This article titled “England beat India by nine runs to win Women’s Cricket World Cup – live!” was written by Vithushan Ehantharajah (earlier) and Adam Collins (now), for theguardian.com on Sunday 23rd July 2017 16.59 UTC
And that’s that.
A tournament that deserved a grandstand finish got exactly that. 7-for-28 was the India collapse, just at the moment they looked to have this trophy. But then came Anya Shrubsole. Her five wicket spell are what dreams are made of. Simple as that. What a tournament, what a final. Cricket, ay? On behalf of Vish and myself and the others who have been on the OBO today and during the Women’s World Cup, thanks for your company. It’s been a lot of fun. England: World Champions. Brilliant. G’night.
A quick report. With plenty more to come from Vic and Vish over the next couple of hours.
Post-game interviews. Sarah Taylor in tears, discussing how close she came to not playing this World Cup. A brave call from her to miss a year of cricket. A mighty comeback.
A round of applause for coach Mark Robinson from the assembled crowd, most of them have hung around for the presentation, up in a tic.
For that, we will see Bath’s finest, Anya Shrubsole, surely presented the player of the match gong. In case you missed it, that tweet again from her old man.
A word for Mithali. She sat there in her pads until the penultimate wicket fell. Her final World Cup game. Really something else. What a player. 7-for-28 the final Indian collapse she had to watch from the sidelines.
9.4-0-46-6. Anya Shrubsole’s analysis. 5-11 in her final spell, in 19 deliveries. She’s just won the World Cup single-handedly. Very emotional scenes up here. Ebony Rainford-Brent on the radio in tears. Magical scenes. The best of our sport.
ENGLAND HAVE WON THE WORLD CUP! INDIA ALL OUT 219. Poonam b Shrubsole 0.
Next ball, it didn’t matter, Shrubsole takes her sixth. It’s emphatic, stumps everywhere. Extraodinary scenes in the middle of Lord’s. ENGLAND HAVE ON THE WORLD CUP!
DROPPED! JENNY GUNN HAS DROPPED THE MOST BASIC CHANCE. It would have won the World Cup. Mid-off was where she was. It’s unbelievable!
WICKET! Deepti c Sciver b Shrubsole 14. (India 218-9)
Shrubsole again! Forces the false stroke, Deepti tries to slap and it’s a high top edge and Sciver again takes a clutch catch. It’s not a pretty replay for the young gun Deepti.
48th over: India 218-8 (Deepti 13, Poonam 0). It’s raining at Lord’s! No one way they will come off. Gunn was back for that, I neglected to add. Only three from it, and very nearly another run out to end the over as well. 11 from 12 needed. BOWIE and Freddie getting a run from the Cricket Ground DJ.
WICKET! Run out (Shrubsole to Taylor) 4 (India 218-8)
To point goes to the shot, the all is yes, she’s sent back. Shrubsole – of course! – is there. The throw is good enough. Taylor does the rest with a swooping collect, taking the stumps and leaving the batsman well short.
47th over: India 215-7 (Deepti 13, Pandey 3). It requied inside edges, squirts, shoves. An extra. The aforementioned favourable decision upstairs. But they’ve found seven from the over and haven’t lost a wicket. 14 from 18 needed. Realistically, England need three wickets.
NOT OUT! “Inconclusive” the call from the third umpire. “That looked out on four of the five angles,” says Ebony Rainford-Brent on the radio. I’m with her. Goodness me that’s stiff.
HAS SARAH TAYLOR STUMPED DEEPTI? We’ll find out in a moment.
46th over: India 208-7 (Deepti 9, Pandey 1). Deepti goes over Hartley’s head first ball of the set. For all the wickets, they don’t yet need more than a run a ball. Three further singles come. So. Seven from it. India need 21 from four overs. Shrubsole still has overs – two of them.
WICKET! Goswami b Shrubsole 0 (India 201-7)
The vice-captain has done it! Through the gate of Goswami first ball, three wickets in eight balls for the champion quick. She has 4-for-38, England have one hand on the World Cup and they know it. Or is there another twist? This comp, don’t doubt it.
45th over: India 201-7 (Deepti 3, Pandey 0)
WICKET! Krishnamurthy c Sciver b Shrubsole 35 (India 200-6)
Khrishnamurthy holes out to mid-on! It’s a slog across the line, fat top edge, no mistake made by the Queen of the World Cup. Three wickets in a couple of overs. India capitulating.
44th over: India 198-5 (Krishnamurthy 34, Deepti 1). Neglected to mention that Krishnamurthy smacked Hartley inside-out to start that over, way back when. A moment of chaos when Deepti tips and runs. Mercifully, for India, sent back. Just in time. Sent upstairs. But she’s back. Just. Over ends with Krishnamurthy hoicking fine, it’s aerial but lands safe. Again. Just. A game of inches here. Literally. BUCKLE UP. 31 from 36 needed.
WICKET! Verma b Hartley 0 (India 196-5)
Hartley beats Verma sweeping, into her leg stump it goes! The crowd go WILD, as does the young spinner. Hate to say it, but might be in India’s interests though, as Deepti surely more likely to make a dent in this than Verma was? 33 from 39 required. Two wickets in five balls the damage. WE HAVE OUR GRANDSTAND FINISH!
WICKET! Punam Raut lbw Shrubsole 86 (India 191-4)
How about that! Shrubsole back and gets the urgent wicket, Punam goes after a mighty hand. She wants to review but the umpire says no, she has taken too long! It all comes after Krishnamurthy clobbered back to back boundaries, carrying the first over cover, doing just enough. The second much more defiant, straight over mid-off. To borrow from WM Lawry – IT’S ALL HAPPENING!
43rd over: India 191-4 (Krishnamurthy 28, Verma 0).
