England’s women added the World Twenty20 title to their World Cup crown with a convincing six-wicket win over New Zealand at Lord’s in London on Sunday.
England fast bowler Katherine Brunt took three wickets for just six runs as New Zealand were dismissed for a 85 and the hosts reached their modest victory target of 86 for the loss of four wickets with three overs to spare.
It was the second time this year that England had defeated New Zealand in the climax of a major tournament after their four-wicket win in the 50-over World Cup final in Sydney in March.
Claire Taylor hit the winning boundary off Nicola Browne to finish on 39 not out after making an unbeaten 76 in Friday’s eight-wicket semifinal win over Australia at the Oval.
S Bates st S Taylor b Marsh 1, L Doolan c S Taylor b Brunt 14, A Watkins b Brunt 2, A Satterthwaite c C Taylor b Shaw 19, R Priest c and b Brunt 0, N Browne b Shaw 1, S McGlashan c Greenway b Gunn 9, S Tsukigawa c S Taylor b Gunn 5, S Devine run out (Greenway) 10, K Pulford c Taylor b Edwards 14, S Ruck not out 0
Extras (b-1, lb-4, w-4, nb-1) 10
Total (all out, 20 overs) 85
FoW: 1-2, 2-10, 3-23, 4-23, 5-31, 6-48, 7-58, 8-62, 9-84. Bowling: Marsh 4-0-16-1, Brunt 4-2-6-3, Shaw 4-0-17-2, Colvin 4-0-16-0, Gunn 3-0-19-2, Edwards 1-0-6-1
England: S Taylor c Priest b Pulford 23, C Edwards b Ruck 9, C Taylor 39no, B Morgan c McGlashan b Browne 6, L Greenway b Devine 3, J Gunn 2no Extras (lb-1, w-3) 4
Total (for 4 wkts; 17 overs) 86
Bowling: Devine 3-0-12-1, Ruck 4-0-17-1, Pulford 4-0-20-1, Bates-2-0-8-0, Browne 3-0-18-1, Doolan 1-0-10-0