HELD OUR NERVES: KNIGHT

Muscat Daily - - AUTO NEWS -

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."

Heather Knight

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