42nd over: India 182-3 (Punam 86, Krishnamurthy 19). Hardley for a third spell. And she nearly gets Krishnamurthy! How do you beat the outside edge and leg stump? She has. The same player gets deep in the crease to play another little late cut off her stumps. Just gets the bat down in time. India have turned down a gear here. They are eight runs above DLS at the over. Important fact, as it is even darker than it was three minutes ago. In other words: England need a wicket, urgently.
41st over: India 178-3 (Punam 84, Krishnamurthy 17). Marsh for her final over from the Pavilion End. Punam, the big wicket, nearly gives them a chance too – off the top edge, back of the bat almost, when sweeping. But it falls safe. The field is taken on a couple of times. It’s almost hit and run stuff, but it is working. Five from it. Marsh through her ten for 39. Still need 5.67 an over through the final nine. Not for nothing.
And you know what I said about rain and it not playing a part? It’s very, very dark at Lord’s again. Watch this space on that. Probably 40 minutes needed to finish this thing in regulation, as they say in the US sports.
40th over: India 173-3 (Punam 80, Krishnamurthy 16). Right – Punam is fine. Well, she’s hasn’t gone off. It’s Gunn, into her sixth. Slower ball met with a quick single by Punam, Marsh racing in from the circle at third man. Bit deep there, the consensus. Punam again in the action to end the over, using her feet and going through the air at cover point. A heave more than a stroke. Brunt puts in the big ones to prevent a boundary, slipping in the process. She gives it her all. Seven from it.
Cramp? It’s actually not a real drinks break, they are taking one on account of Punam Raut going down with what appears to be cramp. She’s been on the ground a long time though, with several support staff trying to help. Looks to be in a lot of discomfort. Umpires watching on closely. Worse than cramp? A hamstring issue? Stand by.
39th over: India 166-3 (Punam 75, Krishnamurthy 15). Marsh delivers a very penetrative set. A leg before shout, another that nearly slips through to finish off. One from it. Two good overs for England on the bounce. They grab a drink.
38th over: India 165-3 (Punam 74, Krishnamurthy 15). Oh no DROPPED! It’s Gunn back, wins the false stroke from the dangerous Krishnamurhy, and the captain Knight has put it down diving to her right. You wouldn’t hear of it. Brilliant set of hands usually. She digs her her into the ground after the chance goes down, an acknowledgment of what has just happened. After the missed stumping from Taylor a quarter hour ago or so – it shows the pressure of this setting. Four runs the damage by the time the over is finished. Gunn’s been England’s most frugal today, has plenty of work yet to do.
37th over: India 161-3 (Punam 73, Krishnamurthy 12). Marsh continues. So they’re trying to spin to win. India have taken the upper hand since losing Harmanpreet. Punam deflects behind point and it’s four! Hartley isn’t known for her fielding an this isn’t her best piece of work down there. That hurts. Marsh fights back, only two other singles coming. “England have got to believe here that the are going to get that wicket,” the advice of Charlotte Edwards on radio. “They have got to believe.” Real passion there. “This is where someone has got to put their hand up.”
36th over: India 155-3 (Punam 68, Krishnamurthy 11). Hartley, in her 1990s shades, to go again in her seventh. Little dab from Punam gets two early in the over. Then when she gets her chance, Krishnamurthy replicates her slap down to long-off from the previous over, but excellent work from Gunn racing around to cut it off from long-on. Committed, athletic fielding. She won’t be denied when going squarer though, a beautifully struck inside-out boundary. Turning into an excellent over. Added to when Hartley sprays one, a wide added. Right. Ten off that. The first over of the batting power plan a most effective one. India need 74 from 84.
35th over: India 145-3 (Punam 65, Krishnamurthy 5). Krishnamurthy took four balls to score, but she did it was straight and effective, to the rope in front of the pavilion. Marsh earns a stumping chance off Punam! Taylor misses the stumping! Blimey, didn’t expect to be writing those words. It’s gone between bat and pad, it didn’t look like Taylor saw it until late. But it was in and out of the gloves. Punam survives.
34th over: India 138-3 (Punam 63, Krishnamurthy 0). Krishnamurthy sweeping from the get go, but unable to get off strike. Brilliant over from Hartley, happy to maintain her attacking disposition. High risk, high reward. Has matchwinner written all over her.
WICKET! Harmanpreet c Beaumont b Hartley 51 (India 138-3)
She got all of that sweep, but straight down the throat of Tammy Beaumont! Bringing Hartley back has worked, the England players elated as they race to where the catch was taken at the backward square leg rope. The stand of 95 comes to an end. But forget about that: Harmanpreet Kaur is gone. Huge.
33rd over: India 136-2 (Punam 62, Harmanpreet 50). A different kind of innings to Thursday but no less important the half-century here by Harmanpreet Kaur. 78 balls to get there. A couple of those big, powerful sixes, but for the most part careful accumulation has defined her stay so far. To be precise, two sixes, three fours and the rest all in singles. 5.60 now the required rate. “I’m living and breathing every ball here,” says Charlotte Edwards on the radio.
32nd over: India 133-2 (Punam 61, Harmanpreet 48). Knight throwing the ball around now. Needs to. Hartley is back. Hoping, presumably, that Harmanpreet will try and take her down and fail. But it is Punam in the action. For the wrong reasons initially, looking for a single that isn’t there, having to send Harmanpreet back. But no confusion next up, down the track and driving with power over cover. Just about her best shot today. Hartley fights back well, and beats Puman’s outside edge to finish the over. Six from it.
In case you were wondering, rain will not – unless something mad happens – play a role in this final. Very funny now, albeit through the clouds. But not at all grim. We’ve defied the forecast.
