|Second one-day international, Worcester:|
|England 197 (43.3 overs): Wyatt 63*, Kasperek 3-31, Rowe 3-41|
|New Zealand 169 (39 overs): Halliday 29, Dean 4-36, Cross 3-43|
|England won by 13 runs (DLS method); lead series 2-0|
Charlie Dean produced a superb spell to help England edge out New Zealand by 13 runs in a tense second one-day international at Worcester and take a 2-0 series lead.
Rookie off-spinner Dean took 4-36 in only her second ODI as the White Ferns, chasing a revised 183 from 42 overs after an hour’s rain delay, slipped from 111-4 to 161-9.
The tourists needed 21 from the last 24 balls but having regularly lost wickets, they struggled to rotate the strike, and were dismissed for 169 with 18 balls remaining.
England had earlier struggled with the bat, playing a series of rash shots to find themselves 145-9 before Danni Wyatt rescued them with an unbeaten 63.
Wyatt shared a 51-run stand with number 11 Tash Farrant – an England ODI record for the last wicket – to help them to 197.
New Zealand were excellent with the ball, in particular Hannah Rowe, who took 3-41, as time and again the England middle order got themselves out with injudicious strokeplay and running.
Seamer Kate Cross excelled in the opening stages to take 3-43 and reduce New Zealand to 85-4, but they were on top when the rain arrived and they will know they let a strong position slip.
The third game of the five-match series takes place at Grace Road, Leicester on Tuesday at 13:00 BST.
Dean spins England to win
The rain may have come at an unfortunate time for New Zealand, but that should not take anything away from Dean’s performance, which was brilliantly mature.
A quicker, flatter delivery deceived Katey Martin, who was bowled through the gate, before Rowe was pinned lbw in front of her stumps.
Brooke Halliday looked the most likely to take the tourists to victory but she was bogged down by England’s tight bowling, and her rash run down the wicket towards Dean led to an easy stumping by Amy Jones.
There was a huge grin on Dean’s face as she was embraced by her team-mates, knowing that she had put England on the verge of victory.
England will be pleased with the way they fought back from a poor performance with the bat, spearheaded by Cross early on before Dean starred at the end.
There was a lot of pressure on Kiwi captain Sophie Devine but she had put New Zealand in a strong position with her controlled aggression before the rain arrived.
But the visitors struggled to find any fluency when play resumed, and that allowed England to force their way back into the game.
The truth is, though, that better sides than the White Ferns will make them pay for a batting performance such as this in the future. England will know that – and they will know they will need to be better as they prepare to defend their World Cup title in New Zealand next spring.
More to follow.