On Saturday night England women’s cricket team managed to do another thing which their male counterparts have failed to achieve by winning the ICC Women’s World Cup in a nail-biting victory over New Zealand at the North Sydney Oval.

They may not bowl as fast, hit the ball as far or field as well, but the game sure was entertaining. No reverse-sweeps for six or straight drives being caught in the stands it has to be said, however the emotion Charlotte Edwards and her team showed on the scoring of the final boundary to see them home proved that it doesn’t take multimillion dollar player auctions to enjoy the game of cricket.

England went into the tournament as favourites and comfortably beat all the sides on their way to progression through the group stages with a game to spare. Two wins out of three in the Super Sixes and they were in the final, against a New Zealand side who had amassed 373-7 in their semi-final and set up an unprecedented 233 run victory over Pakistan.

Electing to bat first, New Zealand were in real trouble at 101 – 7 as the England bowlers bowled straight and full and rattled the experienced top and middle order. If it wasn’t for Lucy Doolan’s 48 batting at number nine, the Southern Hemisphere side would have struggled to surpass 120, but their final all-out total of 166 in under 48 overs did not appear to be enough at the half way stage.

The England opening partnership of Taylor and Atkins seemed to be taking England home all too easily, and reached 74 with no trouble whatsoever, before Doolan removed Taylor for 39. Three wickets fell in quick succession to give the fielding side some hope at 121 – 4, but with lack of runs on the board and boundaries still flowing, the batting side were still in complete control. Greenway was caught off the bowling of Mason before Beth Morgan carelessly ran herself out to potentially set up a nervy final few runs, but woman-of-the-match Nicky Shaw played two beautiful cut shots before elegantly stroking a leg stump half volley through mid wicket to win the game for England by four wickets.

But what will the win mean for English women’s cricket? Women’s cricket in England is the sport which is on the rise the fastest in the country - Many cricket clubs up and down England and Wales now have a women’s XI at junior or senior level. Hopefully, just like the men’s Ashes win in 2005, this victory for the women will spark a further rise in future female stars with a desire to start playing the game. There is no other sport in the country which has both male and female senior sides competing on the world stage like there is with cricket at the moment, and the women should take great pride in what they have achieved over the last month. Yes their wins still might fail to out-rank the men’s scores from the West Indies, but with any luck, come the next Women’s World Cup in India 2013, England will be the holders of both trophies...

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