Women’s Ashes: Tammy Beaumont’s century goes in vain as Aussies take an unassailable lead of 2-0 against England

Opening bat Tammy Beaumont’s century went in vain as England failed to defend 217 in the second ODI of the Ashes series against Australia on Thursday at Leicester. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, England would have like to put a score over 250, but the regular fall of wickets did not help their cause. Beaumont (114) was the lone warrior scoring more than half of the runs put up by her side. Delissa Kimmince was the star performer with the ball as she picked up a fifer giving away just 26 runs in 7.4 overs.

In reply, the visitors chased down the target in 45.2 overs keeping four wickets in hand. After the initial hiccups, the Aussies applied themselves well with Ellyse Perry (620) and Rachael Haynes (30) stitching a 53-run partnership to put their side in a comfortable position. However all was not lost for the hosts as they reduced Australia for 158-6 in 35.4 overs. With 60 runs to get and four wickets in hand, the match could have gone any way. But to Aussies’ delight Beth Mooney (43 not out) and Jess Jonassen (31 not out) played matured knocks to see their team home. With the ball, Anya Shrubsole was the pick of the bowlers as she scalped 3-47 in her eight overs.

Australia’s Delissa Kimmince bagged the Player of the Match award for her scintillating bowling performance.

After two ODIs, the defending champions Australia lead the points table 4-0. The two sides will lock horn against each other for the dead rubber on Sunday at Canterbury.

Brief Scores: England 217 all out in 47.4 overs (T Beaumont 114; D Kimmince 5-26) lost to Australia 218-6 in 45.2 overs (E Perry 62; A Shrubsole 3-47) by 4 wickets



Juilie Ballal (Cricket Journalist)

{Juilie has represented Mumbai Women’s Cricket Team, She is also an IIT’ian}