World Cup memories: 2000 March 13, 2009

Winning the cup, losing a cap

Haidee Tiffen looks back at the 2000 women's World Cup


Tiffen and Co. celebrate the penultimate wicket, of Cathryn Fitzpatrick, in the 2000 final © Getty Images
 

2000, New Zealand
Haidee Tiffen

My best memory of the World Cup is obviously our win against Australia in the final.

To become world champions in front of our home crowd was truly special and it was New Zealand's first world title as well - Australia and England had scrapped for it in the previous World Cups.

The match went down to the wire. Australia needed five runs to win and we needed one wicket. Offspinner Clare Nicholson came to bowl the final over and Charmaine Mason edged the first ball to our keeper, Rebecca Rolls.

All I remember after that is throwing my cap into the crowd during the celebrations and feeling gutted that I had just thrown my New Zealand cap away! I still haven't recovered it, obviously.

That win was the best highlight of my career to date.

As told to Nishi Narayanan