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Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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  1. On to Hove

    And that's where we're going to leave it - England fans will be hoping for a repeat performance from Sarah Taylor when the series continues at her home ground Hove on Friday. It's another 19:00 BST start - make sure you join us then.

    Plenty of cricket on the BBC tomorrow, though. You can listen to Ireland v Australia ODI  commentary from BBC Radio Ulster, but not on your wireless - only through the BBC Sport website and app. And in the afternoon, there's the last two One-Day Cup quarter-finals as Essex, Yorkshire, Surrey and Kent bid to join Notts and Gloucestershire in the semis.

    Until then, if you're an England follower, be cheered that Edwards and Taylor were very much back in the groove today. And if you're an Aussie - you're still just one win from regaining the Women's Ashes. Bye for now.

  2. Player of the match

    Quote Message: It was nice to contribute, we talked a lot about pride and the performance we put in was brilliant - all the girls did us proud. We're going to go to Hove and try to play the same way. We've always got to look forward and that's what we're doing. I just hope every single one of us can take the form into the next game. from Sarah Taylor England wicketkeeper
    Sarah TaylorEngland wicketkeeper
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: The danger at Hove is that it's an interesting-paced pitch, but I've seen Luke Wright and Chris Nash score a lot of runs there in T20. We saw with the Jenny Gunn over where Lanning got hold of it - England can't take their foot off the gas.
  4. Player of the match

    The player of the match award goes to England's Sarah Taylor for her half century. No doubt with an honourable mention to the Chelmsford groundsman for getting the game on at all!

  5. Captain's view

    Quote Message: A perfect performance from us under extreme pressure. I asked for character and we certainly showed that tonight. The atmosphere here, everyone here gets behind us and it's nice to keep our unbeaten run going. We didn't want to go too much into the Test match, we had a good week at Loughborough and I knew we needed our big players to come to the party. That's character from Sarah Taylor and I'm really proud of her. We've got two massive games, if you're not doing anything in Brighton on Friday please come down! from Charlotte Edwards England captain on Sky Sports
    Charlotte EdwardsEngland captain on Sky Sports
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Other than Perry and Lanning, Australia weren't able to build partnerships, even though a few players got starts. They consistently lost wickets - whereas England took it deep and only lost a couple at the end.
  7. Final scorecard

    England celebrate

    Australia: 122-8 (20 overs) (Perry 30, Sciver 2-18)England: 125-3 (17.3 overs) (Taylor 50, Osborne 2-22)

    Bowling figures: Perry 4-0-26-1; Schutt 2.3-0-21-0; Coyte 3-0-23-0; Jonassen 3-0-24-0; Osborne 3-0-22-2; Harris 2-0-9-0.

  8. Captain's view

    Quote Message: We couldn't get the momentum we wanted, we kept losing wickets and 122 was never going to be enough. We were out-fielded by England but we're going to try to get that win at Hove, though we're going to have to play a lot better. The ground's an interesting shape which took a while to get used to, but the crowd came and supported England well - we like to play in front of big crowds. from Meg Lanning Australia captain on Sky Sports
    Meg LanningAustralia captain on Sky Sports
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Hove is another brilliant ground for women's cricket. I was pleased to see Brunt come up the order.
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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Danielle Hazell did well to absolutely tie Meg Lanning down - even though it was a full toss which did for her. For me, that was the turning point.
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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It didn't seem as though it would be possible for England to win all three Twenty20s but now it could be and that's what England have to believe.
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It's interesting because Australia have played Ireland and had perfect preparation but today it didn't look as though they clicked. I think the powerplay killed them.
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    And with the series still alive - and Australia's 16-game streak of T20 wins ended - it's good news for anyone with a ticket for Hove on Friday.

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia weren't at the races today. They always seemed to be an over behind, which is odd when you're trying to set a total.
  17. Champagne moment

    England beat Australia by seven wickets and take two points - Australia lead multi-format series 8-4.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This is absolutely brilliant from England and shows the fight they have, that they are capable of coming back. They have been clinical today and far outplayed Australia. This is what you need to see going into the last two games.
  19. England 125-3

    A streaky inside edge for four from Sciver wins it with 15 balls to spare -  but England won't mind. Fortress Chelmsford repels the invaders once more.

