England crowned World T20 queens
England made it two final victories against New Zealand in a row as they added the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title to their 50-over World Cup crown.
The tournament hosts, who beat the White Ferns by four wickets in Sydney last March, repeated the feat today at Lord’s - this time by six wickets with three overs to spare.
Opener Sarah Taylor’s 23 put England on their way before player of the tournament Claire Taylor’s composed 39 not out, from 32 deliveries including four fours, completed an emphatic victory.
With both sides unchanged from the semi-finals, seamer Katherine Brunt destroyed New Zealand’s top order as England skittled their opponents for 85 in 20 overs.
Player of the match Brunt rewarded Charlotte Edwards’ decision to bowl first under cloudy skies with a commanding spell of 3-6 from four overs to reduce New Zealand to 23 for four after her opening spell.
It was a superb comeback from Brunt, who only last Sunday was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured cheekbone following a freak warm-up accident in a fielding drill before the group game against Sri Lanka in Taunton, and was still displaying the bruising to prove it.
Fellow-seamers Nicky Shaw (2-17) and Jenny Gunn (2-19) chipped in with two wickets apiece to ensure the hosts contained their opponents throughout their innings.
Only late-hitting from Kate Pulford (14 from 10 balls) took New Zealand past the lowest score in women’s Twenty20 internationals.
Sarah Taylor began England’s reply brightly, cover driving Sophie Devine’s second delivery to the boundary and hit the seamer over mid-off in her next over.
Edwards also picked up a pair of fours but was bowled by Devine’s fellow opening bowler, Sian Ruck, for nine as she looked for another.
Claire Taylor consolidated, edging Pulford through the vacant slip region early on, as her namesake continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
However, Sarah Taylor slashed behind off Pulford in the ninth over to give new Zealand hope of an unlikely victory.
Beth Morgan survived an early chance when she clipped Suzie Bates to Nicola Browne at square-leg but she did not last much longer, locating Sara McGlashan at midwicket off Browne for six before Lydia Greenway was bowled for three by Devine in the next over.
All this time, though, Claire Taylor remained resolute and fittingly she hit the winning runs, over mid-off off Browne, to seal the triumph.
Earlier, Edwards made the bold decision of giving the new ball to off-spinner Laura Marsh and it immediately paid dividends when she had dangerous left-hander Suzie Bates (one) stumped in the first over.
Marsh tempted Bates down the pitch with her fifth delivery and Sarah Taylor did the rest behind the stumps.
Lucy Doolan cover drove the first boundary of the day from the final ball of Brunt’s first over. However, Brunt struck back in the next as Aimee Watkins missed with a wild swipe across the line on two.
Brunt’s third over was a maiden and she broke through twice more in her fourth: Doolan’s (14) ill-judged open faced-shot gave wicketkeeper Taylor a fine diving catch to her right and Rachel Priest (nought) top-edged a pull to give Brunt a comfortable return catch.
Left-arm finger spinner Holly Colvin came on for Brunt, sending down three wides in her opening over, but seamer Shaw struck in her second when Nicola Browne played on for one.
Amy Satterthwaite survived a pair off chances from consecutive Colvin deliveries, edged behind and offering a return catch.
However, McGlashan was next to go, to fellow-seamer Gunn. The right-hander lofted Gunn to the safe hands of Greenway at long-off for nine.
Gunn picked up her second victim in her next over as Sarah Taylor held Sarah Tsukigawa’s (five) edge to her right and Sattertwhaite (19) offered Claire Taylor a simple catch at midwicket off Shaw.
Pulford outside-edged her first ball for four, only New Zealand’s third of the innings, before offering some much-needed big shots.
But Edwards brought herself on for the final over and had Pulford caught by Taylor at cover before Devine was run out from the sixth ball of the over for 10.