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Summary

  1. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 63 RUNS
  2. Series now level at 2-2 on points
  3. Edwards (58) hits 46th ODI half-century
  4. Lanning (104) scores sixth ODI century

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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On to Worcester

So, it's all square after two games. England and Australia continue their journey up the M5 on Sunday, when the third and final ODI takes place at New Road, Worcester. Two precious Women's Ashes points - and two equally precious ICC Women's Championship points - will be up for grabs.

But it's been Australia's day - well done to them, thanks for your company during the day, and I hope you'll join us on Sunday for the next gripping instalment. TTFN.

Disappointing for England, but 260 was always going to be a big ask for them to chase down, especially after Edwards went. #womensAshes

Oman qualify for World T20

A snippet of cricket news just in: Oman have beaten Namibia in qualifying to claim the last place at next year's (men's) ICC World Twenty20.

So, the six associate teams in India next year will be Scotland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Afghanistan and Oman.

Collective noun for wicketkeepers

Got to be a gauntlet of stumpers?

Andrew Murfin in Bignall End

Holly Colvin

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

England will look at this one in depth tomorrow, once they've gone through the game it's about moving on. They've got a couple of days before Sunday, they'll look to train hard and come back with real intent at Worcester. Amy Jones was an odd choice for me at four, Lauren Winfield has been doing brilliantly in the Championship and averaging 200, although she's been opening the batting there.

Player of the match

We looked back at the last game, saw where we could improve in all areas and did that really well. We've got such great depth in our squad and it was great to see two people come in and perform straight away. We bowled straight - the run-out was more luck than anything but it's always good to get a direct hit.

Meg LanningAustralia captain and player of the match
Meg Lanning celebrates
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Captain's view

Really disappointed. We started well and at 120-1 we were in with a chance, but we didn't bat well between 30-40 overs. Credit to the Aussies, they bowled well in the powerplay but some poor shot selection has cost us. We knew they would come back hard at us, we've got to bounce back at Worcester.

Charlotte EdwardsEngland captain

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Final scorecard

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Not a single England batsman caught, all bowled or lbw bar one run out, not rocket science, play straight #bbccricket

Champagne moment

AUSTRALIA BEAT ENGLAND BY 63 RUNS; AUSTRALIA TAKE TWO WOMEN'S ASHES POINTS & TWO ICC CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

WOMEN'S ASHES LEVEL AT 2-2

Holly Colvin

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Australia came back hard, just as their men did in the second Test - they'll be delighted to be levelling the series. Charlotte's a passionate person, she'll be bitterly disappointed and know the girls can do a lot better than this. They're all experienced cricketers and they'll know that.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

A couple of team changes worked for Australia, but England just seemed a little off the pace.

Holly Colvin

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

England have been outplayed today, and outbowled by some tight bowling, especially from Megan Schutt. They were coasting it after that partnership of Edwards and Knight up front, and something happened at the drinks break - maybe they lost their concentration - and the wickets started to tumble.

WICKET

Grundy b Osborne 1 (Eng 196 all out)

No fairytale ending for England - Grundy is bowled by off-spinner Osborne and Australia complete a straightforward 63-run win.

Eng 193-9 (target 260)

Left-hander Rebecca Grundy is England's last hope. She's off the mark nudging a two to third man, but the game has gone really, now. Brunt, however, manages to smear a three to ensure she keeps the strike. Schutt finishes her spell with 4-47 from 10 overs. England need 67 from 48 balls.

Holly Colvin

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Katherine's going to have to twist or twist now, really!

WICKET

Cross b Schutt 2 (Eng 189-8)

A yorker from Schutt does for Kate Cross - she can't jam her bat down on a full delivery and the ball hits the foot of leg stump. Four wickets for Schutt. It comes after an innovative shot from Brunt - she lines up a lap-sweep but adapts to ramp a four through the vacant slip region.

Eng 184-8 (target 260)

Coyte to complete her spell - despite all the pre-series attention given to the quicker bowlers Perry and Ferling, it's been the accuracy of the medium-fast seamers Schutt and Coyte which has done the damage - at this stage they have a combined 5-75 from 18 overs. England can only manage a Brunt single when boundaries are needed - 76 needed from 54 balls.

