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Summary

  1. England win with 4.2 overs to spare
  2. Sciver 66, Greenway 53
  3. Aus 238-9: Perry 78, Blackwell 58
  4. Brunt 3-48; four run-outs
  5. England 2pts; Aus 0pts

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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  1. BBC coverage

    That's about it from us - but if you've got Ashes Fever and can't wait until Thursday for the next game, tune in to B BC Radio 5 live tonight from 20:30 BST when there's a Women's Ashes Special presented by Alison Mitchell, looking back on today's game.

    We'll be back on Thursday morning from about 10:00 BST for the second match in the series. And we'll expect you to be there too, ship-shape and Bristol fashion. Bye for now.

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  3. Review of the day

    Katherine Brunt led from the front for England, making early breakthroughs with the new ball - and while Ellyse Perry (78) and Alex Blackwell (58) threatened to post a big score for the Southern Stars, some excellent fielding - including those four run-outs - pegged the tourists back.

    Aussie hopes were high after they removed England's top three of Edwards, Knight and Taylor - but it was another middle-order stand, this time by Lydia Greenway (53) and Natalie Sciver (66) which proved decisive.

    England take two points towards the multi-format Women's Ashes, and also pick up some much-needed ICC Women's Championship points as they head up the M5 to Bristol for the next ODI on Thursday.

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  5. Fielding makes the difference?

    An age-old cricketing aphorism is that "catches win matches". A more modern observation is that direct hits often bring run-outs - and I'd wager those four run-outs in the Australian innings, three of them from direct hits, made a huge difference to their innings.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: The crowd aren't really leaving, they're waiting with their autograph books and '4' signs for the England players. I remember in 2005 and 2009 when there weren't really enough journalists at the games to even warrant a press conference, so it's a good sign.
  7. Player of the match

    England all-rounder Natalie Sciver, who made 66: "It was tough at the start, Australia were bowling really well and we had to rebuild the innings. It was up to me and Lyd to stick to our strengths. [On nearly being run out] I was saying to the umpire I was very stupid - I will run my bat in, in future! It would have been nice to be there at the end but it was good that Georgia and Katherine could finish it for us."

    Natalie Sciver
  8. Captain's view

    England captain Charlotte Edwards:  "We talked about starting the series well, we haven't always done that in the past but we started brilliantly with the ball and our fielding was outstanding at times. The partnership between Greenway and Sciver was brilliant and the chance for Georgia Elwiss to come in at the end was great. Hopefully everyone will come to Bristol and cheer us on again."

  9. Captain's view

    Australia captain Meg Lanning:  "We would have loved to start off with a win, but England played well and hopefully we can bounce back in Bristol. The start probably cost us, Ellyse and Alex got us back into it but if we'd had 30 or 40 more runs it might have been our day. The people here really got behind England, it's great to play in front of big crowds and hopefully that will continue."

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    Players gathered in front of the Andy Caddick Pavilion for the presentation...

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Kristen Beams came in new to this environment, and wasn't landing as many as she'd like, and there were times when they should have gone back to Perry. Holly Ferling bowled some brilliant bouncers but also a few wides - and I think the four run-outs killed Australia as another 20 runs might have meant a different match.
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Katherine Brunt and I have been friends for years when we've been injured and not able to work - but you could see today her bowling was back in the early 70 [mphs] where she wants to be, and you can see her pushing up towards 75.
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Players like Nat Sciver have broken onto the scene - she played a really intelligent innings with Lydia Greenway. People say 'what about the others if Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor don't fire', but they did it today. Charlotte will be really pleased with the performance - Grundy bowled OK, Cross made early breakthroughs and there are some real positives.
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    So, not entirely straightforward, but England draw first blood in an Ashes series. Their followers will hope they can build on this Taunton victory better than the men did after Cardiff...

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: A brilliant partnership between Greenway and Sciver to get England back in the game.
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Well done England, a brilliant fightback. Katherine Brunt was back to her best, her bowling was right on the money.
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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: England also move into fourth place in the ICC Women's Championship with these points. And it means they cannot lose the Ashes until at least the first T20!
  20. Champagne moment

    ENGLAND BEAT AUSTRALIA BY FOUR WICKETS TO TAKE 2-0 LEAD IN WOMEN'S ASHES SERIES

    England celebrate
  21. Eng 240-6

    Georgia Elwiss sees England home by punching a four through the covers - England win by four wickets with more than four overs to spare.

