England take the plaudits

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Kate Pulford & Claire Taylor

New Zealand had no answer to England who boast such stars as 2009 Wisden Cricketer of the Year Claire Taylor

New Zealand admitted it was like "amateurs playing the professionals" after England clinched a second successive final triumph to lift the ICC World Twenty20 trophy.

Having secured the 50-over version of the World Cup at Sydney in March by beating the White Ferns, England triumphed at Lord's again today to secure a six-wicket triumph with 18 balls remaining.

England won the toss and dismissed previously unbeaten New Zealand for a lowly 85 with swing bowler Katherine Brunt claiming 3-6 and an unbeaten 39 from Claire Taylor secured their double world championship success.

"England set the standards at the moment," admitted New Zealand coach Gary Stead.

"They've won two World Cups and today felt a little bit like the amateurs playing the professionals.

"It's the first time we've been knocked over and overall they are setting the standards at the moment and it's something we need to get better at."

England can now achieve a unique treble by beating Australia to retain the Ashes this summer in their only Test, although captain Charlotte Edwards admitted they had a far easier triumph than they expected.

Beth Morgan, Sarah Taylor, Charlotte Edwards, Holly Colvin & Nicky Shaw

Charlotte Edwards leads her team on a lap of honour around the Lord's outfield before picking up the trophy

"It was a lot easier than I thought it might be," she admitted.

"New Zealand were playing good cricket coming into this game and I would have taken 85 coming into today.

"A lot of credit has to go to our bowling attack because they bowled superbly well, the best bowling performance of the tournament.

"The 50-over was the ultimate prize but this, for the profile of the game and the coverage we're probably going to get around the world, it's probably up there with that.

"We're just delighted. We came back from the World Cup and we wanted this trophy and now we've got it to show the 50-over wasn't a fluke."

Edwards, whose side saw off Australia by eight wickets in Friday’s semi-final at The Oval, added: "I think on Friday we surprised a lot of people.

"It was probably the perfect game with it being England against Australia and winning in the last over so I think we're definitely showing that women's cricket is a force to be reckoned with and hopefully we can get more and more people watching us this summer."

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