HELD OUR NERVES: KNIGHT
London, UK - England, beaten by India in its opening pool match, also made plenty of mistakes in the error-strewn closing overs on the way to winning a fourth World Cup title and third in as many editions on home soil.
But in a year where former England captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint, the driving force in establishing the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1973 - which her side won - died and on a match day where the bell to signal the start of play was rung by 105 year old Eileen Ash, the oldest living former England women's interna- tional, the hosts held their nerve.
"Cricket's a funny game, and pressure's a funny thing," said England captain Heather Knight after a win greeted with the sound of thousands of girls cheering in the stands of a capacity crowd rather than the polite applause usually associated with Lord's.
"It's a World Cup final, we knew if we held our nerve we would be in with a chance but it did feel like it was slipping away at 190 for three. But we fought like hell in this tournament and today was no different."