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England women win T20 World Cup

England women on Sunday scripted history by winning a World Cup double after their comprehensive six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup at Lords.

England, who had won the ODI World Cup in Australia in March, produced a clinical bowling and batting performance against the Kiwis at the historic Lord's here to hold world titles of the two shorter formats of the game.

The home team first skittled New Zealand out for a paltry 85, thanks mainly to right-arm fast bowler Katherine Hunt's three for six from four overs, and then chased down the target in 17 overs, reaching 86 for four.

England's in-form batter Claire Taylor top-scored with a 32-ball unbeaten 39 while wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor chipped in with 23.

For New Zealand, Sophie Devine, Sian Ruck, Kate Pulford and Nicola Browne took a wicket apiece.

England, who were always in control of the match, made a decent start before opener and captain Charlotte Edwards fell for nine in the fourth over at team score of 19.

Eadwards was looking in great touch hitting two fours off Sian Ruck though the New Zealand left-arm seamer had the last laugh uprooting the England captain's stumps with an inswinger.

The other opener Sarah Taylor was not bothered by her captain's dismissal and hit a couple of fours off Kate Pulford in the seventh over to steady the England innings.

Taylor though fell to Pulford nicking to Rachel Priest two overs later for a 33-ball 23 which included three fours.

The asking rate rose to 4.5 after the 10th over but with eight wickets in hand and Claire Taylor at the crease England were in a comfortable position.

Taylor opened up after the halfway mark and hit a flurry of boundaries to ease the pressure.

She shared a 31-run stand for the third wicket from 33 balls with Beth Morgan (6) and took England to victory in style with a four off Browne.

Earlier, Katherine Brunt produced a devastating spell of fast bowling to rip through the top order as New Zealand were bundled out for a paltry 85.

Brunt ran through the New Zealand top order in her four-over spell, including the prize scalp of White Ferns captain and tournament leading run scorer Aimee Watkins (2).

In a match which is the repeat of the ODI World Cup final in Australia in March which England won, four of the New Zealand top batters were back in the dug out by the eighth over for just 23.

Nicki Shaw and Jenny Gunn contributed two wickets apiece for England while Amy Satterthwaite top-scored for New Zealand with a 42-ball 19.

source - hindu.com
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