  20. Eng 121-3 (target 123)

    Sciver smashes Coyte through mid-wicket for four. Two to win.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia would have felt there were three games to do it and been very confident but maybe they have let their guard down a little bit.
  22. Eng 117-3 (Sciver 12, Brunt 13)

    Brunt whacks a two through mid-wicket, leaving her six to win - she aims an almighty blast at Perry's last ball but doesn't connect. Perry finishes with 1-26 from four overs - England need six runs from 18 balls.

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Brunt will come off now and ask Charlotte Edwards if she can open in the next game!
  24. Eng 115-3

    Brunt helps herself to a two, then cuts a bouncer for four more! Eight to win - time to start the car?

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Meg Lanning is still thinking and trying new things.
  26. Eng 109-3 (target 123)

    Lanning doesn't have many cards left to play - and sticks her trump card on the table by throwing the ball to pace spearhead Ellyse Perry for her last over - but it's advantage England as Brunt smashes the first ball of the over through point for four. 14 from 23.

  27. Eng 105-3 (Sciver 12, Brunt 1)

    Katherine Brunt, as we said earlier, is up the order at number five today - and a long over ends when she guides her first ball for a single. 18 from 24 balls wins the game for England.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Good captaincy from Meg Lanning, she almost teased that out of her by bringing the fielders up. But let's not take away from a brilliant innings, Sarah Taylor looking at her finest.
  29. WICKET

    Taylor st Healy b Osborne 50 (Eng 104-3)

    Oh, that's clever captaincy. A fifth fielder is brought up into the circle to tempt Taylor to hit over the top - and when she does, she's beaten in the flight and is comprehensively stumped. 19 needed from 25 balls, can England see it home from here?

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It's such a different England team when she's in form. Her timing has been impeccable, this is brilliant from Sarah Taylor.
  31. 50 for Sarah Taylor

    Eng 104-2

    Sarah Taylor celebrates

    Sarah Taylor takes full advantage of that free-hit ball, crashing it backward of square leg to bring up her fifty from 42 balls.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This is a brilliant turnaround from England. They have never lost at Fortress Chelmsford and this is the sixth match.
  33. Eng 100-2

    Finally umpire Nick Cook signals a no-ball for a shoulder-high full toss from Osborne which Sciver whacks, baseball-style, to mid-on for one. Hundred up for England. They also have a free hit.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Sciver has come in and given it that impetus.
  35. Missed run-out

    Eng 98-2

    Sciver comes back for a second run, taking on the powerful arm of Ellyse Perry but keeper Healy can't take it cleanly and the chance is missed. Sciver makes them pay with an aggressive pull for four.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Sciver looks to be wearing an enormous jumper. The breeze got into it as she went for that run and made it look like a Puffa jacket.
  37. Eng 91-2 (Taylor 45, Sciver 5)

    Jonassen to bowl, Australia look reasonably happy to give Sciver the strike at this stage - but the Surrey all-rounder is a capable striker of the ball, clubbing a two to deep square leg and rotating the strike well. Taylor nicks another one off the last ball - 30 balls left for England to score 32.

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  40. Eng 84-2 (target 123)

    Natalie Sciver is the new batter, having donned a long-sleeved sweater - it looks a slightly chilly night in Chelmsford after all that rain earlier. She's off the mark with a single, Taylor knocks one to deep square leg to retain the strike. England need 40 from 36 balls.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia will still give themselves a little bit of hope. You'd say it was very much in England's favour but Australia will hope to tie a few new batsmen up.
  42. WICKET

    Edwards st Healy b Osborne 39 (Eng 82-2)

    Charlotte Edwards is stumped out

    Edwards slides her bat along the ground - but did she get it back in time? No - the verdict is out. The England skipper walks off to warm applause, but will be disappointed not to have seen her side home.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Charlotte Edwards isn't renowned for moving the quickest, she got her feet stuck.
  44. Umpire review

    With Harris looking unlikely to make the breakthrough, the Southern Stars turn back to fellow off-spinner Osborne - and when Edwards over-reaches herself coming a yard down the track, Australia appeal for a stumping...

