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New Zealand v England: women’s second cricket ODI – live


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WICKET! Beaumont c Plimmer b Rowe 81 (England 152-5)

Beaumont throws it away! She rushes down, gets into a dreadful position, and rather than leave it along to try and get outside it to hit off side, she plays a tennis overhead that picks out mid on. There was no need for that, and NZ no have two new batters to work on.

34th over: England 152-4 (Beaumont 81, Wyatt 2) Kerr restores Rowe to her attack, and short, leg-side loosener is helped around the corner for a four that takes Beaumont to 80. A single brings Wyatt on to strike, and she again opens the face to get down the other end.

33rd over: England 152-4 (Beaumont 76, Wyatt 1) A bouncer, then Wyatt opens the face and sets off for a single. Tahuhu, running in hard, has Beaumont swiftly withdrawing the bat when one holds its line, then she comes down and forces two over the top followed by one square on the on side.

32nd over: England 148-4 (Beaumont 73, Wyatt 0) A bye, then Beaumont hauls Jonas around the corner and a misfield on the fence lets it through for four.

WICKET! Capsey st Gaze b Jonas 6 (England 143-4)

Jonas sees Capsey coming, tosses a bit wider, and Gaze takes it really well, swiping off the bails. Huge wicket!

32nd over: England 143-3 (Beaumont 69, Capsey 6) We’re all friends here, so I’ll level with you: I ate crisps and hummus at this late hour. Now that you ask. A single and a wide from the first three balls get us moving again…

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31st over: England 141-3 (Beaumont 68, Capsey 6) Beaumont swipes Tahuhu’s first delivery across the line for four and in comms, they wonder what England will be happy with. My sense is that they’ll feel confident of defending almost anything they get from here but will want 280, and they keep going at it, adding two ones and a two before Beaumont waits for one, wafting it high over backward point for four. Thirteen off the over and drinks.

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30th over: England 128-3 (Beaumont 56, Capsey 5) Jonas returns and Beaumont hauls her to wide long on for one, then Capsey scoops, falls, and runs one, laughing. Her partner, though, is starting to feel herself, carting a loose one to deep square for four, and what could be a crucial partnership is settling.

29th over: England 121-3 (Beaumont 50, Capsey4) Tahuhu returns and immediately, Beaumont turns her into the on side for her 19th ODI 50 for England; she has nine centuries and will, of course, fancy another. Insight like that is why they pay me the big bucks. Capsey then hits hard to midwicket for two, and she’s looking a little more settled now.

28th over: England 118-3 (Beaumont 49, Capsey 2) NZ have the strangle on, Capsey unable to get the ball away, so after three dots they snaffle one to mid off because the guess Tahuhu can’t field quickly enough. Bates and Kerr A then collide in the field running in from cover and cover point, but it’s all smiles as the batters run one.

27th over: England 116-3 (Beaumont 48, Capsey 1) Lovely turn and bounce from Kerr A, missing everything, and they run one, which is given as off the bat; in comes a slip. Capsey is in the team to hit the ball hard and far, but might feel, with so long still to go, that she needs to play herself in. Meantime, Kerr bowls nicely, Capsey turning one around the corner for one.

WICKET! Sciver-Brunt b Kerr J 2 (England 114-3)

Another slower-ball wicket! This time, Sciver-Brunt – who never looked comfy – is through the shot early, loses her off-bail, and NZ are doing nicely now.

26th over: England 114-2 (Beaumont 47, Sciver-Brunt 2) A pull in front of square on the off side earns Beaumont one, but you can sense she wants to be hitting bigger balls than that. A misfield then allows Sciver-Brunt a further single, a wide follows, then a tip-and-run adds another…

25th over: England 110-2 (Beaumont 45, Sciver-Brunt 1) Beaumont takes a single but again Sciver-Brunt can’t get away, picking out a fielder with her cut then coming down looking for a quick one that isn’t there. She does, though, then force the issue, Beaumont responds in kind, and that makes it three off another decent over.