31st over: India 127-2 (Punam 56, Harmanpreet 47). Acknowledging the need for a wicket, Brunt is back as well. Only went through four earlier on, so not a bad shout. But it’s a frustrating over for her. Not much wrong with the direction but seven from it, the bulk of them behind point using her added pace. Not helped by an overthrow, passing by Brunt when Hartley misdirects her return. From here, India need 5.37 an over. The partnership is currently 84.
30th over: India 120-2 (Punam 50, Harmanpreet 46). Shrubsole goes again. Punam makes good contact on a pull shot, saved by I think it is Brunt sweeping at square leg. Athletic diving stop close to the rope. Further singles are exchanged before Punam gets her third half-century of the World Cup with a push behind square to end the over. 75 balls, a couple of boundaries and a straight six along the way. Important hand. Job far from done. England need a spark. Better yet, a wicket. Tempo in India’s favour.
29th over: India 114-2 (Punam 46, Harmanpreet 45). Sciver has an important role to play here, especially with Hartley unlikely to get through ten from here while Harmanpreet is out there. She concedes a boundary to her here, tickled very fine from the stumps. On another day that would have bowled her.
28th over: India 108-2 (Punam 45, Harmanpreet 40). Right, so only the one over from Knight before she returns to Shrubsole from the Nursery End. Hope she gets a chance from the other end to generate some huge movement towards these right handers at some stage. Can’t complain about this though, only two from it.
27th over: India 106-2 (Punam 45, Harmanpreet 39). First ball of Sciver’s new over gets India to 100 with a single to square leg from Harmanpreet. Fantastic response from their supporters, and there are plenty of them in here at HQ today. Oh, Harmanpreet times a cagey little pull shot from middle stump. It keeps a fraction low (well, doesn’t get up) but has all the time in the world to adjust her stroke and pick out a gap behind square. Building, building. Run a ball over the last five overs,and 5.35 needed to win from here for India.
26th over: India 99-2 (Punam 44, Harmanpreet 33). Knight brings herself on, with Harmanpreet increasingly keen to have a go at Hartley. Good leadership. Options galore with the ball, been a big part of England’s success. The 50 stand between these two comes from the first ball of the over, Punam tucking around the corner for a single. 79 balls to get there. Harmanpreet drives down the ground with ease getting Punam back. And it’s a big full toss from Knight. So big that it wins a free hit. She doesn’t fully capitalise, grabbing a couple to deep cover. TMS reminding me that Punam and Harmanpreet both made half-centuries the previous time India played at Lord’s, defeating England when chasing 230. All a bit familiar, then. Raj made 94 not out that day, mind. Seven off this one. Scrappy start from the skipper. Finishes with a second fully. Hmm.
25th over: India 92-2 (Punam 39, Harmanpreet 32). Sciver brought back to replace Marsh. Keeps Punam honest, a decent shout for leg before. It’s going down, and then quickly realise that and don’t review. Mel Jones on radio complimentary of Sarah Taylor’s influence in preventing any wild referrals. Four singles, including another Punam ramp. We’re at the half-way mark. England were 103-3. Don’t yell at me, I know this means nothing. I’m just sharing.
24th over: India 88-2 (Punam 36, Harmanpreet 30). Oh that’s magnificent from Harmanpreet, the back pad along the ground, swinging with the straightest arms. The contact enough, landing in the grandstand, the chap in the front row putting down the catch. Second time she’s done that. Into the 30s. Nine from the Hartley over – the bowler she seems most keen to take on, much as she was the left-arm orthodox of Jess Jonassen on Thursday. She won’t need long to rip this game apart.
23rd over: India 79-2 (Punam 36, Harmanpreet 22). Marsh’s third over on the bounce where four singles have been added. Nothing more. Both sides probably happy enough with that. Three of those down the ground. A scoop too. Punam had a couple of goes at that now.
“It seems an obvious point to make but Jenny Gunn is a bit good, isn’t she?” James Higgott likes the England all-rounder’s work. “She fires them in, barrel straight, on target every time. She’s an automatic pick for me. I’m glad they’ve held a few of her overs back, keeping her powder dry for later.”
22nd over: India 75-2 (Punam 34, Harmanpreet 20). Hartley encourages a Harmanpreet dance early in the over. As I tried to explain after her 171 the other day, you just have to hold your breath when she goes down the track like that. Each time is an event. It only gets her a single this time though. Two from it. Hartley doing plenty right here early on.
This isn’t a bad shout.
21st over: India 73-2 (Punam 33, Harmanpreet 19). 75 for Duckworth Lewis at the end of this over. I raise this becuase we have a game with 20 overs now registered. They get four from the over, all risk-free, leaving them two runs short of that mark. But the point is, we have a smashing contest on our hands here. Especially with Harmanpreet now up and about. Get yourself in front of a TV. This is spot on.
20th over: India 69-2 (Punam 31, Harmanpreet 17). A mate of mine popped on the social media the other day that when his boy grows up he hopes he can keep like Sarah Taylor. She shows her unique game awareness again here, dancing around while Punam is mid-ramp. So close to gloving it, too. Oh but forget about that: Harmanpreet has just done her thing! Dance, stop prop, swing of the arms, connect, six! And a big’un! Nearly into the crowd, 20m beyond the actual boundary. On ABC TV in Australia overnight Gideon Haigh compared her posture to that of the iconic Victor Trumper image (that he’s literally written the book on, so he would know). Buckle up.
19th over: India 59-2 (Punam 28, Harmanpreet 10). Excellent little session since Raj was removed, England conceding 16 runs in 35 balls thereafter with Marsh’s set here conceding four. India helped by a legside wide. But it did give Taylor the chance to show off her mad skillz again behind the stumps.
