Nat Sciver’s heroism isn’t enough as England are beaten in the Women’s Cricket World Cup final


Sciver’s incredible century for England was ultimately not enough to successfully defend their Women’s Cricket World Cup final trophy on Sunday.

Australia clinched their seventh World Cup title after Alyssa Healy led an explosive batting performance with a stunning 175 to leave England with a goal of 357.

In response, the 2017 champion continued to lose wickets as Sciver blasted his way into a mammoth chase by smashing 148 off 121 balls.

However, they missed 71 runs at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch after being knocked out in 43.4 overs.

After being batted by England in the draw, Healy clubbed a furious 170, four days after breaking 129 in the semi-final against West Indies.

Healy anchored 100-run partnerships with fellow flyhalf Rachael Haynes (68) and number three Beth Mooney (62) before finally being stumped by Amy Jones off seamstress Anya Shrubsole.

Healy rose to a standing ovation at 316 for two, having again improved his record as the ultimate big-game performer, two years after scoring a 39-75 in the T20 World Cup final 2020 against India.

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Additional Reuters reporting.

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