Sarah Taylor hit a stunning century to power England women to a second victory in as many days over Australia in the NatWest Series.
The 20-year-old underlined her status as one of the finest batsmen in the women’s game with a typically stylish run-a-ball 120 as England amassed 259 for six at Chelmsford.
Though Australia improved considerably on their miserable 133 in the opening match yesterday, they never threatened England’s total, once again failing to use their full allocation of overs as they were bowled out for 204 en route to a 55-run defeat which leaves them trailing 2-0 in the five-match series.
She struck four further boundaries before she was run out attempting to pinch a single to wicketkeeper Jodie Fields, and left the field to a standing ovation.
Ebony Rainsford-Brent contributed a rapid unbeaten 30 late on, before England’s bowlers got to work.
Laura Marsh also played a crucial role with the ball - her 10 overs yielded 3-33 and included the wicket of Shelley Nitschke for 42, ending an ominous second-wicket partnership of 85 with Sthalekar.
photos Janos Schmidt