18th over: India 55-2 (Punam 27, Harmanpreet 8). Right, so it’s Hartley. We’ve seen her left-arm spin claim big wickets in this tournament, not least Meg Lanning. That was the game with the biggest crowd before this one, and she as ice cold under pressure. Here, she tosses it up to Harmanpreet from the get go, 45mph. Five high-quality dots before the Indian matchwinner goes sweeping to end the set. A single to square leg keeps her the strike. Big contest between those two coming up, surely.
17th over: India 54-2 (Punam 27, Harmanpreet 7). Marsh giving it some air, encouraging both the drive. Harmanpreet doesn’t make great contact and it goes back to the bowler. Looked close to reaching her on the full. Not to be. Punam more convincing, out to deep point for a couple. Four from it. Time for a drink in the middle, with Alex Hartley ready to take the ball for the first time in England’s defence of 228 when they return. And for those on weather watch, it is very sunny. And we’re three overs away from “a game” as they say in DLS speak. On the radio, Lottie says England are “just in front.”
16th over: India 50-2 (Punam 24, Harmanpreet 6). Maiden for Jenny Gunn. Completed after a fantasic diving stop on the circle at cover to end the over. Didn’t quite catch who it was – maybe Beaumont. That’s what India did so well. The standard of fielding lifting for the final.
15th over: India 50-2 (Punam 24, Harmanpreet 6). The ground holds its breath… Harmanpreet just clears mid-on! It’s a false stroke, far from the middle of the bat. Four instead. There’s another pause when Marsh really fancies a leg before shout against Punam. She’s well down, they elect not to review. “Might have been worth a cheeky DRS,” says Charlotte Edwards on TMS. 50 up in the over as well. Required rate now above five, India currently going at 3.33.
14th over: India 45-2 (Punam 24, Harmanpreet 1). Punam runs the first Gunn deliver of a new set to third man. Harmanpreet collects a couple of more dots before getting off the mark to her eighth delivery. Means very little though, she’ll swing when she’s good and ready. In case you missed the numbers, her first 50 came in 64 balls on Thursday against Australia. The next 121 in 50 balls. Have that. Great from Gunn, four runs from her three overs. Great story given she thought her career was pretty much done and was happy enough just to make the 15.
13th over: India 43-2 (Punam 23, Harmanpreet 0). The run out came to the first ball of Laura Marsh’s spell. Watching the replay, hard to know why no dive came. Odd cricket, awful running. Harmanpreet is the new player to the crease. We’ll come to her in a tic. She’s in careful defence to the rest of the over, Marsh recording a maiden to begin. Talk about exactly what England needed.
WICKET! Mithali Raj run out (Sciver to Taylor) 17 (India 43-2)
What a moment! Sciver whips a throw in and Raj has to rely on a mistake, but Sarah Taylor doesn’t make this, catching the ball in front of the stumps and taking the bails carefully balanced on one leg. Cannot overstate just how good Raj looked until that moment. It’s a slow walk off. She knows.
12th over: India 43-1 (Punam 23, Raj 17). This is a really good start from Gunn, two singles into the off-side – one via a drop-and-go – the only runs off her two tidy overs.
11th over: India 41-1 (Punam 22, Raj 16). Big over for India, ten from it after two maidens. Punam takes Sciver over midwicket and it nearly goes the full journey. Not without risk, but a nice pressure release. The cover drive from Raj is one to swoon over. It rockets out to the rope. Immense timing.
Double verification on the women’s toilets line from earlier in the OBO.
10th over: India 31-1 (Punam 17, Raj 11). Back to back maidens to end the power play. Good captaincy from Knight, getting Gunn on who immediately lands her medium pace in those familiar long sleeves. She wears them since – by her estimation – the Australians tried to stitch her up way back when for chucking. A million miles from here, though.
9th over: India 31-1 (Punam 17, Raj 11). Sciver on to replace Brunt at the Pavilion End. She’s found a solid length, just short of anything that Punam can swing her arms through. Maiden, the first of the innings. And the six in the previous over, I neglected to note, was the first of the match. 108 were struck in the group stage of this World Cup. Harmanpreet added seven more herself in the semi. We’ll see her soon enough, no doubt.
8th over: India 31-1 (Punam 17, Raj 11). Big from Punam! Oh and classy too, down on the one leg and boshing Shrubsole back towards us in the media centre, clearing the rope by a metre or two. A single to third man keeps her the strike. The lights are on all around Lord’s, but the sun is bright as well. Well, brighter than it has been. Maybe just maybe we get this done without a rain delay? Would be quite something given that brutal forecast.
7th over: India 24-1 (Punam 10, Raj 11). On that’s super timing from Raj, clipping off her pads past square leg and racing to the boundary to begin the Brunt set. She’s striking the ball nicely, on back foot then front. She’s in.
“I hope many others out there have enjoyed the #WWC2017 as much as I have,” writes Chris Drew. “Hope we have a great finish.” Concur. x2. It has been magnificent. Deserves the big finish. Not a Duckworth-Lewis one.
6th over: India 20-1 (Punam 10, Raj 7). Shrubsole concedes singles to each as the over begins before dropping into a shoebox to Punam for the remainder. Tidy.
Related to the previous post, a poem on Anya Shrubsole in on the email from Ian Spencer. Let’s give it a run:
I love your
And your surname
Rhymes with pole
“It took years to write,” he adds. Looks it.
5th over: India 13-1 (Punam 9, Raj 6). Mithali in no hurry, presenting a calm and straight blade to Brunt. Purposeful, hitting the fielders on the ring. She’s looking the part. Made an unbeaten 94 when India knocked England off here in 2012. Oh and there she goes, last ball of the set launching into a full-blooded square drive. No chance for the sweeper. She’s away. And I fancy she might be on one as well. We’ll know soon.
