Heather Knight: I can’t stop smiling at the moment. We’ve won those tight games which is something we’ve worked on in the last 18 months. We’ve worked on situations where the heat is on us and look to come up on top. They were batting brilliantly, credit to them, they’ve had a great tournament. But we knew that if we stayed on till the end and brought the rate up over 5 or 6, we would be in the game. A huge thank you to the crowds as well for coming up in large numbers and supporting up. Women’s cricket keeps growing from strength to strength and all teams have shown that. The tournament has been outstanding, England is a perfect place to be hosting this tournament given the stage at which we are now.
Now time for the winning medallions. A contrast of a spring in the step as they run up on stage, beaming. And why not
Mithali Raj: It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for holding their nerve. They did well in those crunch moments which turned the game. I want to tell my girls that I am very proud of them. They didn’t make it easy for any of the teams. I would also like to thank the crowds for coming up in large numbers to support women’s cricket. Jhulan is a class bowler, she has shown it a number of times. The batting was a little inexperienced and they couldn’t hold their nerve in the end overs. I am sure this experience will help the batters. I do see myself playing for a couple of years but I don’t see myself playing another world cup. Jhulan has had an excellent career, very long and inspirational for young cricketers. I am sure people at home would now look up to women cricketers.
July 23, 2017 is a date that is unlikely to be forgotten easily in Women’s cricket. History was made even before a ball was bowled in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 with a sell-out crowd at Lord’s coming in to witness, and with a record number tuning in. With a setting unlike any other, hosts, and favorites, England won an important toss and chose to bowl.
Scores: England 228/7 in 50 overs (Natalie Sciver 51, Sarah Taylor 45; Jhulan Goswami 3/23) beat India 219 all out in 48.4 overs (Punam Raut 86, Harmanpreet Kaur 51; Anya Shrubsole 6/46) by nine runs.
Hartley: “Cannot believe it. This is what we have been working for. For me, it was just another cricket game. Shrubsole, well, what a hero!”
Winfield: “Proper team performance got us over the line. We had plans, we stuck to it. Every time we got wickets, we said let’s stick to it. Sounds amazing”
Sarah: “Quite a comeback. Bit of a fight in there. It’s been a roller-coaster year for most of the team. I got back to training to see how it goes (after my break)”
Robinson (England coach): “India played really well. It’s always about getting that one wicket, and then you get two and three. Slower bowlers were always going to be hard to get away. This team has a lot of heart and courage. Incredibly mapped by ICC (this tournament)”
Beaumont: “Bowled well today, but Anya was just outstanding to bowl that way. In a World Cup final, every run is important. We just stuck there.”