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England Shaw the way

cricket Updated: Mar 22, 2009 22:53 IST

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Caroline Atkins top-scored with 40 runs and late replacement Nicky Shaw took four wickets for 34 as England beat New Zealand by four wickets on Sunday to claim the Women’s World Cup.

It was England's third World Cup win and came after the side scored 167-6 and surpassed New Zealand’s total with 23 balls remaining.

Fast medium bowler Shaw’s 4-34 from 8.2 overs were the best of her career. Shaw (17) was at the crease when Holly Colvin (5) hit the winning runs for England. Earlier, New Zealand slumped to 101-7 after 29 overs and at one stage went scoreless for 23 balls.

An eighth-wicket partnership of 63 off 99 balls between Doolan and Nicola Browne (25) added some much needed respectability to the Kiwi total.

On Saturday, India beat Australia by three wickets in the match for third place, ensuring the hosts posted their worst performance at any Women’s World Cup.

It was the first time in nine tournaments Australia has finished lower than third and the first time they had lost three times in the one tournament.

India clinched the win with 13 balls to spare in a match that was reduced to 46 overs after a 104-minute morning rain delay.

Australia was dismissed for 142, with veteran skipper Karen Rolton top-scoring with 52 in possibly her final World Cup innings.