What a comp she’s had. Off the field, firing a helluva blow at the pre-World Cup media briefing. I was seated next to her when she went through a journalist who asked who her favourite man is to watch play. Real get-the-popcorn stuff. Her twitter following then: about 4000. Now? 115,000. Have that. The poetry reading before her first innings. Then along the way, overtaking Charlotte Edwards for the most runs ever for a woman in ODIs (5992), the next over smashing a straight six to go beyond 6000 as well. Says what she means, means what she says.
4th over: India 13-1 (Punam 8, Raj 2). Punam Raut goes heaving, taking Shrubsole over her head for India’s first boundary. She’s played more convincing strokes than that, not getting all of it, but it is enough.
Raf raises a good point. There is still, reportedly, rain about. We nearly went off earlier, but through the drizzle they continued. Reserve day in place here, so if it does chuck it down we just continue on tomorrow. Mostly likely won’t make a difference at the Pavilion End. The MCC have backed this event in big time, but their members haven’t. The official from the Club is that they are all over in the new Plum Warner, which to be fair is pretty full. But still. Optics, and all that. I’ll try not to mention this again as this isn’t a day for negativity.
3rd over: India 8-1 (Punam 3, Raj 2). Punam Raut, who made a ton against Austalia only last week, in defence to Brunt for the most part. A bit of early consolidation called for after the early incision. She deflects a single to third man, giving Raj the strike for one ball. She lets it go with ease and poise and all that.
2nd over: India 6-1 (Punam 2, Raj 1). Inside edge from the captain Raj, her first ball ending up at fine leg. A few ooohs and aaahs. It’s her last innings in World Cup cricket, declaring that she will have well and truly given it away by the time the cavnival comes around four years from now.
WICKET! Mandhana b Shrubsole 0 (India 5-1)
A nervous start spraying three wides, but soon as Shrubsole hit the mark it went through the gate of Mandhana for a duck! The Indian opener smashed the England seamers to all parts in the competition opener. She’s struggled since the first week of the World Cup but it is still a massive early breakthrough. England away! And Anya loves it, superb celebration all the way into the arms of ‘keeper Sarah Taylor.
1st over: India 1-0 (Punam 1, Mandhana 0). Tidy start from the attack leader. Brings Punam forward for the most part. A single to third man. Temptation would have been for Shrubsole to bowl down the slope with her natural movement towards right-handers. But as Jarrod Kimber notes to my right, that’s a mistake touring teams make at HQ, not hosts.
“There is a huge queue for the ladies,” reports James Higgott. “My friend Nemone tells me she has never had to queue for the loo at Lord’s before.” Makes sense. The ECB reported during the week that 50% of all tickets sold in World Cup 2017 have been to women and girls.
Before we start. Not the most bold prediction, but Anya Shrubsole to run amok with the slope. She’ll be coming from the Nursery End after Katherine Brunt starts off running in from the Pavilion. It’s Mandhana and Punam for India. Both have made hundreds in the tournament. Play!
Pop on TMS. The aforementioned Clare Connor is speaking from the heart and it’s wonderful. “You see little girls out there from all sorts of backgrounds on the outfield. When Karen led the team out here in 1993 that was six years before women were really accepted into this club… the next chapter is there to be written. It is up to us.”
Connor is now discussing Eileen Ash, who rang the five minute bell before play earlier. She wore her 1937 blazer. She’s 105 years old. Powerful radio.
If you want to get a flavour for how far this has come make sure you read Raf Nicholson’s superb piece on the 1993 World Cup when you get a chance. And there goes that bell. Players at the ready. England on the field, racing out actually. Good body language.
Let’s have ourselves a grandstand finish.
Righto. Let’s take stock. So India require 229 to become world champions. Imagine saying that a week and a half ago when they were thrashed by Australia and racing towards early elimination? But they’ve barely put a foot wrong since, continuing through their bowling innings this morning. It came together beautifully, delivering very few four-balls, enough problematic ones, while putting in a tremendous shift in the field. Only one run out came in the end, but several direct hits kept constant pressure on England. Who threatened and threatened but never really got going.
That’s where the pressure stays now – on the hosts. Despite a just-servicable amount of runs on the board, they will know that India’s primary strength is their batting. Four of their top five have recorded centuries in the competition, a list that includes the most prolific accumulator in the history of the women’s, captain Mithali Raj, and semi-final wonder Harmanpreet Kaur. And both were in the runs last time India played here in 2012, for what little what’s worth.
It’s Adam Collins here taking the baton from Vish and it’s my utter pleasure to be in the Lord’s press box ready to bring this all to you on the OBO over the next few hours. Find a telly, chuck on the radio and stick with me. It’s a special day for our sport. Let’s hope for a grandstand finish. It deserves nothing less.
There’s a choir giving it the big ones in the middle, several games of girls cricket as well. Clare Connor is on the radio through the break. “It’s a very significant day,” she says. Too right. In my small part due to the former England skipper. This is her life’s work. Be part of it as well by dropping me a line. Adam.Collins.Freelance@theguardian.com in the old money, @collinadam the new. See you in a tic.
INDIA REQUIRE 229 TO WIN
50th over: England 228-7 (Gunn 25, Marsh 14) As expected, no Pandey. Deepti Sharma will finish the innings of from the Pavilion End. Gunn thinks she might have snared four very fine as she mistimes a sweep but excellent fielding from fine leg, up in the circle, saves three. So ends a good over from Sharma – just seven from it. Well, it’s competitive, especially on a surface that did seem to be taking turn. Is it enough for England? We’ll find out in half-an-hour…
49th over: England 221-7 (Gunn 21, Marsh 11) Can’t imagine Pandey will bowl the last over. Her seven so far has given away 53 runs. Give the innings rate is under five, she’s been a wee bit expensive. Singles off every ball bring six runs as Gayakwad finishes with 1-49 from her 10 overs.
