy Jones as Bolton drives loosely at a wide one from Cross.
1st over: Australia 9-0 (Healy 4, Bolton 0) Not a great start with five wides from Shrubsole who is straying legside. Then Healy turns another wide one down past fine leg for four.
The players are out...
can England restrict this dangerous Australian batting line up? Anya Shrubsole to bowl the first over.
A reminder of the teams for those of you joining us late. Australia are unchanged, England are without Sarah Taylor, resting with an ankle niggle. Danni Wyatt replaces her.
England: Tammy Beaumont, Amy Jones (w), Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Fran Wilson, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Marsh, Kate Cross.
Australia: Nicole Bolton, Alyssa Healy (w), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt.
Not sure if they’re borrowing the World Cup win predictor for the women’s ashes. I’d guess: 60:40 Australia today?
But Raf Nicholson has watched a lot of women’s cricket and she points out that this would have been a winning total on Tuesday.
Graham is keen to nail the Australian colours:
“Australians seem very exercised when their uniform is called yellow and green, insisting it is gold and green. If you ever see a piece of jewellery that colour, keep walking. I wonder what would be the best moniker for the colour? Canary, buttercup, primrose, maize, chunder yellow? If you want to call it gold you have to change it to something like the San Francisco 49ers or New Orleans Saints. “
Chunder? Graham! I like buttercup. Banana is also good. Frank Keating once memorably called Wisden, “the annual primrose doorstep.” Personally, I prefer yellow to gold and was slightly disappointed ten years ago when my husband told me he had bought a yellow car and then arrived in a gold one. I never admitted it though.
Thanks Adam and hi everyone! Looks like a beautiful July afternoon at Grace Road, T-shirts and shadows, but England won’t be too pleased with that collapse of four for six at the end. Still, better than a collapse at the top of the order, which is what they conjured up for the first ODI.
Tammy Beaumont was chuffed to bits when interviewed at the break. Honest too: “The pitch was a little bit slow and we were a bit lucky with a few loose balls early on.”
Beaumont brilliant but Australia too good. The most important component to a big ODI innings is partnerships and England never did that, their highest 65 between Beaumont and Knight for the second wicket. There was no collapse (until the end), rather, each time they had Austalia under pressure a bowling change was made by Lanning a wicket fell and the stand and Beaumont had to start again.
The opener was outstanding in tallying her first Ashes ton and sixth in ODIs. She could not have done any more to keep the board ticking, getting to the mark at better than a run a ball. What a fantastic player she has been over the last three years. “It is the best innings she has played for England,” says Charlotte Edwards.
So, can Australia chase with more authority than they did on Tuesday? Can England hang on there with the ball and take advantage of bowling second on a used pitch? For that, stick around with Tanya Aldred to find out. Bye for now!
ENGLAND ALL-OUT 217! WICKET! (Cross c Jonassen b Kimmince 0)
Five for Kimmince! A superb shift by the seamer, claiming the third best figures for an Australian against England in ODIs. She leads Australia from the field with 5/26 from her 7.4 overs. In the process, she’s torn this England innings apart. The fifth was Kate Cross, picked up first ball giving catching practice to point. Great job.
WICKET! Marsh c Gardner b Kimmince 2 (England 217-9)
Marsh tries to go long down the ground but doesn’t get much of it, caught at long off by Gardner. That’s four for Kimmince, who is deservedly cashing in.
47th over: England 216-8 (Ecclestone 3, Marsh 2) It was this pair who put on a decent stand of 38 in the final handful of overs on Tuesday, Ecclestone the far more likely of the two to find or clear the boundary. But with Schutt on, they are going to have to get resourceful or back their eye. They do neither in this over, Ecclestone looking to clear the front leg but not getting the ball she needs. Excellent from the Australian opening bowler, who has been faultless today.
WICKET! Shrubsole c Mooney b Kimmince 12 (England 212-8)
Kimminceis getting just reward for an excellent afternoon at the bowling crease, Shrubsole her second wicket in the over when top edging high in the air, Mooney taking the straightforward chance at midwicket.
46th over: England 212-8 (Ecclestone 1, Marsh 0)
WICKET! Brunt st Healy b Kimmince 11 (England 211-7)
Clever from Kimmince, sending it wide when Brunt dances before the ball is bowled. Healy did the rest, getting a good look to complete the classy stumping.
45th over: England 210-6 (Brunt 11, Shrubsole 11) Schutt has three left and they can’t get her away either. Brunt advances to the final ball and makes solid enough contact to long-off but Mooney makes a brilliant diving one-handed stop in front of our press box position to ensure that they can’t get four for it. When Beaumont was there, 270 was within reach. Now? They’ll be very pleased with 250-odd.
