Jess Jonassen’s calmness late on helped guide Australia to victory at Leicester.
Jess Jonassen’s calmness late on helped guide Australia to victory at Leicester.

Lower-order power comes to Australia’s rescue in Ashes

BETH Mooney and Jess Jonassen's unbeaten 60-run seventh-wicket partnership has lifted Australia to a four-wicket victory in their second one-day of the Ashes series with England, after Delissa Kimmince's five wickets held the hosts to a sub-par total.

Chasing 218, Ellyse Perry (62) put Australia on course for victory, but Australia went to five wickets down when she fell with 82 runs still needed in Leicester.

However, Mooney (43 not out) and Jonassen (31 not out) then stepped up to close out the victory.

Earlier, England's Tammy Beaumont (114) hit the first century of the series but got little support as her side fell to 217 all out, with Kimmince taking 5-26 including two wickets in consecutive overs to bring a premature end to the innings.

Once again chasing a low score, Australia stumbled initially with Alyssa Healy (9), Nicole Bolton (1) and Meg Lanning (18) failing to support Perry.

Beth Mooney’s partnership with Jess Jonassen proved decisive.
Beth Mooney’s partnership with Jess Jonassen proved decisive.

Rachael Haynes put on 53 for the fourth wicket before clipping a ball from Laura Marsh (1-38) into the bowler's outstretched arms.

Still, with Perry at the crease, victory seemed assured, but she was dismissed in the most unlikely fashion when a long hop from Anya Shrubsole (3-47) way outside off stump clipped the bottom edge of her outreached bat and was collected by Amy Jones.

Beaumont's knock included an array of eye-catching sweeps and cuts before a reverse pull off Jess Jonassen (2-42) went  on to her stumps.

The final five wickets fell for just 30 runs.

Another ODI is to to be played in Canterbury on Sunday, before the Test series (worth four points) and three Twenty20s, (two points each).

News Corp Australia

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