SYDNEY - Dual international Ellyse Perry added another glorious chapter to a stellar sporting career as her gutsy bowling effort spearheaded Australia's charge to a sixth women's Cricket World Cup title in Mumbai, India.
Australia scored 7-259 after winning the toss and dismissed West Indies for 144 in the 44th over.
Pace bowler Perry (3-19 off 10 overs) ripped through the top order, taking 3-2 in a 10-ball spell.
Perry,who missed Australia's last three games through illness and injury, also delivered with the bat.
She combined with captain Jodie Fields in an unbroken stand of 50 off 40 balls, that boosted the side from a parlous position of 7-209, after the Southern Stars lost 4-28.
Hard-hitting Victorian Jess Cameron (75 off 76) again proved she was a big occasion player after topscoring in Australia's World T20 final win last October.
Openers Meg Lanning (31 off 41) and Rachael Haynes (52 off 74) set the platform with a stand of 52 off 10 overs. Perry and allrounder Sarah Coyte were recalled to the Australian side after recovering from injury, replacing 17-year-old speedster Holly Ferling and Renee Chappell.
Drama enveloped Perry even before she bowled her first delivery.
Twice she pulled out before reaching the crease, sending a shiver through Australian supporters, who feared the ankle injury that kept her out of the last two games had not healed.