44th over: England 204-6 (Brunt 9, Shrubsole 9) Kimmince again giving away very little: singles down the ground starting the over off the front foot, singles out to cover ending it off the back foot. In common is at no point did they get a chance to free the arms and attack the rope without a fair degree of risk. Lanning should just bowl out Kimmince here, I reckon. Especially given that Perry has been ropey.
43rd over: England 199-6 (Brunt 7, Shrubsole 6) Despite the fact that this pair can both hit the ball a long way, they are happy enough building in the smaller denominations here, the sweeper at cover the preference. It might be time for Brunt to take a few risks and bosh it about with Ecclestone able to replace her if it doesn’t work out.
42nd over: England 195-6 (Brunt 4, Shrubsole 5) Kimmince is having a brilliant day, really showing her worth as a change bowler in this side. It wasn’t for nothing that she held her nerve at number nine the other night, too. Clever cricketer.
41st over: England 193-6 (Brunt 3, Shrubsole 4) The start of happy hour, sent down by Wareham who has a bit of work today in this final ten. She’s bowled aggressively so far, which is to be commended. Brunt and Shrubsole, both still playing themselves in, are happy to take the singles on offer square of the wicket.
40th over: England 188-6 (Brunt 1, Shrubsole 1) The long-term opening bowling partners, Brunt and Shrubsole, are together now with bat in hand. The former has been just as important with her runs as her wickets over the last couple of years. She can’t get Jonassen away here though, the successful over worth only three.
WICKET! Beaumont b Jonassen 114 (England 187-6)
Two in two overs! And it is the big one: Beaumont. She edges onto her stumps when going for the reverse sweep. The opener receives warm congratulations from the Australian players when walking off, marking the end of an outstanding hand.
39th over: England 185-5 (Beaumont 112, Brunt 1) Beaumont nearly run out! An excellent pressure over by Schutt, who has barely done a thing wrong across these two games so far. Back to the run out chance, Brunt tipped and ran to point, Beaumont en route before getting sent back. She was gone with a direct hit.
WICKET! Wyatt c Healy b Schutt 25 (England 183-5)
Excellent cricket by Schutt and Healy: the bowler finding the edge, taken by the ‘keeper up to the stumps. Perhaps a tad close for Wyatt to using the horizontal bat.
38th over: England 183-4 (Beaumont 111, Wyatt 25) Ping! Wyatt comes down the track at Jonassen who had her under control until the penultimate ball of this over, creating a half-volley and smashing it for four down the ground. Going again, I think she’s steered that through the slips but it might have been off the edge, either way - three are added making eight from the over and 33 in the last five.
37th over: England 175-4 (Beaumont 110, Wyatt 18) I’m advised that Beaumont’s century is the first by an England player since ODIs were incorporated into the Women’s Ashes. You’ll see that in all of our copy later tonight, I suspect. Six from Schutt’s new over, her sixth of the innings, all in ones an twos.
36th over: England 169-4 (Beaumont 109, Wyatt 13) Gardner goes again and after the set pair set up the over with a couple of singles, Beaumont busts out the reverse sweep and nails it just wide of the fielder at backward point. A couple of further singles to finish makes another over worth eight. They’re on track for a very healthy total here, especially if Beaumont can last another half an hour or so.
35th over: England 161-4 (Beaumont 103, Wyatt 11) Charlotte Edwards on the TV notes that the job for Beaumont is to go BIG now, which she has once before against Pakistan in 2016 down at Taunton. Wyatt is making the running against Perry here though, hammering the second ball of her new spell past point for four.
Tammy Beaumont moves to her sixth ODI century!
34th over: England 154-4 (Beaumont 101, Wyatt 7) Beaumont is back on strike via a Wyatt single and the crowd go wild, confusing the pair. But now they get a chance to cheer, Beaumont tucking Gardner for the run she needs to bring up her first Ashes ton. “Come on!” roars the pocket-rocket opener. What a fine innings this has been, raising the hundred in 99 balls, striking 11 boundaries along the way.
33rd over: England 150-4 (Beaumont 99, Wyatt 5) Beaumont to 98 through midwicket and 99 in that diretion too. The 150 is raised when Wyatt gives her the strike back with one ball to go in the over... which she defends. DRINKS!
Catch up with Victor’s latest following England’s win in the men’s World Cup yesterday, ensuring their progress to the semi-finals next week.