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Bit of a headache for Meg Lanning here about how they are going to break this partnership.
  46. Eng 80-1 (Edwards 38, Taylor 40)

    Sarah Taylor bats

    Coyte in for her third over, but Taylor and Edwards are both using their feet well against the seamers to put them off their length. Five from the over, with both batters eyeing up half-centuries - this stand is worth 75.

    In tennis terms, Australia have three match points to win the Women's Ashes. And unless they break this partnership, they'll be down to two.

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  48. Eng 75-1 (target 123)

    The cap-wearing Grace Harris to continue, her off-spin looks fairly innocuous but it's sometimes those sorts of bowlers who get you out. Remember Steve Smith getting Alastair Cook out last Friday? A quieter over for England, four singles from it so they're keeping the run rate pretty constant - 48 needed from 48 balls.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: They're getting a good measure of the pitch, which the Australians struggled to do.
  50. Eng 71-1 (Edwards 33, Taylor 36)

    Captain Lanning rotates her bowlers, Sarah Coyte has switched to the Hayes Close End, but it's business as usual for the old firm of Edwards and Taylor - the captain does well to find a gap wide of mid-on for four, while Villani does well to chase one to the long-off boundary. The hosts need 52 from 54 balls to keep the series alive.

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    Quote Message: We're going well and these two are building a good partnership so the nerves are in a good place. We're all aware we need to win this one to stay in it and it's a case of turning things around. The girls bowled fantastically and that was backed up in the field. We love playing here at Chelmsford and the crowd have been phenomenal. from Lauren Winfield England opener on Sky Sports
    Lauren WinfieldEngland opener on Sky Sports
  52. Eng 62-1 (target 123)

    Grace Harris into the attack - and she's bowling in a cap! Time to enter her into the cap-bowling hall of fame which includes Geoffrey Boycott (of course) and ex-Australia all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar. Though listed on the TV caption as "right-arm medium", it looks like Harris is bowling off-spin, though at one point she bowls an enormously high full toss of the sort you'd see on a village green. It's not signalled as a no-ball though, as the bemused Taylor knocks it away for a single.

    England are at the halfway point of their innings in all senses - 10 overs gone, 62 runs scored, 61 needed.

  53. Eng 57-1 (Edwards 25, Taylor 30)

    Charlotte Edwards bats

    All too easy for Taylor as Jonassen bowls an inviting full toss and the Sussex wicketkeeper lifts it back over her head for four. A single takes Taylor to 29 from 21 balls - Edwards is batting more serenely, but knocks a two to third man to bring up the fifty stand. The singles are flowing very freely. 66 needed from 66.

  54. Eng 47-1 (target 123)

    Another high full toss, this time from a spinner, doesn't tempt the umpire so signal a no-ball - but Edwards swats it away for a single.

    England need 76 from 72 balls - were it to rain now, they're 35 ahead on Duckworth-Lewis.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Could that be a turning point? It should have been taken. Those last two balls I have started to get a little bit jittery. It's much easier when you're playing.
  56. Dropped catch

    Eng 45-1

    Spin from both ends as off-spinner Erin Osborne comes to the party, bowling round the wicket from the River End. Osborne had the briefest of stays with the bat, hitting her only delivery for a single and being run out coming back for the second. But she's let down when Edwards skips down the track and is dropped by Villani leaping to her left at mid-off. Could be crucial.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Perhaps a little lack of concentration from Meg Lanning not putting a fine-leg or a third man for Taylor. Some of those runs could have been saved. This was the point where Australia had a little glimmer of explosiveness.
  58. Eng 43-1 (Edwards 19, Taylor 22)

    Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards pick up runs

    With the powerplay fielding restrictions over, Australia turn to Jess Jonassen's left-arm spin, but England are happy to milk her first over for a couple of singles, a carefully dabbed two to third man and a well-run three from a delicate Taylor paddle-sweep.