  22. Eng 236-6

    Elwiss swipes a four past the keeper. Three to win!

  23. Eng 232-6

    Why is Perry not bowling? It won't look good for Australia if England win this with overs to spare and the Aussie strike bowler does not bowl her full allocation (she's only bowled eight). A couple of easy singles from Osborne's off-spin mean England need seven from 28 balls.

  24. Eng 230-6 (target 239)

    The target is ticking down as Elwiss slashes another four - while a half-tracker from Beams is despatched for a powerful four by Brunt to reduce the deficit to single figures. Nine needed from 30 balls.

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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: The first game in an Ashes series, with 20 to win... you really can get the colly-wobbles.
  26. Eng 221-6

    Beams to continue - but Australia may be bowling for run-outs as there's complete confusion between Brunt and Elwiss and nearly a run-out. As if to show Australia are equally nervy, Beams then spins down a ropey wide.

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    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport at Taunton

    Quote Message: The crowd are on their feet as Natalie Sciver departs for a career-best 66. Sciver looks distraught at failing to have seen England home but the crowd applaud loudly at what is most likely was the match-defining innings.
  28. Eng 219-6 (target 239)

    Katherine Brunt is the new batter - she boasts a strike rate of 78 in ODI cricket, but has a look at the first couple of deliveries from Osborne before cutting a quick single to get off the mark, the fielder's throw breaks the stumps (and keeper Healy is struck a painful blow by a flying bail) but Elwiss had made her ground. 20 needed from 36 balls. Nervous? Not a bit of it.

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    Mel Jones

    Former Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Was it the right shot? I think it was. She was in really good nick but she didn't execute well enough.
  30. WICKET

    Sciver c Beams b Osborne 66 (Eng 217-6)

    Sciver chips a catch to mid-off, from the bowling of the recalled Osborne. England not home and dry yet.

  31. Eng 216-5 (target 239)

    Can lightning strike twice for Beams? Sciver reaches her highest ODI score when she passes 65, and four from the over (that will do nicely if you're England) means it's 23 needed from 42 balls.

  32. Eng 212-5 (Sciver 64*, Elwiss 8*)

    Left-arm spinner Jonassen returns, Sciver misses with a drive but Elwiss is alert enough to scamper through for a leg bye - and then opens her account with a powerful four through the covers before crashing another one to the extra cover rope. 27 needed from 48.

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    Mel Jones

    Former Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This is still a challenge for Nat Sciver now she's lost Lydia Greenway at the other end. She knows she wants to be there at the end.
  34. Eng 203-5 (target 239)

    Georgia Elwiss - better known as a seam bowler, but not required to bowl today and batting at seven on the strength of her domestic form - receives a wide from Beams but sees off the rest of the over. 36 needed from 54.

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    Mel Jones

    Former Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It was a fantastic knock because she looked so scratchy early on. She didn't panic but she just stuck with Nat Sciver. Once she felt comfortable she really opened up.
  36. WICKET

    Greenway c Blackwell b Beams 53 (Eng 202-5)

    If in doubt, try a ropey full toss from a leg-spinner! Beams has her first wicket against England as Greenway looks to despatch a high, loopy delivery and is superbly caught by Alex Blackwell at mid-wicket. Still 37 needed from 56 balls.

  37. 50 for Lydia Greenway

    And that's a half-century for Lydia Greenway, helping herself to fours from the first two deliveries of Beams's next over. The Kent left-hander has taken 68 balls to reach the landmark.

  38. Eng 194-4 (Greenway 45*, Sciver 64*)

    Coyte to bowl her ninth over, with a leg slip in place to deter Greenway's patented tickle-round-the-corner shot which brings her so many runs. Sciver crouches to scoop Coyte over fine leg but it only brings a single. Three more singles mean England have got through the powerplay unscathed, and the facts are now this: 10 overs left, 45 runs needed.

  39. Eng 190-4 (target 239)

    Australia need a wicket - and fast. Captain Meg Lanning is giving her six bowlers one and two-over spells trying to ring the changes, and now it's the turn of leg-spinner Kristen Beams who has taken 0-26 from four overs. Beams, who was born in Tasmania but plays for Victoria, bounces in for her fifth over and it's a little better than before - only two singles from it, though one comes from a misfield by teenager Ferling. England need 49 from 66 balls.

