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#OTD in 2009: England emerged as the winner of the first-ever Women's T20 World Cup

On this day in 2009, England secured a clinical victory over the New Zealand team to clinch the first-ever edition of the Women's T20 World Cup. 

The tournament was played from 11 to 21 June 2009, and the group matches took place at Taunton. Trent Bridge and The Oval hosted the semi-finals, while Lord's was the host for the grand finale. 

Both the teams topped their respective group points table with victories in all three matches. 

In the semi-finals, England chased down the target of 164 and beat Australia by eight wickets. On the other hand, New Zealand dominated India to win by 52 runs to reach the Finals. 

England won the toss and elected to field first and had a terrific start to the match. 

The Kiwi team were reeling at 23/4 in the first eight overs, with Katherine Brunt picking up three wickets and Laura Marsh picking a single wicket. 

The excellent bowling and mistimed shots had paved the way for New Zealand to have such a horrid start to an all-important fixture. Brunt finished with the figures of 3/6 in four overs. 

Nicky Shaw and Jess Gunn kept up the pressure and picked up two wickets each, and the Kiwi team was dismissed for a score of 85 runs.

In reply, England had a stable start, despite losing captain Charlotte Edwards (9) in the powerplay. Sarah Taylor and Claire Taylor hit boundaries in a consistent manner to steer the team out of a precarious situation.

Sarah made her way back to the pavilion for 23 off 33 balls. However, Claire was impactful with her knock of 39 off 32 balls to help the team in chasing down the score with three overs to spare. 

Brunt was named Player of the Match, while Claire was named Player of the Tournament for her contribution of 199 runs. 

This was the second time in three months that England's team prevailed over New Zealand, with the first one being the 50 over World Cup Final.