Calcutta/ Mumbai: Australia marched their way into Women’s World Cup history on Sunday as the side won a record sixth ICC Women’s World Cup title after they beat West Indies by 114 runs in front of a vociferous crowd at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium.
Electing to bat first, Australia posted a formidable 259 for seven off their 50 overs — the highest score in a 50-over Women’s World Cup final — before dismissing West Indies for just 145 runs.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates was declared Player of the Tournament for her 407 runs with three half-centuries and a century at an average of 67.83. She also took four wickets while captaining her side to a fourth place finish in the tournament.
The final saw the return of Australia’s Ellyse Perry, back from an ankle injury and bowling with all the aggression expected of a fast bowler, taking three for 19 in her 10 overs. The Australian women dominated right from the start never letting the dangerous West Indies batting off the hook.
Perry showed once again why she is one of the top rated bowlers in women’s cricket as she took wickets in the 10 th , 12 th and 14 th overs to have the West Indies 41 for three in the process also claiming the wicket of the dangerous West Indies all-rounder Stafanie Taylor with a spectacular caught and bowled.
Once Taylor was gone, Deandra Dottin was West Indies’ only hope. Dottin threatened briefly hammering two sixes as her first two scoring shots before Lisa Sthalekar dismissed the Barbados native. Sthalekar bowled beautifully to finish with 2-20 in her ten overs.
Earlier, half-centuries from opener Rachael Haynes and Jess Cameron took Australia to a more than respectable 259. Haynes, who has performed well throughout the tournament, continued her merry run on a flat pitch stroking six boundaries in her 74-ball 52.