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    Mel Jones

    Former Australia batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Nat Sciver has been absolutely brilliant. She made runs against Australia in the last Ashes, so she likes the big stage. She has commanded this partnership with Lydia Greenway at the other end.
    Natalie Sciver
  41. Eng 188-4 (Greenway 42*, Sciver 61*)

    Suddenly Taunton is rocking - it's as if Chris Gayle were back in town after his popular T20 stint for Somerset. And having dropped anchor earlier in the innings, it's Lydia Greenway's turn to join in the fun, whacking Coyte for four at the start of the over and cleverly angling a single to fine leg as she moves into the 40s. England need 51 from 72 balls - and now, even if it were to rain, they're comfortably ahead on Duckworth-Lewis.

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia need to conjure up some ideas on how to remove these two.
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: An hour ago they were down and out. Now I'm feeling really confident.
  44. Eng 179-4 (target 239)

    Sciver goes for the hook against the pace of Ferling, but is rewarded for a positive shot as a top edge flies over the keeper for four. Two singles and a legside wide - Ferling's not quite been on top form today - mean it's another good over for England, and it finishes even better for them when Sciver launches a huge blast over the bowler's head for a first-bounce four. It nearly went for six. 11 from the over - 60 needed from 78 balls.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Absolutely brilliant from Nat Sciver. She has been aggressive - clean hitting, good running between wickets. She's the next generation of England batters after Charlotte Edwards.
  46. 50 for Natalie Sciver

    Eng 168-4

    Sciver is inching towards that fifty, one run at a time, with Greenway rotating the strike well - and finally Sciver reaches the landmark (her third ODI fifty) from 58 balls, with seven fours, with an on-drive to deep mid-on.

    Natalie Sciver
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This is why I love one-day cricket.
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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: An hour ago England weren't in the game. Now it has completely flip-flopped.
  49. Eng 164-4 (Greenway 32*, Sciver 48*)

    After a one-over burst from Perry, Australia turn back to Ferling at the River End, but the scoreboard keeps ticking over thanks to a couple of singles and a legside wide. Sciver chops a quick single to mid-wicket, Greenway adds another to steal the strike. It's powerplay o'clock!

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Nat Sciver has been very aggressive but played very intelligent cricket.
  51. Eng 159-4 (target 239)

    Osborne replaces the expensive Beams and her first ball is firmly reverse-swept for four by Greenway - a boundary energetically signalled by several fans in the stands. Sciver pulls another four and adds a single, she's now within one big hit of her half-century.

    Rain in the air, but momentum with England? This stand is worth 79 - they need 80 more from 96 balls.

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  53. Eng 149-4 (Greenway 25*, Sciver 41*)

    Plenty of concentration on the faces of those in the England dug-out as Jenny Gunn, not selected today, speaks to Amy Jones who made 15 earlier. But Sciver stands firm against Perry, cutting her through the covers, and the combination of Perry's pace and the fast Taunton outfield ensure the ball is too quick for Villani to cut off on the boundary.

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    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport at Taunton

    Quote Message: It’s all very tense in Taunton and the sprinkle of drizzle is adding to atmosphere. Sciver and Greenway’s half-century partnership has revived England and each four is celebrated by the eager waving of their boundary cards.
  55. Eng 144-4

    ...but the TV umpire decides she had made her ground. The bails came off, the ball ricocheted and England ran a second.

  56. Umpire review

    With England starting to run away a little, Australia turn to Ellyse Perry as their go-to bowler - but she only has three overs left in this spell. Greenway pushes a single, shades of Ben Stokes at Lord's for Sciver as she doesn't ground her bat...

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Sometimes in ODIs during this period, it can seem that a team is out of it. But just by staying in the game, it just starts to get things going. There's enough time in the game for things to happen.
  58. Eng 142-4 (target 239)

    England are looking to cash in against Beams, whose leg-spin has been a little ragged. They pick up some easy ones and twos while Greenway tucks into a big full toss and bashes it through cow corner for four. 10 from the over.

    And having lagged behind for a while, England are now a shade ahead on Duckworth-Lewis.

