x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Black-eyed Brunt sees England to women's Twenty20 crown

England's women add the Twenty20 World Cup to their 50-over crown as they beat New Zealand by six wickets.

LONDON // England's women added the Twenty20 World Cup to their 50-over crown when they beat New Zealand by six wickets in the final at Lord's on Sunday. The England bowler Katherine Brunt, sporting a black eye after a ball from teammate Jenny Gunn struck her in practice, proved the match winner, finishing with figures of 3-6 as New Zealand were bowled out for 85. Gunn and Nicky Shaw chipped in with two wickets apiece as New Zealand - England's victims in the 50-over World Cup final in Sydney in March - struggled to make headway, with only four players making double figures.

Claire Taylor then steered England home rattling off 39 from 32 balls, with the hosts coasting to victory with three overs to spare. The team captain Charlotte Edwards told Sky Sports: "I didn't think it could get better than Sydney (winning the 50-over title) but it has today. "It was a good toss to win and it was our best bowling and fielding performance of the tournament today. I'm glad it came in the final."

*Reuters