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England Academy captain Tammy Beaumont hits 50 to level series

Saturday 4th April 2015


Kent's Tammy Beaumont led by example with a half-century as England Academy levelled the four-match series against Australia's Shooting Stars in Dubai.

After defeat in yesterday's opening match, the Kent Cricket Academy graduate from Dover won the toss and chose to bat as the Academy side posted 268 for nine in 50 overs at the ICC Academy.

Sussex all-rounder Georgia Elwiss (65) scored her second successive 50 and Staffordshire's Evelyn Jones and Fran Wilson of Somerset also struck half-centuries to lift EWA to 268 for nine.

Beaumont (59) and Jones set the tone with an impressive opening stand of 118 which Wilson and Elwiss built on courtesy of a fourth-wicket alliance of 114.

Wilson told “We are really happy. It was a really good team performance, everyone is playing really well. We felt we should have probably won yesterday, so today it was really important to go out and put it right.”

On her important stand with Georgia Elwiss, she added: “It was good. It was nice batting with Georgia, she is going really well at the moment. It is really nice to get out in the middle, it is a nice pitch, so I was just making the most of it.

“We train together. It was really nice. We have had a good few partnerships, we bat really well together.”

Elwiss returned figures of 3-46 from eight overs to help dismiss the Shooting Stars for 240, an innings which included three run-outs.

The third 50-over match takes place on Monday.

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