Healy’s record-breaking knock ensures green and gold glory

AUSTRALIA is champion of the world yet again, after defeating old foe England by 71 runs in the final of the Women’s 50 Over Cricket World Cup thanks to a record-breaking performance from opener Alyssa Healy.

The Australian wicket keeper smashed her way to 170 off 138 balls, breaking the highest individual score in a One Day International World Cup. She surpassed fellow keeper Adam Gilchrist‘s 2007 effort of 149. The Australian star received a standing ovation for her knock, which ultimately secured the victory for Australia.

Had it not been for Healy’s monster innings, then perhaps England batter Natalie Sciver‘s equally impressive outing of an unbeaten 148 would have earned even more praise. But as it happened, the Australians stood tall and cruised to the victory.

The English actually sent the Aussies into bat, but it proved a more fruitful decisions for the Australians after Healy and fellow opener Rachel Haynes put on a 160-run opening stance. Then Healy and Beth Mooney put on a 156-run partnership to make things exceptionally difficult for the English.

The Australians ultimately finished on 5/356 off their 50 overs. Alongside Healy’s 170, Haynes made 68 and Mooney made 62.

Meanwhile for the English, Anya Shrubsole took three wickets, while Sophie Ecclestone took one. The English chase did not get off to a good start when they lost Danielle Wyatt for four to find themselves at 1/12 in the third over. They just kept losing too many wickets too regularly, and by the time the 30 over mark came up they were already 6/191.

Throughout all of this carnage though, one player stood tall for the English, and it was Sciver. She came in halfway through the seventh over, and was the linchpin of the rest of the English innings. Sciver made 148 not out, while the rest of her teammates fell around her. She may have made 148, but the rest of her teammates made 137 combined.

In the end, England was bowled out for 285 in the 44th over, handing the Australians the win.

This is Australia’s seventh World Cup title and furthers proves why the Aussies are number one in the world. The win also caps off a brilliant tournament from the Australians, who went through the entire tournament undefeated and were the team to beat.

Healy capped off her tournament with an unsurprising Player of the Match award, as well as Player of the Tournament, having made 509 runs, the most of any player. As England great Nasser Hussain put it in commentary, the Australian team is “probably the greatest women’s cricket side we have ever seen”.

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