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: A much more productive powerplay for England than Australia.
  60. Eng 36-1 (target 123)

    Taylor tries a dab to third man, it flies off an inside edge to fine leg but some great backing up from Edwards ensures it's a comfortable single. At the risk of a commentator's curse, but I have to say it, these two are being really positive between the wickets. Australia were 26-1 at this stage.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: The crowd want to see more of this from Taylor. England want more of it. This could be the match which re-ignites the series and Sarah Taylor's form.
  62. Eng 33-1

    Sarah Coyte replaces fellow right-arm seamer Schutt - but Taylor takes a step down the track and hammers a four through extra cover. Lovely shot.

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Edwards was apoplectic after that delivery wasn't called a no-ball for height.
  64. Eng 27-1 (Edwards 15, Taylor 10)

    Vintage Sarah Taylor - crouching down to use the pace of the ball and ramp Perry over fine leg for four. A single takes her into double figures. Edwards then has to face a brute of a waist-high full toss but she despatches it through long leg for four.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This is almost like the Lanning-Perry partnership equivalent for England.
  66. How's stat?!

    And that's Edwards's 300th boundary in 85 Twenty20 internationals. The leader in men's T20 international cricket is Brendon McCullum with 1999.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: One of the common themes in county cricket is how do you get Charlotte Edwards out? The answer is you run her out because with the bat it is almost impossible.
  68. Eng 17-1 (target 123)

    Taylor clips Schutt through mid-wicket for two, though Edwards had to hurry. I'm sure even the England captain herself would concede that with her 36th birthday on the horizon (17 December if you want to send a card), she's not the quickest between the wickets. Plenty of quick singles keep the pressure on, before Edwards takes advantage of the field being up to guide a four through the covers.

    England's best over yet, but why do I get the feeling they'll win this by nine wickets or lose it by 30 runs?

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Why is it I always get a little more nervous when Sarah Taylor comes to the crease? Because it could be something incredible.
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  71. Eng 7-1 (Perry 2-0-4-1)

    Sarah Taylor in at three - and there's a big cheer from the Chelmsford crowd as Perry is charged with a wide outside off stump. Taylor, batting in a long-sleeved shirt and sleeveless sweater, is off the mark with a single off her legs.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: That was a nothing shot from Winfield. She almost lashed out in anger because that score is just five runs from two overs.
  73. WICKET

    Winfield c Villani b Perry 1 (Eng 5-1)

    England are dawdling a little here - and when Winfield tries to force the pace, she lifts the ball to mid-on and is easily caught by Elyse Villani, who is the only player fielding bare-headed and has recently added a dark streak to her shock of blonde hair. She celebrates with Perry as Winfield departs - caught Elyse, bowled Ellyse.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: One big innings is all it needs for potentially saving the Ashes. I think it is a below par total from Australia - I would have expected them to score more but it is a tough one because how do England approach it? Go all guns blazing or slow and steady?
  75. Eng 4-0 (Edwards 3, Winfield 1)

    Right-arm seamer Megan Schutt, who's had a good series with the ball, takes the second over - and Edwards is nearly caught out of her crease as she chops the ball down towards the keeper. Some good hustle brings England some quick singles, but it's not an explosive start by the hosts.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: It looks like Winfield is batting out of her crease to try and distract Perry.
  77. Eng 1-0 (target 123)

    Edwards, the top run-scorer in women's T20 internationals, takes four balls to get off the mark as she guides a two through mid-wicket. Winfield plays her first ball back to the bowler as though we're still in Test match mode, and hits the last straight to a fielder to end a tight first over.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: All to play for here. For Charlotte Edwards she will be looking to do something Australia couldn't and rotate the strike.
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    Ellyse Perry will take the new ball at the Hayes Close End - bowling to a determined-looking Charlotte Edwards, who's accompanied to the middle by Lauren Winfield.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Australia have Perry with the new ball. We saw the damage they did in the Test match so there is opportunity for Australia.

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Another couple of overs of Meg Lanning and Australia could have been looking at 150.
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Charlotte Edwards will probably be saying a few swear words and saying this is what we are playing for and that everyone is out there supporting you. She will be having one-on-one chats with her key players and saying 'this is where we need you'.

