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Summary

  1. England beat Australia by four wickets
  2. Danni Wyatt hits first England women's century in a T20 international
  3. Australia's Mooney 117 not out (70); 19x4, 1x6
  4. Second Australian to make T20i hundred
  5. Series drawn 8-8

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By Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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And that, folks, is that.

After a quite frankly ridiculous final match, the Women's Ashes series ends at 8-8, with Australia retaining the Ashes.

We'll be back tomorrow for the men's series, which kicks off at 00:00 GMT. See you then.

'I wouldn't be a good captain without these girls'

More from Heather Knight: "I've really enjoyed it. I want to lead from the front and its important I go out there and show the team how I want to play. I keep wanting to improve. I wouldn't be a good captain without those girls and the way they perform.

And as for her toughest moment in the series? "Trying to get Ellyse Perry out in the Test match!"

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'It was disappointing'

Australia captain Rachael Haynes, speaking to BT Sport: "I certainly thought it was well within our grasp to win the match. It was disappointing. I guess it's true, catches win matches, and we put a few down tonight.

"Beth has been outstanding. Shes been hitting everywhere. She's worked extremely hard on her game. For her to produce in international cricket is really exciting."

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Beth Mooney still looks absolutely crestfallen as Rachael Haynes goes up to collect the Women's Ashes trophy.

Player of the series - Heather Knight

The player of the series is the England captain, Heather Knight.

She says: "I didn't start the T20 series how I wanted but to finish like that and play second fiddle to Danni was brilliant. What a series it's been. Beth Mooney was outstanding. For her to be on the losing side, it shouldn't be that way. It's been a long seven weeks but to come away and finish like that, we can be proud."

Player of the match - Danni Wyatt

It could have gone either way, but the player of the match is Danni Wyatt.

Speaking to BT Sport, she said: "I've been in the nets for five weeks so I was ready! It's sujrreal - I stll can't believe what happened."

'There is a lot of fight in this team'

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England captain Heather Knight, speaking to TMS: "What a game it was. I thought they had too many, but there is a hell of a lot of fight in this team and to level at 8-8 makes me really proud.

"We lost a few early wickets but it was a belter of a pitch so boundaries were easy to come by. I was just trying to get Danni on strike.

"We’re gutted we didn’t win the Ashes but to draw the series is the next best thing. It was a great innings from Beth Mooney. It’s tough for her to be on the losing side. What a game and what a spectacle for women’s cricket."

I can only imagine how many journos were furiously rewriting their copy in those final few overs.

A quick look at the stats: Wyatt's century came from 57 balls, with 13 boundaries and two sixes.

Beth Mooney hit her 117 from 70 balls, with 19 boundaries and one six.

'A special feeling'

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England's Danni Wyatt, speaking to TMS: "I tried a bit too hard in the first six overs, I lost my shape a little bit. But I backed myself and swung hard and it paid off. I was quite lucky, but you have to make it count when someone drops you, and I made it count today.

"To contribute to a record chase is a special feeling. Heather batted really well- she backed herself and hit the ball in her areas. Outstanding by the skipper.

"It was hard sitting out for the ODIs and the Test match so I had to make the T20s count."

I feel like I need a lie down.

England are all smiles as they wait for the presentation. Someone's just told Danni Wyatt that she has indeed been part of a record run chase.

Dearie me. I didn't see that coming when we were six overs in.

Two centuries. A record run chase. A tied Women's Ashes series. What a boost for England, especially with the Women's World Twenty20 around the corner.

'Remarkable'

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

One of the most remarkable victories you will ever see. We have been given a real treat- a stunning night of cricket.

So, England win the mini-T20 series two matches to one, and draw the Women's Ashes 8-8.

Australia will receive the Women's Ashes trophy tonight but they look slightly stunned by proceedings. Beth Mooney is near tears.

ENGLAND WIN BY FOUR WICKETS

Eng 181-6

Won with a boundary! What a run chase!

England have recovered from 30-3 to pull off the highest ever run chase in women's T20I history. What a match.

Isa Guha

Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

She was going for the glory shot, Katherine Brunt.

WICKET

Brunt c Perry b Kimmince 5 (Eng 177-6)

Gone!

Ellyse Perry comes across on the edge of the circle and snaffles up the catch that Katherine Brunt offered up. Two runs from seven balls needed...

Eng 177-5

England need 2 runs from 8 balls

A boundary! Katherine Brunt didn't quite know where that had gone but she swung her arms hard, the ball to a thick outside edge and away it went to the ropes!

Rachael Haynes comes in for a chat with Kimmince while Brunt surveys the field...

Eng 173-5

England need 6 from 9 balls

New batter Fran Wilson gets a wide first up but she thrashes her arms and the next delivery goes high into the air - but it's safe! Three fielders converge and can't get near it.

Six runs from nine balls...

'Can Brunt and Wilson keep their heads?'

Isa Guha

Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

When you are up against it, who do you call upon? Your wicket-taker. And that is Ellyse Perry. Could she have come on earlier?

