First npower women's Test
Australia 309 (J M Fields 139, R L Haynes 98, K H Brunt 6-69) & 231 (A J Blackwell 68) v England 268 (B L Morgan 58) & 106-3 (C M Edwards 53 no)
Charlotte Edwards hit a half-century to ensure England retained the women's Ashes with a draw against Australia in the one-off four-day encounter.
The hosts had initially been set a victory target of 273 from 81 overs, but heavy rain at New Road saw that reduced down to 53 overs.
England slumped to 39-3 before captain Edwards combined with Beth Morgan (9no) for an unbroken stand of 67 to close out a stalemate.
Opener Caroline Atkins was bowled for a duck by Sarah Andrews (1-22) to leave England on 5-1 when the rain intervened.
Play resumed just after 4pm, only for Claire Taylor and Lydia Greenway to depart in quick succession.
Taylor (12) was bowled by off-spinner Lisa Sthalekar (1-19), while Greenway (23) was caught-and-bowled by seamer Ellyse Perry (1-14).
However, a resolute knock of 53 not out, which included 10 boundaries, from Edwards saw her side through to stumps without further loss.
Australia had resumed on the fourth morning at 128-1 in their second innings - 169 runs ahead - only to have Karen Rolton (31) run out by Laura Marsh during the first over.
Yorkshire seamer Katherine Brunt, who had claimed six wickets in the first innings, removed Alex Blackwell (68) with a well-taken caught-and-bowled, to leave the tourists at 150-3.
Sthalekar (7) and Lauren Ebsary (21) soon followed, before skipper Jodie Fields - who had hit a superb century in the first innings - was bowled by off-spinner Marsh (2-43) for just nine as the Australian tail folded to 231 all out.
Left-arm spinner Holly Colvin, of Sussex, was the pick of England's bowlers with figures of 3-59.
Beth Morgan made 58 for England's women but Australia still hold the upperhand heading into the final day of the first Ashes Test at New Road.
The tourists were 128-1 in their second innings at the close of play on Sunday, giving them a commanding 169-run lead as they bid to reclaim the miniature urn.
Opener Alex Blackwell made an unbeaten 59 while Karen Rolton contributed 31 not out to help build on Australia's 41-run first-innings advantage.
England had resumed in the morning on 116-5 and were indebted to Morgan for getting anywhere close to their opponents' total of 309.
The Middlesex all-rounder made her maiden Test half-century to be the mainstay of the home side's 268 in which every batter apart from the two openers reached double figures.
Morgan's 58 came from 262 balls while Jenny Gunn made 41. Last-wicket pair Holly Colvin, who finished up unbeaten on 17, and Laura Marsh (38) put on a crucial 49-run stand.
England were rescued by Beth Morgan and Jenny Gunn with a half-century stand as Australia dominated on day two at Worcester.
The tourists passed the 300-mark that looked a distant possibility at lunch on Friday, the last three wickets adding 38 runs in the morning as the Aussies were finally bowled out for 309.
England then matched their opponents' early collapse on day one by slumping to 28 for four and 59 for five before Morgan and Gunn got them out of a hole.
They lost both openers, Caroline Atkins (two) and Lydia Greenway (five), during an impressive opening spell from Rene Farrell.
Key players Claire Taylor (10) and Charlotte Edwards (10) then joined them back in the pavilion before Sarah Taylor batted with confidence to make 21 from 26 balls.
However, she was out lbw to Ellyse Perry and hopes of retaining the Ashes in the one-off Test appeared to be fading.
But Morgan was particularly watchful as she reached the close unbeaten on 23, after facing 123 balls in more than two hours at the crease, while Gunn had contributed 34 from 75 balls.
Earlier, chief destroyer Katherine Brunt picked up where she left off to trap Lauren Ebsary lbw, her fourth such decision of the innings, on the way to figures of six for 69.
Nicky Shaw then took the final two Australian wickets to finish with three for 67.
Jodie Fields led the way with a century as Australia's women recovered from a disastrous start to close the first day of the first Ashes Test on 271-7.
England's Katherine Brunt picked up where she left off in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament by making a breakthrough in the very first over.
Opener Alex Blackwell was her first victim - caught behind for a duck - before Karen Rolton quickly followed lbw, also without troubling the scorers, to leave the visitors reeling at five for two.
All-rounder Lisa Sthalekar (six) was the next to go, before opener Shelley Nitschke was caught in the slips off the bowling of Nicky Shaw.
And when Leah Poulton, who managed just one from 14 balls, became Brunt's fourth victim, the tourists looked deep in trouble at just 28 for five.
But Fields and debutant Rachael Haynes steadied the ship and frustrated the England attack before Brunt trapped Australia captain Fields lbw for 139 to end a world-record sixth-wicket partnership of 229.
Haynes then fell two runs short of a century when she was bowled by Sussex's Laura Marsh and Australia finished at a comfortable 271 for seven.
Brunt ended the day with impressive figures of five for 55 from her 22 overs, which included nine maidens.