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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: The crowd are now really warming to this partnership. Australia still on top about Sciver is starting to look dangerous.
  60. Eng 132-4 (Greenway 16*, Sciver 33*)

    Greenway is playing the anchor role for England here, but she nearly overbalances when trying to sweep Jonassen as she misses the ball and has to regain her ground. Another big hit from the increasingly assured Sciver, lofting a four over the keeper's head, while a three to deep extra cover helps the Taunton crowd find their voice again - that's the fifty stand. Sciver has 33 from 39 balls, and England need 107 more from 114 balls.

  61. Eng 124-4 (target 239)

    Australia turn back to leg-spinner Kristen Beams as they try to break this fifth-wicket stand, upon which so much depends for England. Australia are leaping around appealing for a catch down the leg side, but it looked to be pad rather than bat. And Sciver keeps things interesting by whacking the last ball of Beams's over through extra cover for four.

  62. Eng 119-4 (Greenway 14*, Sciver 22*)

    Lanning continues to utilise her bowlers in short spells as she turns back to left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, who opened both the bowling and the batting today. Greenway adds a single, Sciver unleashes a well-timed sweep which flies towards deep mid-wicket, and the boundary fielder's dive can only push the ball onto the rope.

    Australia are whipping through their overs here, but - whisper it quietly - the England "worm" checking their run rate is still ahead of where Australia's was at this stage.

  63. Eng 113-4 (target 239)

    Greenway dabs Coyte for a single, and Sciver, for now, curbs her attacking instincts to push the score along with a single. England need 127 from 22 overs - or 132 balls if you prefer.

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  65. Eng 111-4 (Greenway 12*, Sciver 16*)

    Ferling slings down a bouncer at Sciver, who attacks it with a cross bat and is nearly caught in the covers. Next ball is also short, but this time a more controlled shot brings the Surrey right-hander four through long leg.

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  67. Eng 105-4 (target 239)

    The rain is holding off for now as England resume, and after four overs of spin from Osborne, Australia turn back to the medium pace of Sarah Coyte at the Old Pavilion End - and there's only a Sciver single from the over. If it did rain now... England would be about 15 short on Duckworth-Lewis.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: There are so many people with stands named after them here at Taunton - Ian Botham, Andy Caddick, Marcus Trescothick, Colin Atkinson. I'd settle for a window named after me at The Oval.

    Dan Norcross adds: "Where's the Vic Marks Stand? What about a "Dasher" Denning T20 dugout?"

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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I wonder if Meg Lanning knew about this possible rain when she won the toss. Normally if there's rain you bat second as it's easier to manipulate the score on Duckworth-Lewis.
  70. Scorecard update

    Scorecard
  71. Drinks break

    Eng 104-4 (target 239)

    A few specks of rain around at Taunton - the TMS team, sitting outside the still-being-built media centre, are fearful for their electronic equipment if it gets worse. Greenway and Sciver nurdle a couple of singles, but the boundaries appear to have dried up.

    We're at the halfway point. Players taking drinks. Who's your money on?

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This partnership is going to be a bit like the one between Perry and Blackwell. These two are intelligent and experienced enough to do that. They just need to stick in for now - don't do anything before 35 overs.
  73. Eng 102-4 (Osborne 4-0-16-2)

    Osborne is charged with a no-ball for a high full toss, which the powerful Sciver blasts, baseball-style, to long-on. That brings up the hundred for England. Osborne, a canny off-spinner from New South Wales, nearly traps Greenway in front but is quickly through her over - although a wide extends it.

    Natalie Sciver
  74. Eng 97-4 (Greenway 9*, Sciver 8*)

    Perry (1-26 from seven) is replaced by Ferling - I've noticed this before from Australia, they tend not to use their two quickest bowlers in tandem. Just two singles from the over.

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  76. Eng 95-4 (target 239)

    Greenway has played some memorable one-day innings for England, until now she's been at the pushing-and-nudging stage - but now finally unleashes one of her fluent reverse sweeps, swiping Osborne to the boundary for four.

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  78. Eng 90-4 (Greenway 4*, Sciver 6*)

    Perry continues for her seventh over - while there's the possible threat of rain, the fact that we're through 20 overs now means we have a match constituted, and shouldn't have to make use of the reserve day that has been scheduled for each of the ODIs. Four from the over.

