Women’s Ashes: Katherine Brunt keeps England’s hopes of drawing Australia series alive

Not taking the new ball on this occasion, Brunt put the brakes on in mid-innings, aided by a superb stumping from Sarah Taylor (left)
Women’s Ashes: Second Twenty20 international, Canberra:
England 152-6 (20 overs): Sciver 40, Schutt 2-16
Australia 112 (18 overs): Healy 24, Gunn 4-13, Brunt 2-10
England (2pts) won by 40 runs; Australia lead multi-format series 8-6
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Katherine Brunt starred with bat and ball as England kept their hopes of a drawn Women’s Ashes series alive with a 40-run win over Australia in the second Twenty20 international in Canberra.

Brunt (32 not out) and Natalie Sciver (40) helped England post 152-6 from their 20 overs after they won the toss.

Jenny Gunn (4-13) and Brunt (2-10) then helped bowl the hosts out for 112.

The Aussies, who are already assured of retaining the trophy, now lead the points-based multi-format series 8-6.

England can level the series if they win the final T20 match, also at the Manuka Oval, on Tuesday.

More to follow.

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