This. Very much this
48th over: England 215-7 (Gunn 18, Marsh 8) Now that’s the over they needed. Gunn starts it with a four clubbed through midwicket for four. Immediately, right-arm seamer Pandey is on the back foot. So much so that she accidentally bowls a full-bunger which Gunn hits to square leg for a couple. The free hit brings a single but off the last ball, Marsh walks at the bowler and hits through extra cover for four. Decent, that – 14 from it!
47th over: England 201-7 (Gunn 10, Marsh 3) The 200 comes up from 287 deliveries. Just the 16 fours, as Rajeshwari Gayakward returns to bowl her remaining two overs. Five come from the over, with two at the end as Marsh dips down and works the ball around the corner.
46th over: England 196-7 (Gunn 8) The last of the big-hitters is gone. Now it’s all about finesse from here on, as Laura Marsh joins Jenny Gunn.
WICKET! Brunt run out Sharma 34 (England 196-7)
Gunn hits to cover, runs, but it’s Brunt who’s in trouble. Deepti Sharma gathers, aims and hits the stumps at the keeper’s end.
45th over: England 192-6 (Brunt 32, Gunn 6) A single off the fifth ball sees Jenny Gunn plough into the back of Deepti Sharma! It’s not a fair fight. Gunn’s two foot taller and Sharma’s all bones. Thankfully, they don’t come to blows.
44th over: England 188-6 (Brunt 30, Gunn 4) That’s more like it! A first boundary in six overs as Brunt clouts loopy Deepti Sharma through cover for four. And, thanks to Gunn’s speed, they manage to take nine from that over.
43rd over: England 179-6 (Brunt 23, Gunn 2) To be fair to Gunn, as the quickest in the side, she’s doing the…ermm… brunt of Katherine’s running. Two scampering twos and a dash for one gets England and Brunt five more.
42nd over: England 174-6 (Brunt 18, Gunn 2) Brunt doing her bit, charging between the wickets like a Yorkshirewoman raging at the dying light. Gunn, though, needs to get a wiggle on. Currently 2 off 16…
41st over: England 171-6 (Brunt 15, Gunn 2) Three singles. They’re no good, truth be told. Still time to get above 220 which is probably par on this surface but not with that Grandstand boundary. England are good at doing the odd containing job and they’ll need to do their darnedest with that.
40th over: England 168-6 (Brunt 13, Gunn 1) Power Play done and, well, it’s not pretty. Just the one wicket lost but only 13 scored and four of those came with one shot from Brunt…
39th over: England 165-5 (Brunt 11, Gunn 0) Gunn is striking them well, but there’s not much really she can do but hit fielders. Does need a bit of time to get her eye in but, as she showed against Australia and South Africa, she doesn’t mind the odd pump down the ground. England need a few of them…
38th over: England 164-6 (Brunt 10, Gunn 0) Wicket maiden in the Power Play? India will take that. Again and again and again.
WICKET! Sciver LBW Goswami 51 (England 164-6)
Now that is definitely LBW. Sciver walks forward and across – not enough, on both counts – and is struck in front by a Goswami inswinger. The umpire gives it out, but Sciver has to review as the main woman. No good. She’s off.
SCIVER GETS HER FIFTY
37th over: England 164-5 (Sciver 51, Brunt 10) Single takes Sciver to a well-earned half-century: her ninth of her career and her third score of 50 or more this tournament.
36th over: England 157-5 (Sciver 49, Brunt 5) The first over of the batting Power Play – three allowed outside the circle, remember – sees just two runs scored. Goswami, back into the attack, does superbly to keep both Brunt and Sciver honest. Sciver even follows one delivery that gets away from her, almost edging through to Verma.
35th over: England 155-5 (Sciver 48, Brunt 4)
Brunt and Sciver out there together. Landladies uniting – a fact pilfiered from this excellent piece by Jonathan Liew. They’re nearly torn apart as Sciver just turns and runs a second and is nearly run out by a foot. Sushma Verma tries to gather and throw behind her back and onto the stumps but misses. It’s Power Play time…
34th over: England 151-5 (Sciver 45, Brunt 3) Phew. What an over that was. Turns out Sarah Taylor did actually hit the ball and the applause was to encourage Nat Sciver to keep going.
WICKET! Wilson LBW Goswami 0
33rd over: England 146-5 (Sciver 43, Brunt 0) And Goswami is on a hat-trick! Looks a stinker of a decision on first viewing: sliding down? Perhaps not as the replay show it to be clipping. Still, one of those decision that could have gone Wilson’s way. Quality bowling from Goswami, though. Brunt gives it the big front foot forward and blocks out the hat-trick ball.
WICKET! Taylor c Verma b Goswami 45 (England 146-5)
Did she get a tickle on that? Well Taylor didn’t review, so perhaps she hit it. Caught down the leg side. But then she turns as she walks off. And turns once more to clap with her bat… did she get a send off? I’m so confused.
32nd over: England 144-3 (Taylor 43, Sciver 43) Almost stroke-for-stroke now, Sciver and Taylor, especially as Sciver’s cutting down on the boundaries. Fireworks imminent?
31st over: England 140-3 (Sciver 41, Taylor 41) Goswami returns, just as these two have their eyes in to pinch singles at will. They’re given some help by Sushma Verma, who gives away a couple of extra runs when she can’t gather a delivery down the leg side. Three extras to the score.
30th over: England 133-3 (Tylor 39, Sciver 39) Both batsmen neck and neck as they go into the final 20 overs. Quick refresher: there’s a batting Power Play to take which they’ll probably call after 35 overs. Meanwhile in the stands…
29th over: England 128-3 (Taylor 37, Sciver 36) Cute from Sciver, using the pace of Kaur – who, were she cheeky enough, might have Mankaded Taylor at the start of the over . Sciver gets on one knee and helps around the corner with a fine paddle that goes for four.