    If those clouds get any worse, I couldn't tell you who's ahead on Duckworth-Lewis - but Australia were 64-3 at this stage.

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: If you're going to play Georgia Elwiss as a batsman, at seven, without bowling her - why not play Jenny Gunn? Or Lauren Winfield?
  80. Eng 86-4 (target 239)

    Natalie Sciver is the new batter, she gets a few smiles back on the faces of the Taunton crowd as a back-foot cover drive brings her four off her first ball, before she helps a single to fine leg. Australia then think they've got Greenway lbw... but the ball disappears for a leg bye. Looked like it could have been going down leg.

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    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport at Taunton

    Quote Message: The crowd have gone eerily quiet after the losses of Amy Jones and Sarah Taylor, just as the sun dips behind some ominous-looking clouds. There are nerves aplenty amongst the watching public, a proper Ashes atmosphere, it must be said.
  82. WICKET

    Taylor c Healy b Osborne 30 (Eng 80-4)

    Jubilation for Australia as Taylor tries to dab Osborne down towards third man, and gets a faint nick to the keeper. Taylor departs, how much of England's hopes have departed with her?

    Sarah Taylor out
  83. Eng 80-3 (Taylor 30*, Greenway 1*)

    Australia are ringing the changes here - after just two overs of leg-spin from Beams, the Southern Stars turn back to the pace of Ellyse Perry to bowl at Greenway, who is watchful early on against the Aussie spearhead - indeed, it's a maiden over.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia just keep putting the brakes on, making sure this England innings doesn't get into a rhythm.
  85. Eng 80-3 (target 239)

    Left-hander Lydia Greenway is the new batter, vastly experienced with 121 previous ODIs under her belt. She's off the mark with a wristy single through mid-wicket.

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    Isa Guha

    Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: A huge wicket from Australia's point of view because they keep picking up wickets at regular intervals. Sarah Taylor is struggling for a partner at the moment.
  87. WICKET

    Jones c Jonassen b Osborne 15 (Eng 79-3)

    A promising partnership is ended as Erin Osborne comes on for first over and Jones lifts her second ball to Jonassen at mid-wicket.

    Sarah Taylor
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  89. Eng 79-2

    A better over from the leg-spinner Beams, but the field is set deep now and England help themselves to another busy overs of ones and twos without too much trouble.

  90. Eng 72-2 (target 239)

    Taylor and Jones, both wicketkeepers by trade, help themselves to several singles, while Jones drives Coyte to deep extra cover for two. This pair have added 31 already, and Jones seems to have studied at the Alec Stewart Academy of Bat-Twirling - giving it a spin or two between deliveries.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia need a little breakthrough here - Coyte has the experience, she's kept Jones quiet.
  92. Eng 65-2 (Taylor 26*, Jones 5*)

    Leg-spinner Kristen Beams into the attack, and her first ball is an absolute pie of a full toss which Taylor despatches for two. Harsh to suggest she might have been taught leg-spin by whoever coached Steve Smith to bowl? Beams isn't quite finding her areas yet, but Jones picks up a single to the cover sweeper.

  93. Eng 61-2 (target 239)

    Sarah Taylor continues to live dangerously - crouching down to attempt a ramp shot past the keeper, of the sort which the Taunton faithful might associate with another England wicketkeeper - ex-Somerset man Jos Buttler. But she can't connect cleanly and although it goes for four, leg byes are signalled. Bit of a risky shot in the circumstances?

    Sarah Taylor
  94. Eng 56-2 (Taylor 22*, Jones 4*)

    A reprieve for Taylor - lofting Ferling high in the air over square leg, Jess Cameron scampers in from the rope and dives forward but the catch falls short of her, and Cameron can only parry the ball to a team-mate as Taylor takes a single. Her 22 has come from 19 balls.

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  96. Eng 55-2

    Taylor forces Ferling for four with a characteristic whipped shot over mid-wicket - and when umpire Alex Wharf spreads his arms to signal a legside wide, the crowd is able to applaud England reaching 50. The next ball is wide outside off stump, and also signalled wide, and the teenager is struggling for line and length at the moment as Taylor flicks another four through mid-wicket.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: For me, Amy Jones is part of the future - maybe this [number four] is a position they want her to grow into. I might have picked Lauren Winfield at this stage.
  98. Eng 45-2 (target 239)

    The new batter is Amy Jones, playing only her fifth ODI - but she's off the mark with a lovely four through the covers, all along the ground.

