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England win ICC Women's World Cup 2017!

 
 
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England win ICC Women's World Cup 2017!
by Imogen Talbot - Friday, 8 September 2017, 11:02 AM
 

England completed a stunning comeback to beat India by only nine runs and win the Women’s World Cup 2017 at a sold out Lord’s.

England 228-7 (50 overs)

India 219 (48.4 overs)

England win by 9 runs

Chasing 229, India looked set for victory at 191-3, but Anya Shrubsole bowled Punam Raut for lbw at 86 to spark a collapse of seven wickets for 28 runs.

The seamer finished with 6-46 - the best figures in a World Cup final - as India were bowled out for 219 with eight balls unused.

Even as Shrubsole was in the middle of a stunning spell of 5-11 in 19 deliveries, India were within touching distance of the highest successful chase in a World Cup final and a first major trophy. But Shrubsole bowled Rajeshwari Gayakwad to spark joyous scenes on the pitch and among the majority of fans in a sell-out crowd.

Natalie Sciver made 51 and Sarah Taylor 45 in England's 228-7, which proved enough for a fourth World Cup crown.

England captain Heather Knight: "I can't stop smiling. I am so proud of this group of girls. We made it hard for ourselves but I couldn't care less.

"India were batting brilliantly and put good partnerships together. We knew if we hung in and kept the rate at five or six then we would always be in the game.

"We held our nerve. Anya Shrubsole - what a hero."

Anya Shrubsole, who took 6-46: "I am lost for words. It is a dream. I never thought it would come true. To be back here as a World Cup winner is amazing.

"It is a fitting final of what was a brilliant World Cup. There was a huge amount of pressure.

"One of the great things about this team is we never give up. One defeat was never going to put us out of the World Cup but we showed a huge amount of fight and that was epitomised by today."