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Delissa Kimmince Speaks After Career Best 5-Wicket Haul

Delissa Kimmince Speaks After Career Best 5-Wicket Haul
Delissa Kimmince Speaks After Career Best 5-Wicket Haul
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A career best five-wicket haul to Delissa Kimmince and a half-century to Ellyse Perry has led Australia to victory in the second Ashes One-Day International in Leicester.

Australia again made a fast start with the ball through Perry (1-40) who removed Amy Jones (5) in the second over. 

England opener Tammy Beaumont (114) mounted a fightback first with Heather Knight (17), then Natalie Sciver (15) to have the home side 3-109 nearing the halfway mark. 

The introduction of Kimmince (5-26) into the attack paid dividends immediately, the all-rounder removing Sciver before Jess Jonnasen (2-42) and Megan Schutt (1-30) got in on the act to halt England's momentum. 

Beamount carried on, recording a century before she became Jonassen's second scalp. Medium pacer Kimmince then claimed the last four wickets of the innings to record her best ODI bowling figures. 

Chasing 218 for victory, Australia lost both Nicole Bolton (1) and Alyssa Healy (9) cheaply, before captain Meg Lanning (18) and Perry (62) got the hosts back on track.

A number of small partnerships helped Australia edge closer to the target, with Perry proving to be the rock in the middle order. 

Following Perry's dismissal, as well as that of Rachael Haynes (30) and Ashleigh Gardner (13), Beth Mooney (43*) and Jonassen (31*) came together taking control of the chase and ensuring Australia reached the target to claim a four-wicket win.

The win gives Australia a 4-0 points lead heading into the third and final One-Day International in Canterbury on Sunday. A Test and three Twenty20 Internationals will follow, with the Ashes awarded to the team that accrues the most points across the multi-format series. 

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