Caroline Atkins top-scored with 40 and late replacement Nicky Shaw took four wickets for 34 as England’s women cricketers beat New Zealand by four wickets yesterday to claim the World Cup.
It was England’s third World Cup win and came after the side dismissed New Zealand for 166 in the 47th over at North Sydney Oval after the Kiwis won the toss and chose to bat.
England scored 167-6 and surpassed New Zealand’s total with 23 balls remaining.
Fast medium bowler Shaw received a call-up just a few minutes before the team list was submitted after Jenny Gunn aggravated a calf strain during her team’s warmup. Her figures of 4-34 from 8.2 overs were her best in one-day internationals.
Shaw (17) was at the crease when Holly Colvin (5) hit the winning runs for England.
Earlier, New Zealand slumped to 101-7 after 29 overs and at one stage went scoreless for 23 balls.
An eighth-wicket partnership of 63 off 99 balls between Doolan and Nicola Browne (25) added some respectability to the Kiwi total.