24th over: England 107-2 (Beaumont 43, Sciver-Brunt 0) Sciver-Brunt feels due, but before we talk about her, that’s another decent knock from Knight. Otherwise, three dots end the over and if NZ can get another wicket quickly, that runs tally will look a little shy.

WICKET! Knight lbw b Kerr J 37 (England 107-2)

Great review and a clever delivery, taking pace off. Knight was there early, couldn’t get bat on ball, and was hit on the back pad, the ball headed for the top of middle-and-off. New Zealand needed that, badly.

24th over: England 107-1 (Beaumont 43, Knight 37) A single to Beaumont, then Knight flicks hard over midwicket for four. Next ball, though, she’s squared, rushed and cramped … takes it on the pad … not out says the umpire. Upstairs says Melie Kerr, and if there’s no bat involved I think this could be gone.

23rd over: England 102-1 (Beaumont 42, Knight 33) Melie Kerr continues, a pair of singles from her first two deliveries raising England’s hundred. Knight then pulls to wide long on for one more and another to Beaumont completes the over. It’s not been thirlling so far, but it has been effective.

22nd over: England 98-1 (Beaumont 40, Knight 31) Kerr J returns, and though I can see why she’s been brought back, I thought Jonas was bowling well. She cedes a single to Knight then a wide, before Beaumont pushes down the ground for one and the captain pulls to long on for one more.

21st over: England 94-1 (Beaumont 39, Knight 29) Another single to Beaumont, then Knight laps for two before a swipe outside off is fielded at backward point – and there’s also a point in. England are struggling to get the ball away or keep it away from fielders, though as I type and after one more for Knight, Beaumont cuts away and a misfield ensures she gets four. Eight off the over, the most costly in quite some time.

20th over: England 86-1 (Beaumont 34, Knight 26) Two dots then a wide, Jonas bowling outside off to an off-side field; Beaumont’s getting a little aggy with herself, coming down and edging into the pad as we learn a shower is not impossible. Finally, she forces away into the off side and they run a single; the NZ spinners are bowling nicely.

19th over: England 84-1 (Beaumont 33, Knight 26) Push and run from Knight, who sets off so early she makes it home in decent time. Beaumont’s thrash into the off side adds one more, and the scoring has slowed somewhat – but England will be much the happier of the sides given what they’ve got in the hutch.

18th over: England 82-1 (Beaumont 32, Knight 25) Beaumont comes down and Jonas does her in the flight, her eventual leading edge dropping just short of the fielder running in from cover. Naturally, the next ball goes for four … or does Plimmer haul it back on the slide? Oh, she does, a review shows it’s only three, and she’s having a really good day in the field. Three singles and a dot complete the over, Beaumont again misjudging the flight when facing its final delivery.

17th over: England 76-1 (Beaumont 28, Knight 23) Melie Kerr brings herself on cedes one from her first four balls without finding much in the way of turn. A further single follows, and that’s a decent start to a spell NZ are probably relying on to force something.

16th over: England 74-1 (Beaumont 27, Knight 22) Until now, England have kind of let Jonas bowl, so first ball after the break Knight gets down quick, hoisting four over the top. A single follows, then Beaumont does all she can to reach a wide one and can’t; wide, followed by another fractionally down the leg side. The batters then add a single apiece, and they’re in decent control here and know they’ve heavy artillery backing them up. NZ need a wicket.

15th over: England 65-1 (Beaumont 26, Knight 16) Another single then a high wide, before Knight cuts to cover and they push for two; well run and drinks.

NOT OUT!

Knight’s stretch was enough, just, but the painted line is thick.

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15th over: England 61-1 (Beaumont 24, Knight 15) Beaumont pushes and they look to steal a single, but a brilliant direct hit from Plimmer on the 45 and we go upstairs!

