England women crowned World Twenty20 champions (Lead)

June 21st, 2009 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 21 (IANS) England women won the inaugural World Twenty20 cricket cup beating New Zealand by six wickets in the final at the Lord’s here Sunday.
After winning the toss, England were set a target of just 86 runs after they had packed up the New Zealand batting in 20 overs.

Star bat and Player of the Match Claire Taylor, a Wisden Cricketer of the Year, hit an unbeaten 39 while opener Sarah Taylor made 23 to take England home in the 17th over. Sarah was also adjudged as the Player of the Series.

With the win, England women are champions in 20-over and 50-over formats and also hold the Ashes.

Fast bowler Katherine Brunt wrecked the White Ferns’ top order with a new-ball spell of 4-2-6-3. New Zealand never recovered from the poor start. They lost opener Suzie Bates to a neat stumping by Taylor and then their main batting hope Amy Watkins was bowled by a great inswinger from Katherine Brunt.

England’s great start with the bowlers vindicated skipper Edwards’ decision to opt for fielding against New Zealand, the same opposition whom they defeated to secure the one-day World Cup earlier this year.

Amy Satterthwaite started to repair the innings with her 19 off 42 balls but soon lost her patience. Sophie Devine (10) and Kate Pullford (14) made a gritty effort lower down the order but it wasn’t enough.

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