To his credit, he’s just been up in the press box and was very keen to keep them out there.
28th over: England 118-3 (Taylor 33, Sciver 31) Deepti Sharma’s back on from the Pavilion End and, even without hitting the sweepers, the pair are quick enough to just push to the left or right of those in the ring. “Come on girls!” writes Anomita Banerjee. “Show opponents that girls in blue has power to win this game and shall do it. So go Indian women cricket team make all Indians proud again!” Can’t argue with that. They’ve got a great team – perhaps the best Mithali Raj has had at her disposal.
27th over: England 114-3 (Taylor 31, Sciver 29) Ooooosh – stand and deliver from Sciver! Pandey’s back into the attack, with cover in the covers and one out at square leg… so Sciver thumps down the ground for four! Quality stroke and great timing on a pitch that isn’t allowing many to hit through the line.
26th over: England 107-3 (Taylor 29, Sciver 24) A few raincoats have gone on and the hover covers are being prepped but so far, the only action is on the field. Taylor’s been quietly going about her business without hitting a boundary yet.
25th over: England 103-3 (Taylor 26, Sciver 23)
Just as the first bit of drizzle falls, Sciver gets on one knee and sweeps Harmanpreet Kaur’s part-time doozies around the corner for four! That’ll help. Rain clutters the mind when it comes to DLS and wickets in hand. Sciver doesn’t care for much of that. Nine from the over.
24th over: England 94-3 (Taylot 24, Sciver 17) Clouds have closed in at HQ, I’m afraid. I think it’s starting to spit but the players are still cracking on. The lights have been on for some time, which I didn’t mention earlier. Groundstaff tetchy…
23rd over: England 91-3 (Taylor 21, Sciver 17) Another few singles and India are starting to set some obscure fields. Three people occupying a small area on the legside fence – that kind of stuff.
22nd over: England 88-3 (Taylor 19, Sciver 16) More singles between these two. Steady as they go.
21st over: England 85-3 (Taylor 17, Sciver 15) Steady as they go, with Taylor and Sciver pushing singles to the boundary-riders. That’s new, by the way. England struggled previous to negotiate situations when their boundary options were cut off. Now, especially with Sciver and Taylor, they have enough nous and the game to push into gaps. Confidence, too. That’s the biggest change.
20th over: England 80-3 (Taylor 14, Sciver 13) A couple of iffy singles in and among them but a handy six from the over. Sciver’s nearly caught short as she charges towards the keeper’s end but, even with a direct hit, she just makes her ground.
19th over: England 74-3 (Talyor 10, Sciver 11) And another for Sciver… this time using her feet to get down to meet the leggie on the full to bunt through midwicket. Goswami, out on the leg side, needs to be four times as big and five times as quick to cut that one off.
18th over: England 69-3 (Taylor 10, Sciver 6)
Sciver in the mood. Again. A bit of flight from Deepti Sharma and she gets right to the pitch of the ball, hitting towards the Pavilion for four.
17th over: England 64-3 (Taylor 10, Sciver 1) Beating 370 twice is all well and good, but you don’t want to fall in a heap in a final. Sciver off the mark with a strike through cover. And I mean through cover.
WICKET! Knight LBW Yadav 1 (England 63-3)
Not out is the onfield call but even Knight knows she’s lucky to get the benefit of the umpire’s doubt. Mithali Raj sends it upstairs and the replays show that Knight wasn’t able to get her front pad out of the way for that sweep. Yadav strikes three reds and that’s it for the skipper done. England have lost three for 16…
16th over: England 63-2 (Taylor 10, Knight 1) These two exchange the strike just the once, as Deepti Sharma switches to the Pavilion End
15th over: England 61-2 (Taylor 9, Knight 0) Potential for turning a good start in to a sticky one. Bit unnecessary from Beaumont, who had got out of her funk with that overdue boundary.
WICKET! Beaumont c Goswami b Yadav 23 (England 60-2)
Ha, it wouldn’t be a Women’s World Cup match without a dismissal off a full toss from a leggie. Poonam Yadav is the recipient of this wicket. Beaumont the one with egg on her face. It dips just before Beaumont tries to lash it into the Grandstand – Goswami takes a few giant strides in from the legside fence to take the catch.
14th over: England 59-1 (Beaumont 23, Taylor 7) That’s the new ST30 in a nutshell. Bit of air from Gayakwad and Taylor is down the track, extending the arms into a drive and beating mid on and mid off, who are up in the circle. When mid on is dropped back, she punches the single to give Beaumont a go, cutting behind point. It was her first scoring shot in 16 balls…
13th over: England 52-1 (Beaumont 19, Taylor 4) Fifty up with a wide as Deepti Sharma tries to tempt Taylor with some width. She’s a great in waiting, is Sharma. She’s not quite set the tournament alight with her batting, aside from a 78 against Sri Lanka, but she’s gone a handy job with the ball.
12th over: England 49-1 (Beaumont 19, Taylor 3) Out walks Sarah Taylor and up sit a few journalists in this press box. What a story this would be: returning from a year out of the game – a break which she thought might be permanent – and unfurling a masterclass in a home final. Quills at the ready…
WICKET! Winfield b Gayakward 24 (England 47-1)
A dab around the corner too many? Gayakwd, this time from over the wicket, cramps Winfield for room, yet the right-hander still insists on trying to create an angle and ends up being bowled around her legs!
11th over: England 47-0 (Winfield 24, Beaumont 19)
This, by the way, is a reference to the adage that three maidens in a row bring a wicket. And we were oh so close till Winfield clipped the third ball of off-spinner Deepti Sharma for two into backward square leg.
