1988 Women's Cricket World Cup

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The 1988 Women's Cricket World Cup was won by Australia who beat England by 8 wickets in a low scoring final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 18 December 1988. The match was watched by 3,000 people and was only the second time that women's cricket had been played at the ground – the first had been in 1949.[1]

New Zealand Women beat Ireland by 70 runs in the 3rd/4th place play-off. The only other team in the tournament, the Netherlands, did not qualify for the finals, losing all eight of their matches, including being dismissed for 29 in their opening match against Australia.[2]

The tournament ran from 29 November with matches held around Australia in Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Melbourne.[3]

Lindsay Reeler and Ruth Buckstein of Australia both scored two centuries in the tournament while New Zealand's Nicki Turner scored one. Lyn Fullston took the only five wicket haul, taking 5 for 28 for Australia against the Netherlands.

New Zealand recorded the highest total, 297 against the Netherlands, who were themselves bowled out for just 29 against Australia.


  1. ^ "Women's Cricket, World Cup 1988-89". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1990 ed.). Wisden. pp. p1138–1141. ISBN 0-947766-14-6. 
  2. ^ "Women's World Cup History - Australia 1988". www.cricketworld.com. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 19 July 2007.