Title win at home is special for England women

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/t/t20-taylor.jpg' class='caption'> England captain Charlotte Edwards said Sunday's triumph in the World Twenty20 at home was special.

Updated: June 21, 2009 13:41 IST
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England have beaten New Zealand twice in World Cup finals in a span of three months but according to captain Charlotte Edwards, Sunday's triumph in the World Twenty20 at home was special.

England, who lifted the 50-over World Cup in March this year, defeated the Kiwis by six wickets at Lord's today after Katherine Brunt set up the win with a stunning three-wicket haul which restricted the visitors to a mere 85.

England skipper Edwards was all smiles to lay hands on the winners trophy.

"To win a World Cup at home is very special. Katherine bowled brilliantly. It was a good toss to win. We got our best performance on the field and it came in final," Edwards said at the post-match ceremony.

Edwards also praised New Zealand for their consistent show in the tournament. The Kiwis were also undefeated before coming to the final.

"They are a good team. They were also unbeaten and we were lucky to beat them," she said.

England batswoman Claire Taylor was adjudged Player of the Tournament for her brilliant batting throughout the tournament. She scored 199 runs in five matches, including a scintillating 76-run knock against Australia in the semi-final.

Sunday also she steered the hosts to win with an unbeaten 39.

"It has been an amazing few months for England. It was a good chase and great to play at Lord's. (The win) is just brilliant. No words," she said.

New Zealand skipper Aimee Watkins rued the batting collapse for the defeat.

"It was a disappointing performance today. We underestimated the pitch. A score of 120 might have been a fighting total. Our bowlers did well, created chances but we did not have enough runs on the board," she said.

Player of the match Brunt was delighted with her bowling.

"It was a good bowling effort. I managed to get some swing. It was not a high score (to chase). We bowled well and it was an amazing crowd. It's great to win at home," she said.

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