England World Cup winner Tammy Beaumont says now is the time for women's cricket

Opener Beaumont hit 410 runs to finish as the tournament's leading run-scorer, with England overcoming India by nine runs in a thrilling final at Lord's to capture a fourth World Cup.

Team-mate Alex Hartley described it as "the best day of my life" and Beaumont hopes to see an increase in participation as a result.

"There has never been a better time to start playing women's cricket and young girls out there - it's a great sport to get involved in and there are great opportunities," Beaumont said on BBC One's Breakfast programme.

Beaumont also hailed the final as a celebration of women's cricket, after 105-year-old Eileen Ash, the oldest living England women cricketer, rang the Lord's bell at the start of play.

"I think I had goosebumps the entire day," she added. "It was a massive celebration, we had Eileen Ash ringing the bell and it was just a real honour - all of the women that have gone before us, they were so proud of us, it was amazing."

  Tammy Beaumont (left) hopes England's World Cup win will inspire more girls to take up cricket
Tammy Beaumont (left) hopes England's World Cup win will inspire more girls to take up cricket