32nd over: England 146-4 (Beaumont 97, Wyatt 3) Gardner is on to replace Kimmince. Beaumont is sweeping, Wyatt pushing, Beaumont scooping, Wyatt paddling. The board keeps ticking, England’s opener three short of a ton.
31st over: England 141-4 (Beaumont 95, Wyatt 0) A wicket slows England down, the sucessful Jonassen over on track for a wicket maiden until Beaumont retains the strike with a push through cover.
At Leeds, Afghanistan are making steady progress in pursuit of the Windies’ 311-6.
WICKET! Wilson c Gardner b Jonassen 8 (England 140-3)
Straight down deep square leg’s throat! Given how many sweeps these two have been playing, it was highly probable that the shot would get one of them. It was a full-blooded strike of the ball, but Gardner didn’t need to move a muscle.
30th over: England 140-3 (Beaumont 94, Wilson 8) Beaumont gets two from a clip off Kimmince, running hard for the second. Later in the over she plays a gorgeous square drive steered between the two fielders patrolling the backward point region. Just about the shot of the day for mine, that. It advances the opener to 94.
29th over: England 132-3 (Beaumont 87, Wilson 7) When spin is on, these two will sweep at every avaialble opportunity. They have the paddle, the conventional, the lap, the reverse. In addition to a couple of drives down the ground, five are added from Jonassen’s first over back after Beaumont hit her out of the attack earlier.
28th over: England 127-3 (Beaumont 84, Wilson 5) Kimmince is an outstanding middle-overs bowler, the perfect combination of accuracy and pace variation. It’s a great story behind her return to Australian colours after a long absence (which included working in a London pub for a time), and she’s really making it count.
27th over: England 125-3 (Beaumont 83, Wilson 4) Four singles off Wareham, all taken via sweeps to fine leg. Wilson, in particular, is known as a prolific sweeper, taking the mantle from Lydia Greenway as the best in this England side when the World Cup winner retired a couple of summers ago. She was out sweeping on Tuesday, given leg before off her glove. Sure enough, that caused quite a stir: why isn’t there DRS in this series? The technology is here, they saw it on the big screen.
26th over: England 121-3 (Beaumont 81, Wilson 2) Excellent from Kimmince, through another accurate over giving up just three. She’s very hard to hit from nagging line just on the off-stump, mixing up her speeds along the way.
25th over: England 118-3 (Beaumont 78, Wilson 2) Wilson has to dive to make her ground when Beaumont takes a quick single. The stumps weren’t broken, otherwise she would have been in strife. But the near miss doesn’t deter the opener, who moves through the 70s with a crisp conventional sweep to the rope.
24th over: England 109-3 (Beaumont 71, Wilson 0) A successful over, Lanning again rewarded with a wicket in the over where she made a change. Kimmince got the nod ahead of Nicola Carey for these ODIs and has looked the part so far.
Meanwhile in men’s World Cup land, Plunkett wants the final on free TV. I’m sure the players all think that, but it is interesting that he would actually say it.
WICKET! Sciver lbw b Kimmince 15 (England 109-3)
Sciver plays across the line and pays the price for missing the ball, struck on the back pad. That was good enough for the umpire, who didn’t hesitate.
23rd over: England 106-2 (Beaumont 69, Sciver 14) Warhem begins her second spell from the Bennett/Curzon Rd/Broadcast end, her first three overs going for 0/16. Beaumont is dancing at her straight away, Sciver doing likewise when she gets on strike, winning a misfield out of Mooney at mid-off due to how hard she hits it.
22nd over: England 103-2 (Beaumont 67, Sciver 13) Sciver brings up the England 100, starting the new Gardner over with one behind square. Beaumont then paddle sweeps another single before Sciver picks out the midwicket sweeper. They’re risk-free runs, even when the reverse sweep is busted out later in the over.
21st over: England 99-2 (Beaumont 65, Sciver 11) Better from Perry, keeping Beaumont quiet early in the over. The opener plays a fine square drive through the gap that would have been four if not for an assured diving stop from Schutt. To finish, another dive is required - this time by Wareham - to again deny a boundary.
20th over: England 94-2 (Beaumont 61, Sciver 10) That’s Sciver’s jam, dancing down at Gardner from around the wicket and driving over mid-on for her first four. With four other singles around the sweepers, it’s another good over.
19th over: England 86-2 (Beaumont 59, Sciver 4) Good start for Beaumont, driving through the gap at cover for three. In response, Perry attacks the stumps but it ends up a full toss, the opener helping it along for four. The Australian attack-leader has not been at her best so far today.