  84. Get involved

    So - England need 123 to win and keep the series alive. And after a disappointing series so far by her high standards - not least a "pair" in the Test at Canterbury - is this Sarah Taylor's night? Do text, tweet and email us with your thoughts...

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Sarah Taylor needs to come to the party today. If she does, this game's over.
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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: If England lose an early wicket, should they throw Katherine Brunt up even higher than five, while the field's still in?
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia had a few escapes. Potentially you could have seen them bowled out for 90. The powerplay is where the game is going to be potentially won or lost for England. I don't think England have the skill set to get themselves out of trouble by hitting sixes.
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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

  89. Scorecard

    Australia 122-8 (20 overs) (Perry 30, Blackwell 19)

    Bowling figures: Brunt 4-0-18-0; Shrubsole 3-0-15-1; Gunn 3-0-21-1; Hazell 4-0-21-1; Knight 3-0-29-0; Sciver 3-0-18-2.

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    Kate Cross was left out of the Twenty20 squad after appearing in the ODIs and the Test.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: If England can get one big partnership, or even two reasonable partnerships, I think they'll get this total.
  93. "A gettable total"

    Quote Message: That was a really good team performance, a few run-outs and Katherine led the attack brilliantly so I think it's a gettable total. T20's a good format to express yourself, we've done that in the field and we now just have to do it with the bat. from Anya Shrubsole England fast bowler on Sky Sports
    Anya ShrubsoleEngland fast bowler on Sky Sports
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: All runs count, especially after hearing that stat about 116 being the average score. I think England will be very pleased with their performance in the field overall. They will be a little critical of their slower balls at times that were full tosses but overall it should give them enough momentum. Obviously they have the benefit of knowing what they have to do.
  95. Interval

    Aus 122-8

    General view of play

    Coyte's full-length dive was not in vain - the second run is awarded. So...

    England must score 123 in 20 overs to keep the Women's Ashes alive.

  96. Umpire review

    Cameron shovels another two, then can only flat-bat a single to long-off. Coyte to face the last ball of the innings - she drives past the bowler for a single, comes back for a second and is that a run-out at the striker's end? We're going upstairs...

  97. Aus 117-8

    England stick with Jenny Gunn even though Shrubsole has an over left - dot ball, then a single, Cameron skies it high but it falls short of two fielders and they run two.

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  99. Aus 114-8 (Cameron 7, Coyte 3)

    Sarah Coyte is Australia's number 10 - she whacks the ball to mid-wicket, Natalie Sciver pulls out the full-length dive which means Coyte earns three runs rather than four. One over left.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Australia are starting to look shambolic at the end of the innings. Very un-Australian like.
  101. WICKET

    Osborne run out 1 (Aus 111-8)

    Erin Osbourne leaves the field after being dismissed

    Nelson strikes and Australia are all at sea on this damp outfield - new batter Erin Osborne goes for a single, comes back for a second which was never there and Sarah Taylor has time to take the bails off in slow motion.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Katherine Brunt was on it like a whippet. She saw the stumps and had time but she threw the kitchen sink at it! If it missed it was going for overthrows. Australia will be disappointed none of their batters have found a way to build a partnership that would take the game away from England.
  103. WICKET

    Healy run out (Brunt direct hit) 4 (Aus 109-7)

    Katherine Brunt celebrates wicket

    Another direct hit, and another wicket! Healy pushes the ball into the leg side and sets off for a quick single, bowler Brunt pounces on the ball and demolishes the stumps with a fantastic throw! Seven down.

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  105. Aus 109-6

    England turn back to the pace of Katherine Brunt - Healy can only poke a single to point. Cameron digs out a full delivery to the same region and they scamper another.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: The early wicket of Villani gave them something to hang their hat on.
  107. Aus 107-6 (Cameron 5, Healy 3)

    Wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy joins Cameron at the crease - she's often batted in the top order but finds herself batting at eight today. With England restricting the Aussies to ones and twos, they're in a good position with two overs left.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Anya Shrubsole catch
    Quote Message: Excellent catch running backwards, she held herself and made sure she kept her eye on the ball. Australia have consistently lost wickets and Jenny Gunn - went for nine in her first over and dropped a catch - she'll be pleased.
  109. WICKET

    Blackwell c Shrubsole b Gunn 19 (Aus 103-6)

    Jenny Gunn celebrates wicket

    Shrubsole's having a purple patch in the field here, running back and taking a steepling catch at mid-off from Blackwell to give the returning Jenny Gunn her first wicket!

