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23 March 2009 - PR 09/36

Loughborough trio star in World Cup Final win

Three players from the Loughborough fold – Nicky Shaw, Laura Marsh and Lydia Greenway – helped England’s women’s cricket team to a four-wicket win over New Zealand in the World Cup final this weekend.

27-year-old all-rounder Shaw – who graduated from the University in 2007 with a degree in Criminology and Social Policy, and is now the University Centre of Cricket Excellence’s assistant coach – was also named Player of the Match.

Shaw had not been in the England XI starting line up, but was brought in following the withdrawal of fast bowler Jenny Gunn. She got England off to a great start, taking four wickets for 34 in nine overs. Then, as New Zealand threatened England’s World Cup chances midway through the chase, Shaw hit three boundaries late on to push England past their target of 167, helping them to their first World Cup title since 1993.

Sports Science with Management student Laura Marsh also took two wickets during the match, ending up as the tournament’s top wicket taker, while Lydia Greenway, a Loughborough graduate, scored 8 in the final.

The win was a fitting end to the tournament, which England dominated from start to finish, losing only one match (a dead rubber to Australia) along the way. The women’s team have now won the World Cup title three times in the competition’s 36-year history, eclipsing the men who are yet to taste success in the competition.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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