18th over: England 77-2 (Beaumont 51, Sciver 3) Beaumont laps the first ball of Gardner’s fresh over, bringing up her half-century from 44 deliveries, striking eight boundaries along the way. Only couple further singles come from it, though. Gardner was Australia’s most frugal bowler here during the 2017 World Cup.
17th over: England 74-2 (Beaumont 49, Sciver 2) Perry returns to the attack, replacing Wareham. Beaumont plays her with respect, happy with a single to cover. Sciver, with one ball to deal with, needs to get low to a ball that doesn’t get up but keeps it out safely. Beaumont is one away from raising her bat.
16th over: England 73-2 (Beaumont 48, Sciver 2) Sciver was superb on Tuesday. She’s off the mark first ball here today with a couple behind square. Of course, this is where she made her towering maiden ODI ton during the 2017 World Cup. Great change from Lanning to get Gardner on just as the previous pair were getting busy.
WICKET! Knight c Haynes b Gardner 17 (England 70-2)
Gardner strikes with her third ball! Brought in to replace Jonassen, Knight tried to take the off-spinner long and straight after dancing down the track but miscued the stroke, the ball flying high into the air, taken easily by Haynes at mid-off.
15th over: England 69-1 (Beaumont 46, Knight 17) You can’t bowl full tosses at Tammy Beaumont, the opener hitting a four from the first ball of the over for the third time on the bounce. She really is flying now, striking at nearly 130.
14th over: England 62-1 (Beaumont 40, Knight 16) Beaumont is go! She begins the Jonassen over with a loft over mid-off for four, landing just inside the rope. That’s the way to go after a spinner, doing it early in the set. She goes again from the second ball, punching through cover and timing it so well that it runs away for four more. The 50-partnership is raised with it. Fine batting. Of course, after failing cheaply in the first ODI last home summer, she hit back to back tons against South Africa. Of course, now I’ve mentioned this she’ll get out straight away.
13th over: England 53-1 (Beaumont 31, Knight 16) Better from Wareham, who has found her length nice and early. I’m enjoying how much air she is giving. I’ve no time for leggies who rush it through. Give me risk/reward, thanks very much.
12th over: England 49-1 (Beaumont 29, Knight 14) Beaumont is going again at Jonassen early in the over, this time on the cut first ball behind for her fifth boundary. A couple of further singles makes another healthy over. After the early wicket and slow start against Schutt, the England base is now building very nicely.
11th over: England 43-1 (Beaumont 24, Knight 13) The leggie Wareham is on for her first go and it takes Beaumont only only two balls to get resourceful, deflecting expertly through the vacant third man for four. Giving it plenty of air, the opener is playing watchfully before tucking one to keep the strike.
10th over: England 38-1 (Beaumont 19, Knight 13) Spin for the final over of the first power play, via left-armer Jess Jonassen. Singles are exchanged early in the over to the sweeper at cover. Given a bit more depth later in the set, Knight uses the crease and crunches behind point for four. Shot. Jonassen bounces back though, slipping a straight one past the captain’s inside edge. They’re up for leg before but the appeal is turned down. Of course, we have no DRS in this series. Grrrrr.
9th over: England 32-1 (Beaumont 18, Knight 8) Schutt oversteps first up, which is most unusual. Beaumont gets a fair of the free hit but not quite enough to reach the rope, a diving stop from Lanning denying the fourth. The skipper wouldn’t be denied getting a boundary of her own later in the over though, Knight creaming an overpitched delivery through extra cover for four. Nice, positive batting.
8th over: England 23-1 (Beaumont 15, Knight 3) Beaumont takes one to third man early. Perry is up for leg before to Knight but it is quickly turned down. The captain picks out the fielders on the circle a couple of times but is unable to pick the gap.
Speaking of the captain. ‘Heather’s Pride’ took place last week, which was a competition where letters/videos were sent in by kids explaining why they should get a training session with England. By all reports, it was a lovely day. Here are the competition winners alongside Knight, Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole.
7th over: England 22-1 (Beaumont 14, Knight 3) Beaumont takes a run off Schutt after a couple of maidens from her end, on the front foot to mid-on. Knight grabs a couple around the corner to get her moving in the right direction. These two have an even bigger job ahead of them than usual today with Sarah Taylor missing.
6th over: England 19-1 (Beaumont 13, Knight 1) Beaumont leaps onto a short and wide delivery, cutting her third boundary off Perry. She’s then down the other end via a steered single to third man. Good batting. They’re giving the home skipper nothing when she’s on strike, Knight again playing out the remainder of the set.