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Eng 183-8 (target 260)

Kate Cross is out to bat after that X-ray on her hand revealed no fracture - she squeezes a two past Ferling at short third man.

And a pretty sorry powerplay (from England's perspective) ends - having lost four wickets for the addition of only 19 runs. England need an increasingly unlikely 77 from 60 balls, with only two wickets left.

Holly Colvin

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

That looked stone dead to me. It might have kept low but full credit to Schutt. She's bowled well.

WICKET

Shrubsole lbw b Schutt 0 (Eng 181-8)

I'm afraid this is becoming a procession - England have lost eight wickets for 89 runs since that opening stand of 92. Shrubsole is the latest wicket to fall, the third lbw victim of the innings.

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Lanning's captaincy has been very good today. Not been afraid to mix up her bowlers, giving herself plenty of options #WomensAshes

Eng 180-7 (target 260)

Anya Shrubsole is the new batter - while she bats in the top order for Somerset, it's fair to say that with an ODI average of 17, she's not out of place at number nine at international level. England need 80 from 66 balls.

Holly Colvin

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

It's looking a bit ominous for England now. Coyte, that nagging bowler, targets the stumps - you miss, she'll hit.

WICKET

Sciver b Coyte 3 (Eng 180-7)

Coyte's accuracy is rewarded as Sciver is bowled trying to hit through the leg side. Australia's tails most definitely up.

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Found a new recruit to help promote Women & Girls cricket in Gloucestershire! Cheers @Danni_Wyatt #WomensAshes

Eng 178-6 (target 260)

Indeed, Katherine Brunt is the new batter - and she shows her intentions straight away with a powerful cover drive for three. Sciver pokes a single to backward point, and Brunt bludgeons a four through fine leg which evades Elyse Villani - Brunt has seven from two balls, and England need more like that as they require 82 from 72 balls.

The D/L par score with six down would be 195 at this stage, so England will hope the rain stays away...

Alison Mitchell

BBC Test Match Special

Australia have taken a cluster of wickets and it has put the brakes on. But Katherine Brunt is next in and if anyone can counter attack...

WICKET

Elwiss b Schutt 4 (Eng 170-6)

Another one falls - Megan Schutt is recalled in place of Perry (who has two overs left) and Georgia Elwiss is bowled attempting a drive. Sciver's still there, but England are six down and Elwiss has left the building.

Georgia Elwiss
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Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at Bristol

The crowd's nerves are palpable as England look to rebuild again. A few umbrellas have gone up and plenty of sweaters and being shoved on as the temperature just drops a little to add to the tension. Approximately 3,150 people have made their way to the County Ground in Bristol today and they’re all intent on sticking around until the end.

Eng 170-5 (target 260)

Georgia Elwiss in at seven - nervelessly pushing her first ball for two. Though predominantly a seam bowler earlier in her career, she's not yet been called on to bowl in this series, but saw England home with the bat on Tuesday. Three more singles mean Sciver is off the mark too, and having been ahead on D/L a little earlier, those wickets and that maiden over have England behind the rate at this point. 90 needed from 78 balls.

Holly Colvin

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Lydia will be really disappointed. She swung her bat in frustration. She played across the line. Coyte is always nagging at you, she will be more patient than you and builds pressure well.

WICKET

Greenway lbw b Coyte 20 (Eng 165-5)

Greenway is hit on the toe by a yorker from Coyte as she tries to work the ball through the leg side, and the Kent left-hander has to go. Australia favourites at this stage?

powerplayPowerplay

Eng 165-4

The batting powerplay is taken - a maximum of three fielders outside the circle for overs 36-40. A dilemma for Australia is that this is Perry's eighth over - so if she bowls through the powerplay, she can't bowl at the death. But a tight over keeps Greenway under pressure - after five dot balls, all she can manage is a single. Two great overs for Australia, and suddenly England need 95 from 84.