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  1. Australia fall three runs short
  2. Eng 259-8: Beaumont 49, Brunt 45*, Villani 3-42

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By Kal Sajad and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye ...

So that's me all done.

What a day for English cricket, Moeen Ali spins the men to victory over South Africa at Lord's and England beat Australia in a Women's World Cup thriller at Bristol.

I will leave you with a few best bits from Katherine Brunt, today's player of the match.

Until next time, goodbye.

'We were clinical'

England captain Heather Knight: "I always knew we batted deep, our line-up is firing at the moment. It was a frustrating batting display, we got the momentum then would lose wickets. Brunt and Gunn batted well for us today.

"It was probably about a par score, we knew how deep Australia bat. It was our best bowling display, we were clinical. It was a brilliant game but a hard one to captain.

"We have two big games coming up, when you're in the habit of winning you want it to carry on."

Current standings

So where does this leave us? Well after five games, no team has yet qualified for the semi-finals but England top the table.

They still have to face New Zealand on Wednesday and West Indies on Saturday.

Australia will play India and South Africa.

This tournament is still wide open.

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'It's always nice to get one up on the Aussies'

Player of the match Katherine Brunt: "It's always a show with England and Australia and I'm glad we can put on a performance today. I had fun, us girls down the lower order have had a lot of practice and I back us to do that.

"To finish with 259 gave us confidence to go out and defend it. As a bowler, I don't like playing on these flat pitches, the batters have it too good. But credit goes to all the bowlers.

"It's always nice to get one up on the Aussies but this is just one game and there are a fair few to come."

The player of match goes to Katherine Brunt, for her 45 not out, figures of 9-1-42-2 and taking two catches. Absolutely nobody can argue with that.

Katherine Brunt

Well done England indeed. I had a feeling that this was going down to the wire, and that dodgy bit of fielding on the penultimate ball was just too much drama for one to take!

Credit to both teams in what was a spectacular game in Bristol. Australia look gutted, England are taking selfies.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

These two have not met for two years and they were always going to test each other but what a game. Well done England.

Aus 256-8

England win by 3 runs

Jonassen swings high and for a moment I thought she got hold of it but it drops well short of the boundary, picked up by the fielder in the deep. The best game of the tournament, England win!

Katherine Brunt

Aus 254-8

Target 260

Not the time for a misfield on the boundary!! Get everything behind it. Four! Six needed from the last ball. They can't, can they?


c Brunt b Gunn 11

Gardner is gone! 10 runs needed from 2 balls.

Aus 250-8

Target 260

Yorker length, just outside off-stump. What a delivery! One run. 10 needed from 2 balls.

Aus 249-7

Target 260

Jonassen bisect the offside field, four! Australia need 11 from 4.

Aus 245-7

Target 260

Full, good delivery. Just the one run.

Aus 244-7

Target 260

Superb bowling from Brunt. What an over. What a spell.

Just six from the over. Australia need to go big. They need 16 from the final over.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

England have not beaten Australia in a World Cup match since 1993. That gives you a clear indication of how big this situation is.

Aus 238-7

Australia need from 19 from 9

Good start from Brunt, just one run from the first two deliveries. That brings Gardner on strike, a thick outside edge, well fielded by Tammy Beaumont running to the deep from point.

Aus 238-7

Target 260

Deep breaths, Australia need 22 more runs from 12 balls. Gardner and Jonassen are in. I can't call this.


Healy lbw b Hazell 14 (Aus 237-7)

She's gone! Which way is this game going?! 15 from the first four balls for the Aussies off Hazell and then Healy is out lbw after a failed review.

Umpire review - Aus 237-6

Healy given out lbw but has reviewed it. Looked close.

Aus 233-6

Unbelievable stuff.

Ashleigh Gardner and Alyssa Healy are the two batters in, and how does Gardner get off strike? By swatting one over deep mid-wicket for six.

She then pierces the field in the off and squeezes out a boundary. This game is far from over!