5th over: England 14-1 (Beaumont 8, Knight 1) Schutt is bowling into a shoebox. It isn’t always easy to get into that groove early as a swing bowler but it is exactly what the South Australian has done early on here. Knight is forced to make a good decision from each delivery, and does, playing out another maiden.
4th over: England 14-1 (Beaumont 8, Knight 1) Perry gives Beaumont a full toss on her pads and she makes no mistake putting it away through square leg to get off the mark. She makes it two boundaries in the over from the final delivery, crashing a half-volley through cover. Beaumont’s away.
3rd over: England 6-1 (Beaumont 0, Knight 1) Schutt is right on the money here, bouncing in after that familiar squat at the top of her mark, ala Rubel Hossain from the Bangladesh men’s team. A maiden it is, Knight in defence throughout.
2nd over: England 6-1 (Beaumont 0, Knight 1) Such a poor start for Jones, who has had a brilliant nine months or so. This is the series she has been longing to play in and dominate. She’ll have to wait for Sunday now. Earlier in the over, she picked up a boundary off Perry’s first ball down to fine leg. With Taylor missing, the captain Heather Knight shuffles up to No3. She was out first ball to Perry on Tuesday, lbw, but is off the mark first up today, with a tuck behind square.
WICKET! Jones c Bolton b Perry 5 (England 5-1)
Back to back soft dismissals for Jones, chipping a catch to midwicket.
1st over: England 1-0 (Jones 0, Beaumont 0) Tidy from Schutt to begin, line and length to Jones who is happy to get her eye in with the full face of the blade in defence. She is off the mark from the final delivery down to fine leg for the easiest of singles. Plug Schutt’s column again? I will. The discussion about how the Australian dressing room has changed from 2017 is really interesting.
The players are on the field! Megan Schutt has the ball in her hand, running away from us at the the broadcast or Bennett end. Amy Jones will be facing the first ball, Tammy Beaumont opening the batting with her. PLAY!
It is an ankle niggle. Official word from the England team: “Sarah Taylor injured her ankle in the first ODI and hasn’t recovered in time to play today.”
Dave Lawrence opening up on the emails. “Greetings! Looking forward to another exciting Ashes ODI.” Good afternoon to you. Let’s hope for a high-scoring thriller. “Re: the multi-format series, would you not rather see a higher points weighting for the Test Match and lesser for the T20s? Or perhaps an extra test with one fewer of each of the limited overs formats?”
My fix: ODIs 3, Test 5 (two each for a draw), T20s 2. Reduces the likelihood of an even scoreline and reflects the fact that winning an ODI is harder than a T20.
Those teams in full
England: Tammy Beaumont, Amy Jones (w), Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Fran Wilson, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Marsh, Kate Cross.
Australia: Nicole Bolton, Alyssa Healy (w), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt.
England win the toss and bat
“It is important that we move on quite quickly,” she says. “I asked for some fight in the last game after the bad start we had, which was brilliant. But not enough.”
Sarah Taylor is out. She has a niggle. Danni Wyatt comes into the XI for her. Amy Jones will ‘keep for England, as she does whenever Taylor misses out.
Meg Lanning says that Australia would also have batted too “but we’re comfortable chasing whatever they set us.” They are unchanged from Tuesday.
Sarah Taylor is not warming up
In front of my OBO position, the England superstar ‘keeper hasn’t got the gloves on and doesn’t appear to be warming up. We’ll find out what’s going on there at the toss in a couple of minutes.
Welcome to Leicester for the second Women’s Ashes ODI! It’s a glorious day here at Grace Road, where surely the successful captain at the toss will bat. It is a used pitch as well - the same strip that was played on when Australia got over the line by two wickets on Tuesday - so it will doubtless take to turn as the day wears on.
The hosts were abysmal early with the bat in the series opener, slumping to 4/19 and eventually skittled for 177. All that stood between them and a double-digit tally was all-rounder Nat Sciver (64) and No10 Sophie Ecclestone (27 in 27 balls).
But to their credit, they clung on. As Megan Schutt says in her column, which I’ll post below, the reason why Australia value wins over England so highly is that Heather Knight’s side do not give up. When numbers nine and ten came together in Australia’s chase they still had 11 to get. Aside from Alyssa Healy (66), there was very little that was convincing about Australia’s chase. It sets today up well.
A reminder on how the multi-format points system before we get going: each of these three ODIs are worth two points, the standalone Test in Taunton later this month has four points on the line, the three T20s a further two to finish. It works quite nicely. As does the OBO when we talk throughout. Drop me a line! Hello!