The host nation England won the first ICC Women’s World T20 at the Lord’s on Saturday.
England were no doubt the better of the teams and overcame New Zealand with a 6 wicket victory to take the coveted prize. England’s Katherine Brunt provided the gun powder for the teams winning shot with a career best 3 for 6 in the match. New Zealand suffered deeply in the first ten overs which apparently cost them the title when they lost 3 crucial wickets at a mere score of 30.
Brunt’s destructive inswingers and some shorter deliveries saw Doolan’s dismissal when the batsman surprising scooped the ball only to be caught by the wicketkeeper, while Rachel Priest tried a hook which came off wrong for her and right into Brunt’s hands. However, Brunt’s most credible wicket was that of New Zealand’s top scorer Aimee Watkins whom she bowled out.
Sian Ruck and Kate Pulford formed New Zealand’s leading bowling line-up but failed to impress. Though New Zealand managed to pick up 4 wickets their poor fielding set-up let in a couple of fours in the slip and off the wicketkeeper.
Eventually, the Player of the Tournament, Claire Taylor got the winning runs, falling short of a single run to also become the leading scorer.
With this win England has become the first international team of either gender to have championed all three cricket formats.