Sunday, March 22, 2009

England Wins ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 Beating New Zealand by 4 Wickets

England women’s cricket team has clinched their third world cup title today as they defeated New Zealand women’s by 4 wickets in the final of the tournament. Winning the toss, New Zealand Captain Haidee Tiffen elected to bat first, but her batsmen could not show enough resistance against English bowlers and got dismissed only for 166 with 16 balls left in their innings. Highest 48 runs of New Zealand innings came from Lucy Doolan. Nicki Shaw’s career-best 4 for 34 was instrumental behind England’s easy victory in the final.

In reply, English batswomen started off pretty well, putting 74 runs on the board for the opening stand. Sarah Taylor played a small but effective innings of 39 runs off 45 balls. Her opening partner, Caroline Atkins, scored innings highest 40 runs off 85 balls. Claire Taylor, who was later awarded the player of the tournament award, could not hit another big score being dismissed for 21. England lost their 6th wicket at 149, but after that Shaw and Colvin successfully guided England towards the winning total. Shaw remained not out on 17 and Colvin was on 5. Shaw was awarded the man of the final trophy for her match winning performance.

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