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Tammy Beaumont achieves unique record

Tammy Beaumont achieves a unique milestone

In a historic display of batting prowess, opener Tammy Beaumont etched her name in the annals of English cricket by becoming the first Englishwoman to score a double century during the women’s Ashes test on Saturday. Her remarkable innings spearheaded the hosts’ fightback on the third day of the match, although Australia managed to extend their lead to 92 runs.

Beaumont’s feat also marked the eighth double hundred in women’s Test cricket, with Kiran Baluch of Pakistan currently holding the record for the highest individual score of 242 against West Indies in 2004.

Taking command of England’s innings, Beaumont nearly carried her bat through, valiantly amassing 208 runs before succumbing as the last wicket to fall. Her score ranks as the fifth-highest in women’s test cricket, earning her a standing ovation from the crowd and fist-bumps from enthusiastic young fans near the pavilion at Trent Bridge. England was eventually all out for 463, granting Australia a slender first-innings lead of 10 runs.

Reflecting on her exceptional performance, Beaumont expressed her disbelief, stating, “I can’t quite believe it… I scored a double hundred in the ‘A’ game last week and thought there’s no chance I’d repeat it.” She further added, “To get nearly level to the Aussies today was obviously the goal and to contribute in that way was great… I was in the zone.”

Following England’s innings, Australia commenced their second innings with 19 overs remaining in the day. However, the Australian openers, Beth Mooney and Phoebe Litchfield, held their ground, reaching a solid score of 82-0 at stumps.

Earlier in the day, England resumed on 218-2, and although Nat Sciver-Brunt survived a close call for lbw on the first ball, she went on to complete her half-century before falling to Ashleigh Gardner’s spin, caught behind the stumps by Alyssa Healy at 78.

Undeterred by the dismissals around her, Beaumont continued her attacking display. Danni Wyatt, making her debut, fell agonizingly six runs short of a half-century when she nicked a delivery from Darcie Brown to the second slip.

With Australia employing a diverse bowling attack featuring eight different bowlers, Beaumont faced a precarious moment when she was on 199, attempting a risky run that wasn’t there. However, she was promptly sent back by Sophie Ecclestone, receiving a sheepish smile and a thumbs-up from her teammate in return.

Beaumont quickly regained her composure and elegantly flicked the next ball off her hip to the fine leg, securing her place among the elite group of women who have achieved the remarkable milestone of scoring a double century in Test cricket. As she continued her innings, the record set by former Pakistan player Kiran Baluch, with 242 runs, seemed within her reach, adding to the excitement and anticipation of the match’s unfolding drama.

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