Southern Stars crowned world champions

A match winning half-century from Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit run-machine Jess Cameron has guided Australia to its sixth World Cup title.

Having been named Player of the Final for her 75 from 76 balls against the West Indies, Cameron, who also achieved the feat against England at the World Twenty20 in September, becomes the first cricketer, male or female, to win two Player of the Final awards, let alone in successive tournaments.

Carving out her own slice of history, the 23-year-old was at her brutal best during last night's 114-run victory in India, hammering the spin-dominated West Indies attack with eight boundaries and two sixes.

"I knew with the batting style that I have it would come off," Cameron said.

"I didn't feel any pressure and I think that help me.

"From 2009 to where we are today, the amount of effort... that Cricket Australia has put into our program has been amazing and now, you know, it really shows and hopefully we can continue the good form and win a few more.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, the Southern Stars received a flyer courtesy of Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes as the pair put on a 52-run opening stand inside 10 overs.

Lanning, in particular, was savage on anything that was bowled back of a length, slamming six boundaries en route to 31 from 41 deliveries before falling as she attempted to push the tempo.

The opener's departure paved the way for her VicSpirit teammate to stride to the crease, and after a watchful beginning, Cameron partnered Haynes (52) to a 64-run partnership as they paced the Southern Stars' innings perfectly.

Having posted her half-century, Haynes played a rash shot, trying to hoik a ball that wasn't there, but there would be no denying Cameron.

Seizing on a free hit, she clubbed the first six of the Final over mid-wicket before bringing up her own half-century with another straight down the ground.

Eyeing a maiden one-day international century, the Southern Stars appeared set for a total of 300 or more while Cameron was at the crease before a rank full toss proved her undoing in the deep.

Cameron's demise sparked a collapse of 4-28 before captain Jodie Fields (36 not out) and all-rounder Elyse Perry (25 not out) rescued proceedings with an unbeaten 50-run partnership from 40 balls to post 7-259.

Despite struggling with an ankle injury, Perry then struck with the ball as she obliterated the West Indies top-order to claim 3-19 from her 10 overs.

Veteran Lisa Sthalekar proved the perfect foil as she snared 2-20 from her 10, while Megan Schutt (2-38) struck twice to finish as the tournament's leading wicket taker with 15.

Erin Osborne claimed 2-26 before VicSpirit quick Julie Hunter (1-18) sparked pandemonium with the final wicket of the match as the Southern Stars were crowned world champions.

The West Indies dismissed for 145 in the 44th over.

To see a full scorecard from the World Cup final, click here.


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