  99. WICKET

    Knight c Lanning b Coyte 12 (Eng 41-2)

    England lose a second wicket - Knight tries to force Coyte through the leg side, gets plenty of bottom hand on it and lifts a catch to mid-on. Both openers gone.

    Meg Lanning
  100. Eng 41-1 (target 239)

    And it's a double change in the bowling as Perry gives way to fellow pace bowler Holly Ferling, who burst onto the international scene at the 2013 World Cup and is still in her teens - not turning 20 until December. She's had one or two injury problems since then, but is fit again now. However, her first over doesn't go well as Taylor tucks in with a two and an on-driven four.

  101. Eng 35-1 (Knight 12*, Taylor 7*)

    Australia make their first bowling change as right-arm medium-pacer Sarah Coyte replaces spinner Jonassen, and Knight pushes her first ball for two. Taylor then has to be alert as Knight straight-drives and Coyte sticks out a hand to divert it onto the stumps at the bowler's end, but Taylor had regained her ground in time. England add a couple of quick singles.

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  103. Eng 31-1 (target 239)

    Perry begins her fifth over at the River End, Taylor doubles her score with a single, while Knight steers one to Elyse Villani who's acting as the cover sweeper at this stage. But England release the pressure as Perry serves up a full toss which Taylor punches over mid-on for four.

    And the "who will win the Women's Ashes?" vote has closed - 88% of you went for England, 12% for Australia. Thanks to all of you who voted.

  104. Eng 25-1 (Knight 8*, Taylor 1*)

    Knight helps herself to a well-run two as England look to rebuild after losing their captain.

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  106. Eng 23-1 (target 239)

    Sarah Taylor chops her first ball down to Holly Ferling at third man, Knight rotates the strike, and Perry nearly has a second wicket in the over as Taylor plays and misses. A no-ball gives her a free hit, but she can only smear the extra delivery straight to mid-wicket.

    Elsewhere in the world of cricket, England's men have announced their squad for the third Test - with Jonny Bairstow recalled in place of Gary Ballance.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I used to have three favourite bowling actions - Isa Guha (but don't tell her), Jhulan Goswami, and Ellyse Perry, with that lovely high arm.
  108. WICKET

    Edwards b Perry 15 (Eng 20-1)

    Heartbreak for Edwards as she reaches for a ball outside off stump and gets a bottom edge onto her stumps. Big wicket for Australia who celebrate wildly.

    Ellyse Perry
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Nothing really in the wicket for the bowlers at the moment.
  110. Eng 20-0 (Jonassen 3-0-7-0)

    Australia persist with Jonassen's left-arm spin, and it seems to be working as after a single from Knight, Edwards is tied down for most of the over although she takes a single off the last ball.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: England did play a couple of games in Scarborough last year - but logistically, when you want all games to be televised, you need to work with the schedulers. It's been crucial that this Women's Ashes has not clashed with the men's.
  112. Eng 18-0 (target 239)

    Another well-timed shot from the skipper, this time an on-drive, brings Edwards her third boundary of the day. A solid start from England. Perry has 0-13 from three overs.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I don't think I've ever come to a women's international game where there's been a queue of people when I got to the ground, so they've marketed it well here.
  114. Eng 14-0 (Edwards 10*, Knight 4*)

    Edwards crouches to sweep a quicker ball from Jonassen, Knight is halfway down the pitch before Edwards is back on her feet, and is sent scurrying back. But the England skipper waits for the looser delivery to hit, driving a wider delivery and just as in the Australia innings, the Taunton outfield is very quick and that's four. A single to deep mid-wicket takes Edwards into double figures.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It's always been a good batting wicket here in Taunton, plenty of runs.
  116. Eng 9-0 (target 239)

    Perry, a thick stripe of white sun cream plastered across her nose and cheeks, has a short mid-on posted for Knight, who's off the mark as she forces a four between that mid-on fielder and the bowler, down towards the Sir Ian Botham Stand behind long-on.

