Tahlia McGrath came very close to a hat-trick in the first session for the ACTXI, picking up the wickets of Villani, Haynes and Perry in just four balls. 

The succession of wickets gave ACTXI a glimpse of hope, but Australia continued to build up their total before declaring at 9-287 to give ACTXI the difficult task of chasing 270 runs to win. 

McGrath finished the innings with 308, while Osborne (2-33), Bates (1-43), Jonassen (1-33), Jensen (1-48) and Vakarewa (1-18) were the other wicket takers. 

Hayley Jensen and Katie Mack were sent in to open for the ACT, with Mack cautious at the crease to avoid the pair after being bowled out for a golden duck in the first innings. 

Mack got off the mark but was clean bowled by Megan Schutt in the second over on just eight runs. 

Tahlia McGrath was next out to the crease and became the Schutt's next victim off the innings, sending her back to the rooms with only two on the board. 

With the ACTXI run rate averaging two runs an over, the only option for the ACT was to hold on for the draw. 

Play was called with ACTXI on  3-68 and the match resulting in a draw. 

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The Australian Women's Team will be back in Canberra on November 19 & 21 to play England in the final two Twenty20 of the Women's Ashes series. 

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Women's Ashes T20 Internationals

19 November – Manuka Oval, Canberra

21 November – Manuka Oval, Canberra