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Shrubsole takes 6-fer to bowl England to 9-run win in Women's World Cup Final

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A flurry of late wickets – including six from Anya Shrubsole - took England to World Cup glory today in front of a packed Lord’s. Puna Raut’s 86 had looked to be taking India home before a collapse saw England win by nine runs and lift the trophy.

After winning the toss England started positively before initially some accurate slow bowling and then the wily veteran Jhulan Goswami pegged them back. Goswami, who made her international debut in 2002, starred with the ball to record figures of 10-3-23-3.

England’s eventual total of 228-7 owed much to players chipping in here and there – Nat Sciver was top-scorer 51 but Sarah Taylor (45), Katherine Brunt (34) and Jenny Gunn (25) all played their part.

While India’s target was not an easy one, England knew they needed early wickets and Anya Shrubsole obliged in her first over, nipping one through the defences of Smriti Mandhana. When captain Mithali Raj was run out India had a long way to go but Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur put on 95 for the third wicket to swing the game towards the visitors.

India’s platform then collapsed in a cacophonous Lord’s as England’s bowlers turned it around from nowhere to seal World Cup glory for the hosts.