England keep alive Ashes hopes

Ross McLean
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ENGLAND revived their hopes of retaining the Women’s Ashes by recording a commanding seven-wicket success over Australia in their first T20 tussle at Chelmsford last night.

A half-century from Sarah Taylor, who had struggled for form in the series, proved the bedrock of the England reply as they chased down a victory target of 123 with 15 balls to spare.

Taylor shared a 77-run stand with skipper Charlotte Edwards for the second wicket, while all-rounder Natalie Sciver and Katherine Brunt guided England home in comfortable fashion.

Australia had earlier been restricted to 122-8 from their 20-over allocation, with right-arm medium-pacer Sciver the pick of the England bowlers, returning 2-18 from her three overs.

Despite drawing first blood in the T20 programme, England still trai 8-4 in the points-based series and need to win the remaining two clashes to claim overall victory. Australia need just one win to regain the urn.