BEAU­MONT STARS AS ENG­LAND CLAIM DRA­MATIC WORLD CUP SUC­CESS

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Kent’s Tammy Beau­mont and Laura Marsh helped Eng­land win the Women’s Cricket World Cup at Lord’s on Sun­day. The pair were part of a dra­matic fi­nal which saw Eng­land score 228-7 (Natalie Sciver 51) in their 50 overs in front of a sell-out crowd. In­dia looked on course to chase that down but col­lapsed from 191-3 to 219 all out (Anya Shrub­sole 6-46) as Eng­land won their first ma­jor global tro­phy since 2009. Kent skip­per Beau­mont, 26, who at­tended Sir Roger Man­wood’s School in Sand­wich, was named player of the tour­na­ment af­ter scor­ing 410 runs – more than any other player. Her tally from nine in­nings gave her an av­er­age of 45.55 and in­cluded 23 in the fi­nal, open­ing the bat­ting with Lau­ren Win­field. Pem­bury- born Marsh, 30, added a cru­cial 14 not out at the end of the in­nings to help Eng­land post the sec­ond-high­est score in a World Cup fi­nal. She also bowled 10 overs for 40 runs. Of the fi­nal, Beau­mont said: “Robbo (the coach Mark Robin­son) had to re­mind me that I’ve been do­ing well. “So many of the girls stood up. It’s been a great team per­for­mance. “My­self and Lau­ren got off to a good start but we thought we threw it away. But our bat­ting order has been su­perb. “Jenny Gunn and Kather­ine Brunt were ex­cel­lent. Full credit to Raut and Kaur, they put on an ex­cep­tional part­ner­ship. In my head it was never in doubt, we knew one wicket could change things.” Marsh added: “I bowled OK but the way Anya bowled was fan­tas­tic. In a fi­nal, every run’s im­por­tant. We al­ways knew we were right in the game. Sim­ply bril­liant.” Beau­mont, in her maiden World Cup, started slowly in the tour­na­ment scor­ing only 40 runs in the first three matches but turned things around against South Africa in Bris­tol when she scored a mag­nif­i­cent 148 from 145 balls with 22 fours and a six. Her other knocks in­cluded 49 against Aus­tralia in Bris­tol, 93 against New Zealand in Derby, 42 against the West Indies in Bris­tol and 15 in the semi-fi­nal against South Africa in Bris­tol. Off-spin­ner Marsh played in five matches, in­clud­ing both the semi-fi­nal and fi­nal. Her best per­for­mance with the ball came in the group match against Sri Lanka – her first in the com­pe­ti­tion – when she took 4-45 from 10 overs to help set up a seven-wicket win at Taun­ton. She also made an un­beaten 31 against the West Indies at Bris­tol.

Pic­ture: Andy Jones

1-20, 2-33, 3- 62, 4-164. DR Briggs 4- 0-2- 0, D Wiese 1- 0-11- 0, TS Mills 4- 0-26-1, JC Archer 4- 0-26-1, CJ Jor­dan 3- 0-431, GHS Gar­ton 4- 0-37-1. CD Nash not out................................50 LJ Wright c Blake b Nee­sham .............8 LRPL Taylor c&b Haggett ....................3 LJ Evans run out ...............................23 Ex­tras (lb2, w5, nb2) ...........................9 BB McCul­lum b Haggett ....................88 PR Stir­ling c Nee­sham b Tred­well .....14 EJG Mor­gan c Blake b Clay­don .........28 RF Hig­gins b Haggett ..........................1 JEC Franklin c Blake b Coles ...............3 JA Simp­son c Blake b Coles ................2 TG Southee b Coles ............................0 TG Helm not out ..................................0 NA Sowter not out...............................2 Ex­tras (b4, lb3, w1) .............................8 DJ Bell-Drum­mond lbw b Southee ......... 1 JL Denly c Stir­ling b Finn ....................1 SA North­east c&b Hig­gins .................59 SW Billings c Sowter b Helm ...............9 JDS Nee­sham c Franklin b Hig­gins ...52 DI Stevens c Southee b Finn ...............0 AJ Blake c Mor­gan b Stir­ling .............27 MT Coles run out ................................2 CJ Haggett not out ..............................2 JC Tred­well not out ...........................16 Ex­tras (w5, lb2, nb2) ...........................9 ( Up to and in­clud­ing July 25)

PW L T N/R Ps Sur­rey.............. 7 4 2 0 1 9 Glam­or­gan ....... 7 3 1 0 3 9 Glouces­ter ........ 6 2 1 1 2 7 Hampshire ...... 6 3 2 0 1 7 Som­er­set ......... 6 2 2 0 2 6 Es­sex ............... 7 2 4 0 1 5 Kent head coach Matt Walker

Pic­ture: Tom Shaw Im­ages/Getty

Eng­land cel­e­brate win­ning the World Cup fi­nal against In­dia on Sun­day

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