Perry takes Australia to World Cup crown
Returning seamer Ellyse Perry starred with the ball as Australia scooped the Women’s World Cup to complete a double of major crowns.
Perry had not featured since the group stages due to an ankle injury yet came back in outstanding fashion to help earn a 114-run victory over West Indies.
The title followed up Australia’s World Twenty20 triumph late last year and strengthened their claim to be the outstanding side in the women’s game.
Perry claimed the first three wickets to fall as West Indies, the only side to beat Australia in the competition prior to the finale, looked to chase 260.
Her intervention, after openers Kycia Knight and Natasha McLean had taken the score to 32 without loss, heralded a tumbling of wickets and West Indies were eventually dismissed for 145.
That they faced such a daunting task was thanks to Australia’s top three; Meg Lanning struck 32, Rachael Haynes 52 and Jess Cameron 75 to aid a total of 259 for seven.
Skipper Jodie Fields and Perry chipped in with handy unbeaten contributions of 36 and 25 respectively.
That meant – despite the best efforts of 17-year-old leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne, who claimed 3-27 – Australia were heavy favourites.
The Windies started solidly, albeit circumspectly, before Perry’s three quick strikes – including the prized scalp of Stafanie Taylor caught and bowled – turned the encounter decisively in Australia’s favour.
Her return of 3-19 from 10 overs was followed up impressively, with Erin Osborne, Lisa Sthalekar and Megan Schutt claiming two wickets apiece and Julie Hunter one.