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14th over: England 60-1 (Beaumont 23, Knight 15) Beaumont forces around the corner for one, but Jonas is doing a decent job crowding the batters and cedes no further runs.

13th over: England 59-1 (Beaumont 22, Knight 15) Three dots from Tahuhu, then Knight adjusts feet really well to get inside the ball, driving through mid off for four; she’s in and in nick, and next delivery gets up high to open the face cross-batted, sending two away on the off side.

12th over: England 53-1 (Beaumont 22, Knight 9) Time for spin with Fran Jonas into the attack and Knight laps s her second ball over her shoulder for one, then Beaumont misses her attempt … but did she get an edge that Gaze misses? I think she did you know. Another lap for two follows, and England are approaching this in the old skool manner: solid base, wickets in hand for the big hitters.

11th over: England 50-1 (Beaumont 20, Knight 8) A single to Beaumont, then Knight waits for one and guides it through cover for four. A further single follows, and NZ could use another wicket.

10th over: England 44-1 (Beaumont 19, Knight 3) On a buzz, Rowe gets what’s probably an extra over and Beaumont turns her first ball away into the on side for two. A single follows, then Knight follows a ball that would’ve been a wide, only able to add one. Then Beaumont comes down the track only to pick out the sweeper, and that’s the powerplay played.

9th over: England 39-1 (Beaumont 15, Knight 2) The England captain is immediately off the mark with a brace. But seriously, what a catch.

WICKET! Bouchier c Rowe b Tahuhu 20 (England 37-1)

AND SHE DOES BREAK THIS PARTNERSHIP! Sort of. Because again, Bouchier flicks uppishly, this time towards mid on, except Rowe takes two steps to her right, then flows into the tallest, most graceful of full-length dives, holding a two-handed ripper. Brilliant!

Maia Bouchier departs for a fluent 20. Photograph: Michael Bradley/Getty Images
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9th over: England 37-0 (Beaumont 15, Bouchier 20) Tahuhu into the attack, presumably with the brief of breaking this partnership, and Bouchier has a look then flicks uppishly around the corner; they sprint through for two.

8th over: England 35-0 (Beaumont 15, Bouchier 18) A single to Beaumont then a bouncer to Bouchier – a decent one from Rowe – forces the pull, and a thick edge earns four. After two dots, she then clips to midwicket for a single, and a wide means an extra ball; Bouchier isn’t far off edging it, but she survives and England are moving.

7th over: England 28-0 (Beaumont 14, Bouchier 13) England have had enough of letting NZ bowl, Bouchier coming down to loft four down the ground. And she goes again next ball but gets toe-ended edge, so they have to make do with two. A pair of singles follow, and the innings is building momentum.

6th over: England 20-0 (Beaumont 13, Bouchier 6) A good ball to begin, but then Rowe strays leg side, ceding a wide and Bouchier opens the face to run one down for a single. But look at that! Last ball of the over, Beaumont skips down and flicks high, but over square leg from halfway down, four a fantastic four. To get it away at that angle requires serious wrists.

5th over: England 14-0 (Beaumont 9, Bouchier 5) Bouchier feels outside off and the swing beats her, then Halliday cuts off a drive; she wants to get things moving. She really wants to get things moving, looking to flick with swing and over midwicket but not getting enough of it; the ball drops just short of Melie Kerr and they run one. Oh, and of course Beaumont wants to get on with it too, scampering down to hoist four down the ground; immediately, Isabella Gaze comes up; “Should’ve done two overs ago,” muses Alex Hartley in comms.

4th over: England 9-0 (Beaumont 5, Bouchier 4) Rowe’s really running in hard, but after two dots Beaumont is irritated to miss out on half-volley. Another one – another dot that is – follows, then a full-toss at the body – I like that! – and a push to the fielder at mid on compltes the maiden. NZ will like the start they’ve made, but England will be satisfied to still have their openers in the middle.

