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Wyatt stars as England beat New Zealand in second ODI


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anni Wyatt marked her 200th international appearance with a crucial unbeaten half-century as England beat New Zealand to take a 2-0 lead in their ODI series.

The 30-year-old scored 63 not out as England were skilled for 197 before going on to claim a 13-run victory on the DLS method.

Kate Cross claimed three early wickets in New Zealand’s reply before 20-year-old Charlie Dean starred with four wickets in just her second international match after a rain delay to lead England to victory.

Openers Lauren Down and Suzie Bates got the White Ferns’ chase of 198 off to a strong start, reaching 40 before Kate Cross removed Bates for 28 as her powerful drive found Wyatt in the covers.

Sophie Ecclestone’s introduction did the trick as Maddy Green went for nine before Down was trapped lbw by Cross for 22 – although she would have been spared had she opted to review the decision.

Cross claimed her third wicket as Amy Satterthwaite went for just one and England had the visitors under pressure at 85 for four.

Rain delayed play with New Zealand 111 for four and their was target adjusted to 183 – increasing their required run-rate with 72 needed from 18 overs.

Nat Sciver struck in third over after the resumption with the big wicket of New Zealand captain Sophie Devine, bowled for 28, and England were in full control when Dean bowled Katey Martin for six to claim her second international wicket.

The tourists were reeling at 121 for six and Dean struck again to trap Hannah Rowe for seven. New Zealand’s hopes rested with Brooke Halliday, whose 29 gave them hope of chasing down their target before she became Dean’s third wicket to all-but extinguish the tourists’ chances at 155 for eight.

Dean removed Leigh Kasparek before Tash Farrant dismissed Lea Tahuhu as New Zealand were bowled out for 169.

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