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ICC World Twenty20 2009

England celebrate
Charlotte Edwards celebrates with her victorious team

England captain Charlotte Edwards said winning the World Twenty20 on home soil was the "proudest day of her life".

England bowled out New Zealand for 85 and then eased to a six-wicket triumph at Lord's to add the Twenty20 crown to their Ashes and World Cup successes.

Edwards told BBC Sport: "I didn't think it could get any better but to win this on our home ground is very special.

"We produced our best bowling and fielding display so far - I am so proud we were able to do that in the final."

England won the Ashes in Australia in February and then lifted the 50-over World Cup one month later by beating New Zealand in the final in Sydney.

Edwards ecstatic after win

"We came back from the World Cup and we wanted this trophy and now we've got it to show the 50-over wasn't a fluke," added Edwards.

"There were no nerves in the dug-out. We really believed we could get those runs on a good wicket."

The hosts' bowling performance was the key - with Katharine Brunt leading the way with 3-6 from her four overs and Nicky Shaw and Jenny Gunn picking up two wickets apiece.

"Lord's suits my bowling and we want to keep coming here - the crowd were amazing," said Brunt. "It wasn't a high score to chase, but they put us under a lot of pressure and we got a bit twitchy at one point."

Claire Taylor then picked up the baton with the bat, firing 39 off 32 balls to lead England home to round off a sensational year for the team.


The 33-year-old, named player of the tournament after hitting 199 runs at an average of 199 and a strike-rate of 125.37, said: "It's brilliant - the bowlers did well, we fielded like demons and had them on the rocks so it's great to get over the line.

"We've won two finals this year, the atmosphere here was incredible so to come here and put on a show was brilliant. We've got two days off, then some one-dayers against Australia and then the Ashes so we hope people will come and support us."

And captain Edwards insisted her team would not be dwelling too long on the victory: "New Zealand came out and bowled well, they were unbeaten coming into this game so we were lucky to beat another great New Zealand team.

These girls have raised the profile of women's cricket in particular and women's sport in general

ECB chairman Giles Clarke

"We'll celebrate tonight, but we're then straight into one-dayers and the Ashes."

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke said the team were fantastic role models.

"These girls have raised the profile of women's cricket in particular and women's sport in general," he said.

"They have proved not only to be outstanding sportswomen but also fantastic role models for the many thousands of young girls and women who are coming into cricket.

"They have lived with the pressures of being favourites to win this competition at Lord's. Along the way they have demonstrated to millions of people worldwide what a fantastic team they are and what wonderful cricket they play."

Ben Bradshaw, secretary of state for culture media and sport, said he hoped the women's success would provide a welcome boost to the sport in this country.

"How many other teams can claim to have won two world cups in the space of three months?

"On home soil, this should be a big boost for the women's game and women's sport as a whole."

I don't think we were nervous, we were just outplayed by the better team

New Zealand skipper Aimee Watkins

Edwards's New Zealand counterpart Aimee Watkins, meanwhile, refused to blame nerves for her side's defeat.

"I don't think we were nervous, we were just outplayed by the better team," she said. "

"We've had a good tournament and we deserved to be here, but we overestimated the pitch - we thought it was a good batting deck but the England bowlers made it move around well. Our bowlers did well but we just didn't have enough runs on the board."

New Zealand coach Gary Stead also praised the standard of England's performance.

"They've won two World Cups and today felt a little bit like the amateurs playing the professionals," he said.

"It's the first time we've been knocked over and overall they are setting the standards at the moment."

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