England aren't finished yet - Lane
Jubilant coach Mark Lane chatted to ECBtv following England's World Cup success
As he clutched the women’s World Cup trophy against the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House, Mark Lane refused to let up the charge for honours in the women’s game.
England beat New Zealand in a nervy four-wicket win at the North Sydney Oval yesterday, to lift the women’s World Cup for the third time in their history.
And the 41-year-old head coach warned that England would maintain their charge to add the inaugural Women’s World Twenty20 to their cabinet, which now holds the World Cup and the Ashes urn.
“I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved as a group of people,” Lane told ECBtv. “It’s just sunk in this morning.
“Here we are - opera house in the background, Sydney Harbour Bridge - it doesn’t get much better than this.
“It’s a huge year for English cricket and we can bring some more success back to England. The Twenty20 will be our next focus, then onto the Ashes.
“So hopefully this is one of many.”
The 24 hours since Holly Colvin and Nicky Shaw put on 18 together to snatch a tight win gave Lane time to reflect properly on the match itself.
“We limped home. It was a tight finish. But I always had full confidence in the girls.
“We bowled really well yesterday. Keeping the Kiwis, who are a dangerous side, down to 166 was fantastic.”
Lane, the former Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire wicketkeeper, has put his all into the job since replacing Mark Dobson at short notice during last winter’s tour of New Zealand.
England went onto retain the Ashes with a six-wicket win over Australia at the Bradman Oval in Bowral last winter, which preceded a great run of success in ODI cricket through the summer.
The World Cup is the icing on the cake.
“Whenever you get success, all the hard work and hard graft you put in is satisfying,” said Lane. “Everyone who’s kept the players fit, healthy and strong through this World Cup should be thanked.
“It’s probably one of the most special days of my life - certainly in cricket.”