Final, Sydney, March 22, 2009, ICC Women's World Cup
(46.1/50 ov, T:167) 167/6

ENG Women won by 4 wickets (with 23 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
Nicky Shaw, ENG-W
Player Of The Series
324 runs
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
New Zealand Women 166/10(47.2 overs)
Nicky Shaw4/34 (8.2)
Laura Marsh2/34 (10)
England Women 167/6(46.1 overs)

England have won their third women's World Cup. They're charging onto the ground to congratulate the two women in the middle, and they're all in tears, a superb win, which they almost let out their grasp, but it came down to Nicky Shaw again who saw off some anxious moments to complete an excellent allround effort and help her team to victory. Edwards in floods of tears. This is her fourth World Cup, but first final.

Credit to New Zealand for the way they fought back, not just while bowling but also in their innings where Doolan helped them salvage what in the end proved a competitive score. The match, as we now know in hindsight, was lost for New Zealand during the 74-run opening stand between Sarah Taylor and Atkins. New Zealand badly needed early wickets, and though they gave their opponents a serious scare, the flurry of wickets came a little too late.

Do stay with us for all the news from the presentation. No guesses as to who the Player of the Match will be - It's got to be Nicky Shaw

The match officials are now being presented with mementos

The Player of the Match, as predicted earlier, is Nicky Shaw, who, remember, replaced the injured Jenny Gunn just minutes before the start of play.

Shaw: "It's brilliant. Jenny's brilliant and she's performed superbly through the tournament. A lot of hard work has gone in the last four years and the rest of the girls are absolutely excited."

The Player of the Tournament with 303 runs at an average of 75 is Claire Taylor.

Taylor: "It's been an amazing two-and-a-half weeks and it's just been brilliant. I'm just really pleased to have come up with these performances for the team, we've been very together, there is a lot of passion for the game, and it was incredibly nerve-wracking in the end."

The New Zealand players are now collecting their runners-up medallions.

Haidee Tiffen: "We let ourselves down with the batting. The England team played superbly. They outplayed us in every form of the game. One thing about Kiwis is that we never give up, we always fight. I'm proud of the girls, we've had a good time and some tough times, and we'll be back in four years and give it another go."

The England players are now collecting their winners' medallions.

Charlotte Edwards: "It feels really special, the team have been amazing. We've worked hard and I'll treasure this for the rest of my life. I was slightly jittery there at one point, but it's been a fantastic tournament. Doolan played a superb innings but I'm glad we made it through."

Alright folks, the champagne's flowing and the English players are living it up, relishing every moment of their superb win. They hold aloft the trophy and have now broken out into a celebratory song. That's all from here. Thanks for tuning in and it's goodbye from all of us here at Cricinfo.

Bates to Colvin, 1 run

that's it, all over! full toss on leg stump and she helps it on its way to the deep midwicket boundary.

end of over 461 run
ENG-W: 166/6CRR: 3.60 RRR: 0.25
Nicky Shaw17 (27)
Holly Colvin4 (9)
Sophie Devine 9-0-30-0
Devine to Shaw, no run

still no run, full on middle and leg, flicked away to square leg, her team-mates can;t take it any more

Devine to Shaw, no run

slower ball bowled full on middle, driven to short cover

Devine to Colvin, 1 run

scores are level, pushed into the off side wide of mid-off who's a little too deep and they;re just a run away from victory

Devine to Colvin, no run

almost, full toss on middle, played away straight to midwicket, only a matter of time now

Devine to Colvin, no run

yorker length on middle, defended back to the bowler

Devine to Colvin, no run

good length on middle, pushed to mid-off, almost done folks, the England team is already in tears

end of over 456 runs
ENG-W: 165/6CRR: 3.66 RRR: 0.40
Nicky Shaw17 (25)
Holly Colvin3 (5)
Suzie Bates 4-0-20-0
Bates to Shaw, no run
Bates to Shaw, 2 runs

bowled on a good length outside off, she drives it through the covers for a couple and her team-mates watching from beyond the boundary cannot control their emotions

Bates to Colvin, 1 run

full outside off, pushed wide of mid-off and they scramble a single

Bates to Colvin, no run
Bates to Shaw, 1 run

turned away off the back foot into the leg side for a single

Bates to Shaw, no run
Bates to Colvin, 2 wide

New Zealand have let it slip in these dying moments, down the leg side, the keeper fumbles and they concede 2 valuable runs

end of over 449 runs
ENG-W: 159/6CRR: 3.61 RRR: 1.33
Nicky Shaw14 (21)
Holly Colvin2 (3)
Sarah Tsukigawa 4-1-23-0
Tsukigawa to Shaw, FOUR runs

that's it folks, England have it wrapped up here, poor ball, short of a length outside off, gets back and caresses it between mid-off and cover, there's a narrow gap and she finds it

Tsukigawa to Shaw, no run
Tsukigawa to Shaw, FOUR runs

excellent stuff, short and wide, makes room and the hero for England with the ball has not trouble dispatching that to the deep point boundary

Tsukigawa to Shaw, no run

back of a length on middle and off, turned to the leg side

Tsukigawa to Colvin, 1 run

dropped, but would be unfair to call it that, full on middle, chipped over Tiffen at midwicket who stretches to pouch that but it's too high, just clips her fingers, difficult chance, could that be the decisive moment?

Tsukigawa to Colvin, no run

short of a good length on middle, driven to midwicket

Match details
North Sydney Oval, Sydney
TossNew Zealand Women, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
ENG Women
Nicky Shaw
Player Of The Series
ENG Women
Claire Taylor
Series resultEngland Women won the 2008/09 ICC Women's World Cup
Match numberWODI no. 707
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.10, Interval 13.10-13.55, Second Session 13.55-17.05
Match days22 March 2009 - day (50-over match)
South Africa
Brian Jerling
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Tyron Wijewardene
Reserve Umpire
Jeff Brookes
Match Referee
New Zealand
Brian Aldridge
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