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  118. Eng 5-0 (Edwards 5*, Knight 0*)

    Here's a surprise - rather than opening up with their two star pace bowlers, Australia hand the second over to left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, who has the honour of opening the batting and the bowling today. She gives it plenty of air to Edwards, but the England captain resists the temptation to whack the cover off it this early. Maiden over.

  119. Eng 5-0 (target 239)

    A single from Edwards brings Heather Knight on strike for the first time - having grown up in Devon, I'm sure she'll have a few family and friends in the crowd at Taunton today. She sees off the rest of Perry's over.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: England have so much batting in the tank, so much experience.
  121. Eng 4-0

    Fresh from her heroics with the bat, right-arm quick Ellyse Perry takes the new ball for Australia - and it's a great start for England as Charlotte Edwards steers the first ball of the innings for four.

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    Umpires Steve O'Shaughnessy and Alex Wharf emerge from the Andy Caddick Pavilion, followed by the Australian fielders and England opening pair Charlotte Edwards and Heather Knight.

    England need 239 to win and take the first points from the series - with Australia's formidable pace attack warming up, a clash of the titans awaits.

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    Quote Message: We're not going to make the six host awards until December, but most of the scheduling will have been done by then. The gold standard would be to have a certain number, if not all the games, on television. from Clare Connor ECB head of women's cricket
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    Quote Message: We're going to centrally allocate the 18 centrally contracted players - so three for each team - but try to keep local affiliations. We don't want four strong teams and two weak teams, we know who the best domestic players are and want to make sure the competition is best v best. from Clare Connor ECB head of women's cricket
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  128. Women's Cricket Super League

    Quote Message: In an ideal world, we'd like to have two teams in the north, two in the Midlands and two in the south. From a Super League, we want good community engagement and six hubs which can help grow women's domestic cricket. from Clare Connor ECB head of women's cricket
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    Quote Message: It's a good total. Given the pitch and the rapidity of the outfield, it might be a bit under par. But runs on the board creates that pressure with the chasing team, so it's game on. from Clare Connor ECB head of women's cricket
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  131. Interval

    Keep listening to Test Match Special where during the interval, they will be discussing the recently announced Women's Cricket Super League (WCSL),  which will take place in England next season, with ECB head of women's cricket Clare Connor.

  132. End-of-innings scorecard

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: There are a few team selections here I wouldn't necessarily have gone with. I'd have had Lauren Winfield in, who scores plenty of runs in county cricket, and I'm not sure why Dani Hazell isn't in the squad.
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    Australia's Ellyse Perry, who became only the third player in history to score six consecutive ODI fifties, on Sky Sports: " I'm really enjoying the opportunity with the bat. It's been fantastic to bat a bit higher and to develop my game.

    "Probably 260-280 was a par score. England bowled really well to restrict us to what they did - they were exceptional."

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This could have been a different game but for Ellyse Perry. Now there is enough in it to make the Australia bowlers excited.
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    So, three wickets and a run-out for Katherine Brunt, and four run-outs in total, in an entertaining innings. Australia have runs on the board, but which side will be taking two Women's Ashes points away with them up the M5 today?

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia would have liked at least 20 more but this is a pretty good score on here.
  138. Aus 238-9

    Grundy tosses it up, Healy can only take a single to long-on, exposing teenager Ferling to the penultimate ball of the innings. But she can be proud of a lofted drive over the bowler which brings Healy back on strike for the last ball, which she slams through deep mid-wicket - and as Brunt and Sciver combine to cut off the boundary, Healy comes back for two and England will need 239 to win.

  139. Aus 234-9

    Pace bowler Holly Ferling strides to the middle as Australia's number 11, as Rebecca Grundy is given the last over. Healy swings and misses, keeper Taylor misses it two and they scamper back for two byes. Another fluent reverse sweep takes Healy to 26 from 23 balls. Three left.

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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Another fine performance from England's spearhead.
  141. WICKET

    Beams lbw Brunt 1 (Aus 228-9)

    Hell hath no fury like a Brunt scorned... the Barnsley speedster has her revenge as tail-ender Beams is pinned back on her crease by the last ball of Brunt's spell. And had she not been given lbw, she might also have been given caught behind. Brunt finishes with figures of 10-2-48-3.

