22 Mar 2009

England win women's World Cup cricket

7:00 pm on 22 March 2009

England have beaten New Zealand by four wickets to win the women's cricket World Cup in Sydney.

The England victory was set up by Sarah Taylor (39) and Caroline Atkins (40) who put on 79 for the first wicket. When Claire Taylor (21) went at 109 and Atkins went at 111 Engalnd with three down started to look shaky.

But Nicky Shaw with 17 not out steered England to their first World Cup title since 1993.

Shaw, who only found out she was playing 10 minutes before the, had earlier been the chief destroyer of the New Zealand innings, taking four for 34. At one stage she was on a hat trick after taking the wickets of the dangerous Suzie Bates and Amy Satherthwaite.

At 101 for seven the White Ferns were in serious trouible but Lucy Doolan hit a career best 48 off 57 balls as she and Nicola Browne put on 63 runs for the eighth wicket. Browne was not out 25 at the end. Captain Haidee Tiffen made 30.

Doolan followed up her 48 with a good bowling effort, taking three for 23 from her 10 overs.