Two new batters, now, in a pressure situation. Can Katherine Brunt and Fran Wilson keep their heads?

WICKET

Wyatt b Kimmince 100 (Eng 171-5)

Is there a twist in the tale?!

Danni Wyatt takes a step to the side, going for that lofted drive that has served her so well, and misses. Delissa Kimmince doesn't, and the ball clatters into the stumps.

Wyatt walks off to a standing ovation. England still need eight runs from 11 balls...

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Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

This is a coming of age innings for Wyatt.

Wyatt hits 100

Eng 171-4

She's done it! The first England women's player to hit a T20 century!

What a match. Wyatt raises her arms aloft. She's reached her century from 56 balls, with 13 boundaries and two sixes. Well played.

England need eight runs from 12 balls.

Eng 170-4

Danni Wyatt, still on 99, now has the highest score for England in T20 internationals, surpassing Charlotte Edwards' 92.

She's got Katherine Brunt for company now, and Brunt gets straight off strike...

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WICKET

Knight run out (Healy) 51 (Eng 169-4)

Out! Heather Knight has run herself out!

Knight wanted a quick single, Wyatt said no, Knight turned but Healy, having collected the ball, had the bails off before the England captain could shove her bat home.

England need 10 runs from 15 balls...

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Eng 169-3

Oh no! Has Knight run herself out? We're going upstairs...

Knight reaches 50

Eng 169-3

Heather Knight raises her bat as she races through for a quick two to take her to her half-century.

It's been a sparkling partnership between her and Wyatt. They've been the perfect foil for one another.

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Eng 167-3

England need 17 from 21 balls

Jonassen follows up being hit for six with a big shout from lbw, but Knight appears to have got a big chunk of bat on it. Danni Wyatt, on 95, checks her shot and lets a drive roll along the ground safely. That's four, though! Up and over again from Wyatt, and that takes her to 99.

Eng 162-3

Four! Heather Knight welcomes Jess Jonassen back with a carving cover dive that splits the field and goes careering into the ropes. And that's six! That is such a god shot from Knight. A little shimmy of the feet, a big ol' swing of the arms, and the ball goes flying over extra cover and over the ropes

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Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

Someone from the Australia team needs to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

Eng 152-3

England need 27 from 24 balls

The century partnership between Knight and Wyatt came up from 58 deliveries. That's some top boshing, even if they have been helped by some bad fielding. Shot! That's pure placement from Knight, cover driving a Schutt slower ball with aplomb. Rachael Haynes looks thoroughly unimpressed as Knight drives at a wide delivery, misses and the ball sneaks past Alyssa Healy for another boundary. And that's another four! Hit hard and flat by Wyatt, and the ball skims past an advancing fielder to reach the boundary. And again! Australia are at a loss!

From the press box

Not sure it’s safe to hand the trophy to Australia tonight the way they’ve been catching!

Eng 132-3

The highest run chase in women's T20 internationals in 165 back in 2009, by the way. Shot! That is glorious from Wyatt, moving her feet and driving the ball up and over the fielders. She looks to go again but instead a thick outside edge flies over Alyssa Healy for yet anther boundary. The 100 run partnership, fittingly, comes up from a misfield.

Isa Guha

Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

When you think about how the first six overs went, you wonder how England have got themselves into this position.

Eng 120-3

England need 59 runs from 36 balls

Danni Wyatt takes advantage of Australia's hesitancy by hustling to the side and craving a full toss from Molly Strano behind point. Dropped catches aside, this has been excellent work from Wyatt. She plays an even better shot two balls later, coming down the wicket and flat batting the spinner over the close fielders and away to the boundary. 12 runs from the over!

Lisa Sthalekar

Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

The crowd has gone quiet.

Eng 106-3

England need 73 runs from 42 deliveries

Alyssa Healy looked up at the lights after dropping that last catch. Admittedly, all fielders do that when they drop the ball, but I think she struggled to pick the ball up against the lights. Wyatt, meanwhile, recovers from being dropped last over by cracking Delissa Kimmince's second delivery through cover and into the ropes.

Isa Guha

Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

Alyssa Healy will be wanting to crawl into a hole. How many chances do Australia want to give England?

Knight dropped on 24

Eng 98-3

Wow. WOW.

Alyssa Healy has dropped her scond catch of the innings - and the fourth in about 15 minutes. You should be taking those - a leading edge from Knight, the ball spinning high into the air, Healy sets herself and just lets it burst out of her gloves.

Schutt drops Wyatt on 54

Eng 97-3

There's still some nerves there for England, as Knight and Wyatt get a touch muddled with the running, but dearie me. Another drop from Australia!

Wyatt frees her arms, swings the ball down into the deep and Schutt gets underneath it and promptly shells it. Wyatt adds insult to injury by tonking the next ball for a flat six. Ouch.

'Momentum has shifted'

Lisa Sthalekar

Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

This has been a really good partnership between Danni Wyatt and Heather Knight.

You get the sense that the momentum has just shifted in England's favour, but can they sustain it?