Opener Alyssa Healy smashed a record 170 as Australia routed England by 71 runs to claim their seventh Women’s World Cup win in Christchurch on Sunday.
Healy’s belligerent 138-ball innings, the highest total in a World Cup final, helped Australia set a mammoth victory target of 357 at Hagley Oval which proved beyond the defending champions despite a fighting century by Nat Sciver.
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Sciver’s unbeaten 148 entertained the crowd but she played a lone hand as England were bowled out for 285 with six overs to spare.
“That was pretty special from our group,” said wicketkeeper-batter Healy, player-of-the-match as well as the tournament.
“Our team sets out to win events like these.
“We have done it all but to do it on the biggest stage, I never imagined in my wildest dreams.”
Meg Lanning’s Australia finished unbeaten in nine matches, erasing their 2017 World Cup disappointment when they were stunned in the semi-finals by India in England.
The peerless Australians have now won three of the last five 50-over World Cups and own both the major global trophies, having claimed the T20 World Cup on home soil in 2020.
“I think we deserved a victory today,” said skipper Lanning.
“It hasn’t been easy but it is nice to be able to get to the end of this block and say we are the champions.”