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

On the boundary! Well held by Nat Sciver. And as for Brunt, she's on fire.


Perry c Sciver b Brunt 70 (Aus 217-7)

Nat Sciver makes amends for her drop earlier with a fine catch on the boundary rope at long-on. Perry goes high and long and Scriber knows exactly how far her back foot is from the rope, extending her arms and taking a great grab. Two wickets in the over, Brunt is buzzing.


Blackwell b Brunt 21 (Aus 215-7)

Katherine Brunt returns to the attack and strikes. Alex Blackwell looks to cut, misses and the ball clips the off-stump. Blackwell hung around for a while, perhaps she thought Taylor may have dislodged the bails with her hands. Perhaps. I don't know. Either way, England in charge now. What a game.

Umpire review

Blackwell has been bowled cleanly but she has asked the umpire to go upstairs. I don't understand.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

How costly is that going to be? England have not been great out in the field today.

Dropped catch - Aus 215-4

Australia need 45 from 24

I had already started to write that Perry is gone! Nat Sciver at deep mid-wicket with a simple catch but she can't hold on. Such a let-off. Could that be the turning point? Blackwell adds salt to the wound by swatting one wide of Sciver for a boundary. Nine from the over.

Aus 206-4

Target 260

As a captain, Gunn is the perfect bowler to have up your sleeve at this stage of the game. She takes the pace off the ball and loops them in, but Blackwell is up to the challenge with a sweet-as-you-like straight drive for four.

That adds pressure on Gunn, who starts to struggle with her line and gifts two wides outside off. 200 is up for Australia, 11 from the over.

Aus 194-4

Australia need 65 from 36 balls

Anya Shrubsole continues, the Bristol crowd have come alive. They are either going to see a well-orchestrated England win or some fireworks from Australia to chase down this target.

Alex Blackwell with a slog-sweep over mid-wicket for her first boundary. She has come in with some intent and looking to let her hands go, just what her team needs right now.

Aus 187-4

Target 260

Timed like a Swiss watchmaker from Perry! She jigs down the wicket and drives straight over long-off for a fantastic six. Australia need a few more of them big hits if they're going to win this game.

Watch Perry belt a huge six off Hazell's bowling

This was the biggest six of the day from Ellyse Perry, thankfully it manged to avoid the children on the bouncy castle...

Aus 178-4

Target 260

A lot of batting still to come for Australia but they will find themselves running out of overs if they don't get on with it. Alex Blackwell is the new woman in. Batters crossed so Perry is on strike and she steers one up and over cover for four.

Mel Jones

Former Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

Once again, the position they're in now is because of that wonderful powerplay earlier on. This could be big, not just for this game, but for England's World Cup campaign.


Villani c Gunn b Shrubsole 14

Villani gone, England ecstatic. The Australian needed to do something, so she shuffled across the wicket, took a big swing and found Gunn at long-on.

Aus 172-3

Australia need 88 from 54 balls

Elysse Perry reaches her half-century, her 21st in ODI cricket. A muted celebration, with focus on the job in hand.

Sally Gunn bowling with such variety, using the slower ball with success.

There's been another wicket at Lord's by the way, South Africa now 64-5, chasing 331 for victory. You can follow that here.

Aus 169-3

Target 260

It may have been a good review but it was also a great over from Anya Shrubsole, conceding just the four runs. Just 16 runs from the batting power play for Australia.

10 overs to go, 91 needed.

not-outNot out

It did indeed hit the bat. Great review. Villani survives.

Mel Jones

Former Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

Looking at the replay, it doesn't look like it had an edge.

Umpire review

Villani out lbw, but has reviewed it. Looked good at first glance, only thing that can save her is if she got any bat on it.

Watch Anya Shrubsole drop a catch

We have had some mixed fielding today - Anya Shrubsole won't be happy with this earlier effort...

Aus 165-3

Target 260

Just two from the over. You get the feeling that Perry and Villani will wait until the final 10 overs and then change tack. These two can be dangerous at the crease and this match still hangs in the balance.