Victory for England in third Women's Ashes ODI


As England's men landed in Perth with a top six sporting more holes than any in modern Ashes memory, their world champion women issued a timely reminder that their own batting packs a punch.

England Women collected their first points of this year's Ashes series as their top order put on a batting masterclass to claim a 20-run Duckworth-Lewis victory in a rain-affected third one-day worldwide at Coffs Harbour.

The early success of the side that has them with a four points to nil lead in the series makes it hard to justify changes, but Gardner is sure to be a threat on return after taking 3-47 and making a game changing 27 off 18 when she came in at eight in the first match.

But the series remains well and truly up for grabs, with the sides now parting ways to prepare for the inaugural pink-ball Ashes Test at North Sydney Oval starting November 9.

But ahead of the third ODI on Sunday, Gunn said it was not the fault of Western Storm captain Knight that the latest match was lost even though, after winning the toss, her decision to let Australia bat first raised eyebrows.

"She's got a little bit of momentum there from the first game".

The pair added 118 runs in 120 balls.

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Chandler Catanzaro missed two field goals and usually surehanded returner Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt in the fourth quarter. Running back Tevin Coleman provided that spark, with 14 carries for 82 yards against the New York Jets .

While Beaumont was watchful, Taylor was enterprising and the two combined for England's biggest partnership of the tour (122), separated only when Taylor chipped Megan Schutt to cover for an entertaining 69.

The day didn't start too positively for the visitors, losing Lauren Winfield to a 10-ball duck - but the second-wicket partnership between Beaumont and Taylor set out England's stall.

Knight remained unbeaten making an 80-ball 88. It was skillful one-day batting of the highest order but unfortunately for the tourists it sparked a collapse of 3-9. Healy fell for 71, while Bolton departed for 63.

That meant England had lost three wickets for nine runs but Katherine Brunt - who made her maiden ODI half-century in Thursday's second ODI - joined Knight at the crease to try and take England up towards the 50-over mark.

On a flat pitch with a fast outfield, the pursuit appeared to traveling smoothly until the batters started picking out English fielders.

Alex Blackwell, playing in match No.250 for Australia, was valiant in her 37 but holed out in the final over as Hartley finished with 3-45 from nine overs to be the pick of England's bowlers.