10th over: England 43-0 (Winfield 22, Beaumont 19) The Power Play ends with two consecutive maidens (remember that bit earlier about one too many dot balls in the opening 10?). Nevertheless, 43 for no loss is an improvement for these two.
9th over: England 43-0 (Winfield 22, Beaumont 19) OUT! No… Winfield survives! Goswami looks to have pinned Winfield in front. And the umpire thinks so too, taking a moment before sending the right-hander on her way. The great Vic Marks, sat to my right, reckoned that was hitting leg. However, Hawkeye shows it to be continuing its path just wide of the stump. Finally, after a host of starts, is that the bit of luck Winfield needs to finally register a score of note? A second consecutive maiden for Goswami.
8th over: England 42-0 (Beaumont 19, Winfield 22) Change of bowling as the slow left-arm of Rajeshwari Gayakward comes on to replace Pandey from the Pavilion End. A “New England” clinic follows. Rather than pat back in front of square, Winfield drops to one knee and tickles a couple around the corner for four. Used her initiative brilliantly, there, which is hard for most, let alone a player who has come into a World Cup final with little by way of form.
7th over: England 30-0 (Beaumont 19, Winfield 10)
Our first maiden of the innings. Respectful from these two, as Goswami tightens them up. A few who know better – can’t move for ex-pros in this box (I’ve got two former England internationals to my right) – say that these bowlers should swap ends.
6th over: England 30-0 (Beaumont 19, Winfield 10) Consecutive fours from Beaumont – the first lashed through point; the second caressed – brings the heartiest cheers of the day. The sort that can be heard outside. Literally, Jamie:
5th over: England 21-0 (Winfield 10, Beaumont 10) Smarter from Beaumont and Winfield. One of the areas that women’s cricket needs to work on is manouervering singles in the only 10-overs, with only two outside of the circle. Two singles and a two in that over see four scored with little fuss. Worth knocking it about while Goswami and Pandey struggle to find the right lines.
4th over: England 17-0 (Beaumont 9, Winfield 7) Tidier from Pandey, who thinks she’s taken for four by Winfield only for point to pull out a fine stop.
The current scene. Keep everything crossed that this holds, you good souls:
3rd over: England 15-0 (Winfield 6, Beaumont 9) Goswami’s not getting great carry through to the keeper, but she is offering width. When one does get up enough, Beaumont – no higher than your knee – gets hold of a cut enough to beat point for four.
2nd over: England 11-0 (Winfield 6, Beaumont 5) Shikha Pandey, as per, runs in from the Pavilion End and Winfield takes one off her pads through square leg for her and England’s first boundary. There shouldn’t be a second, but some slack fielding at mid on – proper Tower Bridge effort – gives Beaumont one, too. Again – the noise. Incredible.
A good morning to Steven Cooper: “What a stunning match on Thursday. People will be talking about Harmanpreet Kaur’s knock for a long time.” Thankfully, she’s overcome a shoulder injury to make today’s XI.
“I thought Australia did well to get so close in the end. India are probably going to have to produce a similar level of performance today to take anything from this match, particularly after losing the toss. The tournament has been a real boost for women’s cricket. I’m supporting India, but hoping for a competitive match with both teams at their best.”
1st over: England 1-0 (Winfield 1, Beaumont 0) Jhulan Goswami, leading ODI wicket-taker, in her last World Cup, gets us underway from the Nursery End. Lauren Winfield, one part of the Bash ‘Em sisters, lets the first ball go by. The roars are over the top. It’s just a dot ball, lads and lasses. I don’t think they care. A single to third man and England, the crowd and this match are underway…
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Eileen Whelan was given the honour of ringing the bell for the start of play. She played for England, Middlesex and the Civil Service. She says the two things that keep her fit are yoga and wine. She’s 105. There’s a lesson for all of us…
ENGLAND WIN THE TOSS AND BAT FIRST
As expected, you’d say. England aren’t too hot on chasing – they managed to get away with it in the semi-final against South Africa – but setting and defending is what they do best. Both sides are unchanged from their respective semi-finals.
England: L Winfield, T Beaumont, S Taylor, H Knight, N Sciver, F Wilson, K Brunt, J Gunn, A Shrubsole, L Marsh, A Hartley
India: P Raut, S Mandhana, M Raj, H Kaur, D Sharma, V Krishnamurthy, S Pandey, S Verma, J Goswami, R Gayakwad, P Yadav
There’s a danger of overstating just how big a deal today is. And the last thing you’d want from a Guardian Over-by-Over blog is hyperbole (ahem). But walk with me, for a moment. Up until 1999, women weren’t allowed to be MCC members. So, you know, people like Rachel Heyhoe-Flint – the woman who came up with the idea for a World Cup (the women got their first, FYI) – Enid Bakewell and countless other trailblazers couldn’t set foot in the Pavilion on their own. Now, they’ll probably be on the sauce an hour into this match and get royally tanked. As they should.
This day has been a long time coming. Alex Hartley, who played four seasons for Middlesex Women has never played on this pitch. She’s never even used the Nursery Ground to turn her arm over (it pelted it down all day yesterday). The brilliant thing was seeing the number of girls and boys accompanying their parents to Lord’s. For some, it’ll be their first experience of this ground, let alone women’s cricket. Never mind women’s cricket, opening Lord’s to so many more (£30 for your most expensive ticket is good going).
The toss is due any minute now…
Vithushan will be here soon enough. In the meantime, here’s a scene-setter for a momentous day for women’s cricket:
An England win could kickstart a new generation of players in this country. Success for India could see funding go through the roof as the BCCI look to build on its success with initiatives such as a women’s IPL. Regardless of what Raj has done and what Knight will do, this 2017 World Cup final is the most important match of their careers.
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