Beaumont brilliance in vain for England

Australia Women won the second Royal London Women's ODI at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road to take a 4-0 lead in the Women's Ashes.

Tammy Beaumont scored an excellent century for the hosts but the second-highest contribution was just 25 as England were bowled out for 217. Delissa Kimmince was Australia's star performer, recording figures of 5-26.

Like in Tuesday's first ODI England rallied with the ball but once again their total proved chaseable for Australia who - like in the 2017/18 Women's Ashes - have now won the opening two matches of the series.

On that occasion England fought back to win the third ODI and they'll be desperate to do the same at Canterbury on Sunday to avoid falling 6-0 behind in the multi-format points series.

Australia, having retained the urn last time out, need only to reach 8 points to maintain their grip on the Women's Ashes.

England captain Heather Knight said: “It’s disappointing. It looked as if we may be on for a higher total but nobody was quite able to keep Tammy company.

“She batted fantastically well and if someone could have stayed with her then we may have been able to get up beyond 250.

“We probably could have been a bit smarter with the bat, with the platform we had, and we need to take the learning from that.

“Again we were good with the ball and we fought and stuck in the match but the two Aussie batters in at the end played really well and took it away from us.”

* Thanks to John Mallett at Outside Off for the photo of Tammy Beaumont.

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