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Women's World Cup final
North Sydney Oval, 22 March 2009
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New Zeland women's cricket team

A few tears are shed as New Zealand and England line up for the anthems ahead of the Women's World Cup final in Sydney

England celebrate

Favourites England take control with Kate Pulford superbly caught by Claire Taylor off the bowling of Isa Guha

Suzie Bates

Suzie Bates, who scored 168 against Pakistan in New Zealand's previous match, is the first of Nicky Shaw's victims as she is dismissed for two

Laura Marsh appeals

England bowler Laura Marsh is economical and provides fine back-up to player of the match Nicky Shaw, finishing with 2-32

Nicky Shaw

Shaw, a late replacement for the injured Jenny Gunn, proves her worth by claiming 4-34 as the Kiwis are bowled out for 166

England opener Caroline Atkins hits out

England make a fine start with the bat, as top scorer Caroline Atkins (40) adds 74 for the first wicket with Sarah Taylor

Claire Taylor is bowled by Aimee Mason

However, when Claire Taylor is bowled by Aimee Mason, England lose five wickets for 40 runs to set up a nervy finish

Lucy Doolan celebrates a wicket

Lucy Doolan - who scored 48 with the bat - keeps New Zealand in the game by taking 3-23 in an impressive all-round display

Beth Morgan is run out by Sarah Tsukigawa

When Beth Morgan becomes the sixth wicket to fall, England still need to score 18 runs to win, with four wickets remaining

Holly Colvin and Nicky Shaw hug after seeing England home

But despite a few jittery moments, Holly Colvin and Nicky Shaw see England home with 23 balls to spare

England captain Charlotte Edwards hugs Sarah Taylor

The tears begin to flow once more as the England players' magnificent achievement sinks in - they are world champions

Nicky Shaw

Late replacement Shaw is named as player of the match for her heroics in the final

Captain Charlotte Edwards with Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor, playing her 109th one-day international, is chosen as player of the tournament

England's players spray champagne

With the champagne uncorked, the celebrations can begin in earnest for the England players

Charlotte Edwards and Mark Lane

Charlotte Edwards shares a word with head coach Mark Lane, who has been a major part of England's success in the past year

England's players and coaches pose with the World Cup trophy

With the World Cup secured, England's next target is the World Twenty20 on home soil in June

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