  142. Aus 228-8

    Can Brunt finish it for England - or failing that, keep Alyssa Healy off strike? Healy waits for a slower ball, walking across her stumps and lofting it over square leg for four as Brunt literally kicks the turf in frustration. Next ball, Healy hits it back to the bowler, Brunt flings the ball at the stumps with fury, but Healy has a smile on her face.

  143. Aus 221-8 (Knight 10-0-42-1)

    Leg-spinner Kristen Beams, who's never faced England before, can only keep out the rest of the over as Knight completes an excellent spell which included the key wicket of Ellyse Perry.

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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: England's ground fielding has been great in the last 10 overs - they have reined Australia in with a series of brilliant pieces of fielding.
  145. WICKET

    Coyte run out (Brunt/Taylor) 7 (Aus 221-8)

    Is this another run-out? Coyte guides the ball to Katherine Brunt at long leg and comes back for a second run, Taylor whips the bails off and that's four run-outs! Superb from England, their coaches can take a bow for this excellent fielding display.

  146. Aus 218-7

    Sarah Coyte, with large tattoos covering her left bicep, smashes her first ball from Brunt through point for four, then adds a single to keep the strike.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia have kept the momentum going even when they have lost wickets. That's the exciting things about these teams - they bat right the way down.
  148. WICKET

    Osborne run out (Edwards) 1 (Aus 213-7)

    Another direct hit! This time it's the veteran Charlotte Edwards. With only one stump to aim at from backward square leg, she sends Osborne back to the pavilion. Brilliant from the skipper.

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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: I think we've seen more direct hits today than in the whole of the World Cup from the men.
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: The run-outs are what have caused the damage for Australia.
  151. Aus 209-6 (Healy 11*, Osborne 1*)

    Erin Osborne replaces Perry - thankfully we've avoided the world of party politics today as it would have been difficult if we'd had to talk about the effectiveness (or not) of a Cameron-Osborne partnership... Australia have four overs left but their biggest guns have gone.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Brilliant catch, but Perry has played an absolutely blinding innings. Coming in at a tough time with her team three wickets down, she built a partnership and set her team a nice platform to kick on from.
  153. WICKET

    Perry c Sciver b Knight 78 (Aus 207-6)

    Perry goes! Knight floats one up, Perry lifts it over mid-wicket and is pouched by Nat Sciver on the boundary. Her 78 came from 96 balls and has been crucial to Australia's chances.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Anya Shrubsole bowled OK. I'd like to have seen more nip from her, but she's been tidy. She will want a little bit more from herself in the rest of the series.
  155. Aus 205-5 (Shrubsole 10-0-42-0)

    Shrubsole will be the first England bowler to complete her spell here - yielding five runs to the Australia sixth-wicket pair.

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  157. Aus 200-5 (Perry 74*, Healy 8*)

    With Kate Cross expensive last over, England turn back to vice-captain Heather Knight for some more off-spin from the Old Pavilion End. After a quartet of singles, Healy reverse-sweeps her first four to bring up 200 for the Southern Stars.

    In other news, Hong Kong have qualified for the men's World Twenty20 next year after winning a thrilling qualifying game against Afghanistan, who have one more chance to qualify.

  158. Aus 192-5

    Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy - niece of ex-Aussie stumper Ian Healy, and recently engaged to current left-arm terroriser Mitchell Starc - is the new batter. Healy and Perry work Shrubsole for a few singles and a two - seven overs to go.

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    Cameron run out (Greenway) 23 (Aus 187-5)

    Cameron calls Perry for a quick single, Perry has no interest and the ball's straight to England's gun fielder Lydia Greenway at cover point - a rapid throw, Sarah Taylor demolishes the stumps and the retreating Cameron is run out.

  160. Aus 187-4

    Perry digs out a yorker to finish the over - she has 69 from 85 balls, while Cameron has raced to 23 from 21.

  161. Aus 186-4

    England need to put the brakes on here - and turn back to Kate Cross, who can bowl up to four of the last nine overs here. But she drops far too short for Cameron, the ball sits up and is smacked towards the Andy Caddick Pavilion where the players change. Another firm strike over the bowler's head, that's four more and Cross is taking some punishment.

  162. Running hot

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  163. Aus 178-4 (Perry 69*, Cameron 13*)

    Perry chips Shrubsole for four over the square leg umpire's head, a single takes her score to 69.