Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shaw inspires third English World Cup triumph

Four wickets from Nicky Shaw helped England secure a third World Cup title as it defeated by New Zealand by four wickets at North Sydney Oval.
Shaw, a late stand-in for Jenny Gunn, took career best ODI figures of 4-34 as she became the first person to ever take four wickets in the final of an ICC Women’s World Cup.
And after a solid opening partnership of 74 between Caroline Atkins and Sarah Taylor, it survived a mini-collapse, to secure its first title in 16 years.
Batting first, New Zealand struggled to deal with the early morning movement extracted by Katherine Brunt and Isa Guha, as the openers, Kate Pulford and Haidee Tiffen, played and missed with alarming regularity.
Pulford was the first wicket to fall, courtesy of a brilliant reflex catch from Claire Taylor at gully off the bowling of Isa Guha.
Tiffen, in unusually belligerent mood, was finding the boundary with regularity, but when Suzie Bates (2) and Amy Sattherthwaite (0) fell off consecutive deliveries from Nicky Shaw, New Zealand was struggling on 49-3.
Shaw, only in the starting line-up after an injury in the warm-up to Jenny Gunn, then claimed her third wicket when Tiffen (30) edged behind to keeper Sarah Taylor to leave it 62-4 and Sara McGlashan followed shortly after.
At 101-7, after the loss of Aimee Mason (13) and Sarah Tsukigawa (2), it looked like it would struggle to post an imposing target.
But a 63-run stand from Lucy Doolan (48), who showed wonderful innovation throughout her innings, particularly on the sweep shot, and Nicola Browne (25) who batted with great patience, got the White Ferns back into the game.
Doolan eventually fell going for a big hit of the bowling of Laura Marsh, as the late order crumbled, losing three wickets for the addition of just two runs.
Caroline Atkins (40) and Sarah Taylor (39) put on a solid 74-run partnership, before Taylor chipped a ball to mid-wicket off the bowling of Lucy Doolan.
Claire Taylor then made an attractive 21 off 30 balls, including four boundaries, before she was bowled attempting to drive Aimee Mason and when Caroline Atkins fell to an excellent catch by Sophie Devine six balls later, England was suddenly 111-3.
Doolan, who finished with 3-23 off her ten overs, then took her third-wicket of the match when she had Charlotte Edwards caught behind, as England’s batting appeared to panic.
Lydia Greenway’s attempt to smash Aimee Mason out of the ground resulted in her downfall, as Amy Satterthwaite took an excellent catch at mid-off, leaving the game in the balance at 139-5.
Beth Morgan was then run out, to create even more panic, before Haidee Tiffen put down a tough chance at mid-wicket from Holly Colvin.
Two fours from Nicky Shaw then calmed the nerves and England sealed victory with 3.5 overs remaining, as Holly Colvin hit the ball for four through mid-wicket

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