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  111. Aus 103-5

    Jess Cameron is the new batter, guiding her first ball from Sciver backward of square leg for four.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Once you get into direct hit territory it is always difficult to get back in your crease. T20 cricket all happens so quickly.
  113. WICKET

    Harris run out (Shrubsole direct hit) 3 (Aus 98-5)

    Blackwell drills the ball to Anya Shrubsole at mid-off - and though not renowned as one of England's fleetest-footed fielders, the Somerset pace bowler throws down the stumps at the bowler's end and Harris's Ashes debut is over nearly as soon as it has begun.

  114. Aus 98-4

    Harris steps across her stumps, looking like there's a Jos Buttler-style scoop in her armoury, but she can only hit it straight to short fine leg for a single. Even the Chelmsford scoreboard is struggling to keep up.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: They have pushed Harris up the order, she wasn't due to bat until number eight.
  116. Aus 94-4 (Blackwell 15, Harris 2)

    Harris has two singles from two balls, but a lot also depends on the experienced Blackwell. Danielle Hazell is back on the field, and moving much better than she was after taking a knock earlier.

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  118. Aus 91-4

    It's time for Grace - not WG, but young Queensland all-rounder Grace Harris, who comes with a big reputation. She's off the mark with a single as Knight has had a change of ends, but for now she's overshadowed by Blackwell who does well to crack a four through mid-wicket.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: A slower ball from Sciver, she has developed that really nicely over the last six to nine months. Jonassen can clear the ropes so that will be key. England have taken consistent wickets and no-one has quite been able to get going. If England can keep them to around 110 they will feel very much in this game.
  120. WICKET

    Jonassen c Gunn b Sciver 15 (Aus 84-4)

    Redemption for Jenny Gunn - having dropped that catch earlier, she comes in from the wide mid-wicket boundary to pluck one out of the air as Jess Jonassen tries to take on Sciver - who makes the breakthrough again and now has impressive figures of 2-0-9-2.

  121. Aus 82-3

    With substitute fielder Georgia Elwiss on the field as 12th man for Hazell, Blackwell flicks Sciver through mid-wicket but Lydia Greenway's dive prevents the boundary and turns a likely four into two.

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    Kalika Mehta

    BBC Sport at Chelmsford

    “I am yet to locate any blue Smurfs in tonight packed crowd but there is a big group of Minions, aka Colchester Women’s Cricket Club, have come to support England - despite the colour of their outfits.

    “There is nothing impartial about this crowd tonight in Essex, they’re fully behind the home side and they’re being pretty vocal in their support."

    England supporters at Chelmsford
  123. Aus 78-3 (Hazell 4-0-21-1)

    It's not easy for spinners to grip the ball when the outfield's damp, but Durham-born Hazell completes her spell for the addition of three more singles. It looks like she's leaving the field as well - we noticed her limping earlier.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: This is the last over from Hazell. She has been the key for England, Lanning and Perry have fallen since she has come on.
  125. Aus 75-3

    Hazell to bowl her fourth over straight through, she strays with a high full toss which Jonassen whacks wide of long-on for four.

  126. Aus 70-3 (Sciver 1-0-3-1)

    The experienced Alex Blackwell joins Jonassen at the crease, and Australia have to start again here. Just three singles from the over.

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Charlotte Edwards
    Quote Message: England will be joyous to have two new batsmen at the crease.
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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: What a big wicket. Sciver hasn't bowled much in the series but first ball she's got Perry, that's a massive wicket for England.
  129. WICKET

    Perry b Sciver 30 (Aus 67-3)

    Natalie Sciver celebrates

    A huge wicket - Perry is undone by the change of pace as she's drawn into a false shot and bowled by medium-pacer Natalie Sciver's first ball. England jubilant.

