England lost the ODI series 2-1    Getty Images
England lost the ODI series 2-1 Getty Images

England Women finally managed to grab a victory on the Ashes tour to Australia, winning the third One-Day International (ODI) by 20 runs (DLS method).

Chasing a revised target of 278 from 48 overs, Australia were off to a great start, courtesy Alyssa Healy and Nicole Bolton. The pair added 118 runs in 120 balls. Healy fell for 71, while Bolton departed for 63. Post their dismissal, their innings collapsed. It was only Alex Blackwell (38) who kept the home side in hunt.

England s Alex Hartley shined with the ball, picking 3 wickets to put a leash on Australia s charge. It was Jenny Gunn who cleaned up the tail to hand England Women their first win by 21 runs.

Earlier in the day, batting first, England s batting famed middle-order ransacked the Australian bowling attack. The likes of Tammy Beaumont (74), Sarah Taylor (69) and Heather Knight scored fifties to help them to their highest ODI score of 284 for 8 against Australia in Australia.

Knight remained unbeaten making an 80-ball 88. For Australia, Meghan Schutt lead charge picking 4 wickets, while Elyse Perry picked 2 wickets.

Both sides now play the historic day-night Women s Test on November 9 at North Sydney Oval.

Brief scores:

England Women 284 for 8 (Heather Knight 88*, Tammy Beaumont 74; Meghan Schutt 4 for 44) beat Australia Women 257 for 9 (Alyssa Healy 71, Nicole Bolton 62; Alex Hartley 3 for 45) by 20 runs via DLS method.