Eng eye double over NZ
England will look to win their second major trophy against New Zealand in a matter of months when they face the White Ferns in the women's Twenty20 final at Lord's on Sunday.
The match will be a repeat of the 50-over World Cup final which England won by four wickets in Sydney in March.
England won through to Sunday's final by beating old rivals Australia by eight wickets at the Oval on Friday when, after chasing an imposing 164 to win, they finished on 165 for two - the highest total of the tournament.
Claire Taylor (76 not out) and Beth Morgan (46 not out) shared an unbroken stand of 122 that saw the hosts home with three balls to spare.
It was a win made all the sweeter for England captain Charlotte Edwards following suggestions from the New Zealand camp that the hosts had a "fragile" middle-order.
Edwards, looking ahead to her side's latest clash with the White Ferns, said: "We've played them a lot in the last year and we've won a lot of games.
"Seeing the way the girls batted today, I am sure they will be slightly worried now. They were reported as saying we've got a fragile middle-order but I hope we proved a few people wrong.
"They are going to have a hell of a lot to prove to us after losing out to us in Sydney so we are going to have to be at our very best on Sunday if we want to win that final.
"We're really confident now and we've got a huge incentive to win in a Lord's final," Edwards said.
"For us, the 50-over format was the ultimate prize but to win the Twenty20 now could mean the whole profile goes from strength to strength."
With the women's final taking place hours before the men's showpiece between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Edwards encouraged ticket-holders to get to Lord's early on Sunday.
"I know we have an early start but I'm hoping people will come out and watch," Edwards said. "You never know if people read their tickets and realise we're on; it's an early start but we're hopeful people will get out of bed."
Defeated Australia skipper Karen Rolton, who is stepping down as captain, added: "To England's credit they batted really well with that partnership and that won them the game.
"I'm very disappointed and I would have loved to finish (as captain) playing in the final at Lord's but today we weren't quite good enough."