England Women v New Zealand Women, Final

Women's World Twenty20, 2009

At Lord's, June 21. England won by six wickets. Toss: England.

Three months after they contested the World Cup final in North Sydney, England and New Zealand met for a rematch at Lord's - and it followed a similar script, with New Zealand's batsmen failing again. "Everything we tried turned to custard," said their captain, Aimee Watkins. Custard and crumble - New Zealand folded for 85 after Katherine Brunt, the fiery Yorkshirewoman sporting a menacing black eye, punched through the top order with a career-best three for six. She removed Watkins, the tournament's leading scorer, for two, bowling her with an inswinger. England took their time over the target, but never looked in danger; New Zealand squandered their best chance when the keeper dropped Claire Taylor on nought. Taylor took England home, hitting the winning boundary and finishing the World Twenty20 with 199 runs (one behind Watkins) for once out, to earn a second successive Player of the Tournament trophy. Curiously, England captain Charlotte Edwards said she had wanted to prove the World Cup win "was no fluke"; nobody had thought it was, but if that was the motivation it worked to stunningly professional effect. In Sydney, England had been ecstatic; in London, they accepted the inaugural World Twenty20 trophy with controlled satisfaction. They appeared on the front and back pages of newspapers, and accepted an invitation to Downing Street. The ICC's gamble in staging the women's event alongside the men's had paid off, beautifully. And England remained on top of the world.

Player of the Match: K. H. Brunt. Player of the Tournament: S. C. Taylor.

© John Wisden & Co.
 
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