CHARLOTTE Edwards lifted the World Cup as she captained England Ladies cricket team to victory against New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday. England dismissed the Kiwis for 166 in 47.2 overs in the final to bring the World Cup back to England for the first t

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23:  England captain Charlotte Edwards poses with the ICC Women's World Cup 2009 trophy at the Opera House overlooking Sydney Harbour on March 22, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE Edwards lifted the World Cup as she captained England Ladies cricket team to victory against New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday.

England dismissed the Kiwis for 166 in 47.2 overs in the final to bring the World Cup back to England for the first time since 1993.

Pidley woman Edwards, 29, managed 10 runs and was one of three England cricketers to fall to Lucy Doolan, who claimed 3-23.

Nicki Shaw turned out to be the unlikely hero for England, claiming 4-34 as England beat the White Ferns to win the World Cup for the first time on foreign soil.

Edwards was delighted with the victory to finally win the World Cup at her fourth attempt. "This is amazing. We have worked so hard to achieve what we did here today and I am so proud of all the girls," she said.

"I am almost lost for words; this is what I have dreamed of since I was a little girl and for it to happen is fantastic. I've been to four World Cups, so to finally win one is just incredible.