Australia marched its way into Women’s World Cup history tonight as the side won a record sixth ICC Women’s World Cup title after it beat West Indies by 114 runs in front of a vociferous crowd at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium. Electing to bat first, Australia posted a formidable 259-7 off its 50 overs – the highest score in a 50-over Women’s World Cup final – before dismissing West Indies for just 145 runs. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates was declared Player of the Tournament for her 407 runs with three half-centuries and a ton at an average of 67.83. She also took four wickets while captaining her side to a fourth place finish in the tournament.
The final saw the return of Australia’s Ellyse Perry, back from an ankle injury and bowling with all the aggression expected of a fast bowler, taking 3-19 in her 10 overs. The Australian women dominated right from the start never letting the dangerous West Indies batting off the hook.