  130. Coach's view

    Quote Message: I think we have battled away, it was a good little partnership but we lost a wicket as we were just getting going. We've got some really attacking options to come in so we are confident we will have something to bowl at. We trained here last night and noticed the dew became a bit of a factor. from Matthew Mott Australia coach on Sky Sports
    Matthew MottAustralia coach on Sky Sports
  131. Aus 67-2

    Perry expertly bisects long-on and cow corner with a first-bounce four. A big let-off for Australia, that drop.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: For all England's fizz and energy in the field there was a slight mis-communciation there, Gunn not sure if the fielder was coming in from the boundary and it was a bit late.
  133. Dropped catch

    Aus 60-2

    Hazell nearly has a second wicket - Perry skies one high over mid-on and Jenny Gunn shells the catch sinking to her knees. And to add insult to injury, she throws to the unattended stumps and Australia profit to the tune of an overthrow.

  134. Aus 57-2

    Knight to continue, bowling round the wicket, and she's taken for six singles by Perry and Jonassen but will be happy not to concede a boundary.

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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: How about that? Wicket with a pie. But I wonder whether this is a smart move from Australia with a left-hander coming in to face two off-spinners?
  136. Aus 51-2 (Hazell 2-0-3-1)

    Jess Jonassen, who won the player of the match award on her Test debut in the last game of this multi-format series, is the new batter. Hazell, who's limping slightly as she walks back to her mark, is denied a wicket maiden as Perry knocks a single - but she nearly has a second wicket as the left-handed Jonassen swings and misses. We're at the half-way mark.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: Meg Lanning will be absolutely fuming. After being tied down by some good bowling it was a full toss that she didn't get hold of and it went into the hands of cow corner. That is very much Hazell's wicket, she was really making Lanning struggle. Dani Hazell back in the England side and loving life.
  138. WICKET

    Lanning c Greenway b Hazell 28 (Aus 50-2)

    Danielle Hazell celebrates wicket of Meg Lanning

    Just what England needed - the frustrated Lanning attempts another big blast as Hazell serves up a full toss, and is caught by the diving Lydia Greenway coming in from the cow corner boundary.

  139. Aus 50-1 (Perry 18, Lanning 28)

    Perry rides her luck a little - chipping the ball just over the fielder at mid-on but a sliding stop by Natalie Sciver at long-on cuts off the boundary. 50 up for the Southern Stars.

  140. Aus 47-1

    Gunn's off after that one expensive over and England turn to the off-spin of Heather Knight, who's likely to bat in the middle order today rather than her usual opening role in Tests and ODIs. Australia's second-wicket pair plunder some singles, while Knight serves up a juicy full toss which Lanning powerfully swats for four through mid-wicket.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: What an over - this is what England have been missing. I don't want to think about the past and hindsight, but she's needed now.
  142. Aus 37-1 (Hazell 1-0-2-0)

    Hazell, a dark blue flannel tucked into the back of her trousers to dry the ball, is quickly though her over and Lanning can only play out the rest of the over.

  143. Aus 37-1

    Time for some off-spin from Danielle Hazell from the River End - with Lanning and Perry threatening to "go large", can Hazell put the brakes on? Lanning is deceived by her first ball and nearly chops the second onto the stumps, but a fluent sweep brings her two.

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    Izzy Westbury

    Middlesex captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Meg Lanning bats
    Quote Message: I'm excited by Dani Hazell, she's going to have to show them what they have been missing because I am getting a bit worried about Lanning and Perry!
  145. Aus 35-1 (Perry 13, Lanning 19)

    Perry smacks Gunn straight back down the pitch and it cannons into the stumps. If Gunn had got a fingertip to it, Lanning would have been run out by a couple of yards. The Southern Stars captain, not having had much of the strike early on, has moved on to 19 from 13 balls.

    Remember, England must win to keep the series alive.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Quote Message: That was massive, she sees the length and just gets her hands through it brilliantly. There is a danger here because one thing Australia can do is hit sixes and they can catch up very quickly.