Washout prevents whitewash

England were denied a 5-0 whitewash of Australia after torrential rain left the Lord's outfield resembling a giant puddle in the last NatWest Series one-day international.

On a frustrating afternoon where the weather looked the only winner, England made a poor start in their pursuit of 115 from 31 overs.

Sarah Taylor, dropped in the first over, was bowled by a swinging delivery from Sarah Andrews that nipped back up the famous slope.

The spin of Lisa Sthalekar then proved too much for Charlotte Atkins who was smartly caught by Shelley Nitschke at slip midway through the third over.

But with the game well-poised and the hosts stumbling on six for two, the heavens opened bringing thunder and lightning causing the game to be abandoned.

Laura Marsh & Shelley Nitschke

Laura Marsh celebrates another wicket as England continued their dominance of Australia at Lord's

Earlier Laura Marsh has doused Australian hopes of a consolation win, taking 3-11 off eight overs and instigating two run outs as the tourists made just 100 for seven - a total which was revised while England padded up.

England's first success came through Marsh whose throw saw Australia’s Leah Poulton run out by Sarah Taylor, the batsmen slipping whilst attempting a quick single having been sent back by fellow opener Nitschke.

At 29 for one, the England new ball attack of Katherine Brunt and Isa Guha kept the visitors quiet, the dangerous Nitschke mustering just two boundaries.

New batsmen Rachael Haynes made an promising start to her innings but Australia suffered a double setback in the 16th over to leave them 50 for three.

First Nitschke was trapped in front by Marsh who then bowled Sthalaker for a duck five balls later off an inside edge.

Heavy rain forced the players off for two hours and upon resuming, Australia’s Lauren Ebsary fell shortly after, bowled by Marsh.

Haynes, after accumulating 26, departed in the next over, bowled by Holly Colvin as more grey clouds moved in.

After a further 90-minute delay, where Australia's innings was reduced from 42 overs to 31, Alex Blackwell was run out by Marsh's accurate throw from the boundary before Jodie Fields was caught by Charlotte Edwards off Beth Morgan's bowling.