Women’s Ashes: Rain hurts England’s bid to set up an doubtful victory …
Katherine Brunt dismissed Alyssa Healy for a duck for the second time in the matchWomen’s Ashes, one-off Test, Manuka Oval (day three of four)Australia 337-9 dec & 12-2 Mooney 7*, Brunt 2-4England 297 Knight 168*; Perry 3-57Australia rule by 52Scorecard
Rain hurt England’s bid to set up an doubtful victory push on day three of the Women’s Ashes Test against Australia in Canberra.
Resuming on 127, captain Heather Knight progressed to a dramatically 168 not out as her side, who looked out of the contest on day two, reached 297 before being dismissed.
That ensured Australia took a rule of just 40 and Katherine Brunt claimed two wickets to reduce Australia to 12-2 in a gripping spell.
She had Alyssa Healy caught behind in the first over, the Australia opener out without scoring for the second time in the Test, and Rachael Haynes caught at short leg off an inside edge for four.
However, with the match delicately poised, rain arrived a ball later on the stroke of lunch and no further play was possible.
It method the draw the most likely consequence with just one day remaining and more rain forecast.
That would leave England, currently trailing 4-2 in the multi-format series, needing to win the three one-day internationals that follow to win the Ashes, although they could also end the tour victorious with two wins plus a tie or no-consequence.
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