3rd over: England 9-0 (Beaumont 5, Bouchier 4) Two dots, then a clever slower-ball yorker on a fifth-stump line – very nice from Kerr J. So Beaumont comes down and turns to leg for one – she’s so hard to bowl to because she’s so proactive – which is the only run from a decent over.

2nd over: England 8-0 (Beaumont 4, Bouchier 4) It’s Hannah Rowe to open from the other end but before that, there’s an enquiry about the ball and out comes the box of spares; Rowe picks one and off we go again. In comms, they discuss how the players choose, and I always think of Jimmy Anderson when this comes up: he likes the dark ones that feel small in your hand, though I’m not sure how the former translates to a white meteor. Anyroad, Rowe finds decent shape, but when she offers width, Bouchier cuts … but picks out Plimmer at point, then again next ball. No matter, more width, a stretch to make sure, and four hurtling through cover point.

1st over: England 4-0 (Beaumont 4, Bouchier 0) Good start, an in-ducker on Beaumont, but then some width; Bates stops a firm shove at cover. Then again, Beaumont goes hard to no avail, Kerr taking the sting out of a drive down the pitch, and eventually she finds the gap, rocking back to cut four through backward point.

Jess Kerr has the new globule.

Here come our batters…

Lea Tahuhu says that they’ve had a little chat, looked at things individually and as a team, and are taking the positives from a decent performance in the last match – it’s just about tweaking that last 10%.

Amy Jones is loving NZ. She says on as well as off the pitch it’s been enjoyable, they had a good little hit yesterday and are ready for today. They’ve had some good discussions as a batting group about communication and how they can work together in saying the right things at the right time under pressure.

There’s a bit of sun but not much grass, and the pitch report is that it’s a batter’s day – but with something for the bowlers early doors.

I’m looking forward to watching more Maia Bouchier – on a track that should help her. If she gets going, she could make something serious.

New Zealand, of course, are without captain Sophie Devine. As noted by Kerr A at the toss, though, Suzie Bates has plenty of experience in the role, though even if they don’t miss her as a skipper, as a player no her is a problem.

Any other contact-lens wearers feel half asleep when they’re in glasses? I’ve just cleaned mine, and discovered it helps a bit; I’ve been wearing them 38 years.

Teams!

England: Beaumont, Bouchier, Knight, Sciver-Brunt, Capsey, Wyatt, Jones, Dean, Ecclestone, Cross, Bell.

New Zealand: Bates, Bezuidenhout, Kerr A, Plimmer, Green, Halliday, Gaze, Rowe, Kerr J, Tahuhu, Jonas.

Amelia Kerr says NZ got a great start last time and put England under pressure; this time it’s about breaking partnerships. She’s not captained much 50-over cricket before, so this is great experience for her, and she reckons it’s about finding ways to maintain pressure. The problem, she thinks is mental not technical – they need to be brave and take positive options under pressure. Her team too are unchanged.

England win the toss and will bat!

It looks a decent track, reckons Heather Knight, and it’s a high-scoring ground so she wants to set a target. Her team are unchanged.

Toss time. Hamilton looks lovely as ever…

Preamble

A key characteristic of a good team is that when they need saving, someone, sometimes someone you don’t expect, stands up to save them – Gus Logie and Jeff Dujon made careers out of doing it, Andy Bichel did it when his side had never needed it more, and Amy Jones did it for England last time out.

But another key characteristic of a good team is elite players who excel consistently – just look at Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy and chums. And that, perhaps, is the area in which this already excellent England team can look to improve: they have lots of talent, but to win the big pots they need to retain all of Column A while adding a little to Column B.

New Zealand, meanwhile – though doing well for periods – are struggling to play well enough for long enough to seriously trouble England. So given that, in the longer limited-overs format, it’s harder for a single player to dominate the game, the tourists start as warm favourites. But things can change very quickly.

Play: 11am local, 11pm BST



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