Women's Cricket World Cup

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ICC Women's Cricket World Cup
Administrator International Cricket Council
Format ODI
First tournament England 1973
Number of teams (see list below)
Current champion  England (4th title)
Most successful  Australia (6 titles)
Most runs New Zealand Debbie Hockley (1,501)
Most wickets Australia Lyn Fullston (39)

The ICC Women's Cricket World Cup is the oldest and most prestigious international women's cricket tournament.

The Women's World Cup is currently organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Until 2005, when the two organisations merged, it was administered by a separate body, the International Women's Cricket Council (IWCC). The first World Cup was held in England in 1973, two years before the inaugural men's tournament. The event's early years were marked by funding difficulties, which meant several teams had to decline invitations to compete and caused gaps of up to six years between tournaments. However, since 2005 World Cups have been hosted at regular four-year intervals.

The eleven World Cups played to date have been held in five different countries, with India and England having hosted the event three times. The number of teams has been fixed at eight since the 2000 event, with the preceding tournament in 1997 having been contested by a record eleven teams, the most to date. Australia are the most successful team, having won six titles and failed to make the final on only three occasions. England (four titles) and New Zealand (one title) are the only other teams to have won the event, while India (twice) and the West Indies (once) have each reached the final without going on to win.

History[edit]

First World Cup[edit]

Women's international cricket was first played in 1934, when a party from England toured Australia and New Zealand. The first Test match was played on 28–31 December 1934, and was won by England.[1] The first Test against New Zealand followed early the following year. These three nations remained the only Test playing teams in women's cricket until 1960, when South Africa played a number of matches against England.[1] Limited overs cricket was first played by first-class teams in England in 1962.[2] Nine years later, the first international one day match was played in men's cricket, when England took on Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.[3]

Talks began in 1987 about holding a World Cup for women's cricket, led by Jack Hayward.Heyhoe Flint & Rheinberg (1976), p. 168.</ref> South Africa, under pressure from the world for their apartheid laws, were not invited to take part in the competition.[4] Both of the other two Test playing nations, Australia and New Zealand were invited. Hayward had previously organised tours of the West Indies by England women, and it was from this region that the other two competing nations were drawn; Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. To make up the numbers, England also fielded a "Young England" team, and an "International XI" was also included.[5] Five South Africans were invited to play for the International XI as a means of compensation for the team not being invited, but these invitations were later withdrawn.[4]

The inaugural tournament was held at a variety of venues across Australia in June and July 1988,[6] two years before the first men's Cricket World Cup was played.[7] The competition was played as a round-robin tournament, and the last scheduled match was England against Australia. Australia went into the game leading the table by a solitary point: they had won four matches and had one abandoned. England had also won four matches, but they had lost to New Zealand.[6][8] As a result, the match also served as a de facto final for the competition. England won the match, held at Edgbaston, Birmingham by 92 runs to win the tournament.[9]

Second World Cup (1978)[edit]

Tournament history[edit]

Year Host(s) Final venue Result
Winner Margin Runner-up
1988  Australia Melbourne  Australia
129/2 (44.5 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
scorecard
 England
127/7 (60 overs)
1993  England London  England
195/5 (60 overs)
England won by 67 runs
scorecard
 New Zealand
128 (55.1 overs)
1997  India Kolkata  Australia
165/5 (47.4 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
scorecard
 New Zealand
164 (49.3 overs)
2000  New Zealand Lincoln  New Zealand
184 (48.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 runs
scorecard
 Australia
180 (49.1 overs)
2005  South Africa Centurion  Australia
215/4 (50 overs)
Australia won by 98 runs
scorecard
 India
117 (46 overs)
2009  Australia Sydney  England
167/6 (46.1 overs)
England won by 4 wickets
scorecard
 New Zealand
166 (47.2 overs)
2013  India Mumbai  Australia
259/7 (50 overs)
Australia won by 114 runs
scorecard
 West Indies
145 (43.1 overs)
2017  England London  England
228/7 (50 overs)
England won by 9 runs
scorecard
 India
219 (48.4 overs)
2021  New Zealand

Results[edit]

Thirteen nations have qualified for the Women's Cricket World Cup at least once (excluding qualification tournaments). Five teams have competed in every finals tournament, three of which have won the title.

  • Two teams from England in the first Women's Cricket World Cup.

Teams' performances[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • SF – Losing semi-finalist (no third-place playoff)
  • QF – Losing quarter-finalist (no further playoffs)
  •     — Hosts
Team Australia
1988
(5)
England
1993
(8)
India
1997
(11)
New Zealand
2000
(8)
South Africa
2005
(8)
Australia
2009
(8)
India
2013
(8)
England
2017
(8)
Total
 Australia 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 4th 1st SF 11
 Denmark 7th 9th 2
 England 2nd 1st SF 5th SF 1st 3rd 1st 11
 India 4th SF SF 2nd 3rd 7th 2nd 9
 Ireland 4th 5th QF 7th 8th 5
 Netherlands 5th 8th QF 8th 4
 New Zealand 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st SF 2nd 4th 5th 11
 Pakistan 11th 5th 8th 8th 4
 South Africa QF SF 6th 7th 6th SF 6
 Sri Lanka QF 6th 7th 8th 5th 7th 6
 West Indies 6th 10th 5th 6th 2nd 6th 6

Debutant teams[edit]

Year Teams
1988  Ireland,  Netherlands
1993  Denmark,  West Indies
1997  Pakistan,  South Africa,  Sri Lanka
2000 none
2005 none
2009 none
2013 none
2017 none

No longer exists.

Overview[edit]

The table below provides an overview of the performances of teams over past World Cups, as of the end of group stage of the 2017 tournament. Teams are sorted by best performance, then by appearances, total number of wins, total number of games, and alphabetical order respectively.

Appearances Statistics
Team Total First Latest Best result Mat. Won Lost Tie NR Win%*
 Australia 11 1973 2017 Champions (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013) 84 70 11 1 2 85.47
 England 11 1973 2017 Champions (1973, 1993, 2009, 2017) 83 57 23 2 1 75.04
 New Zealand 11 1973 2017 Champions (2000) 80 51 26 2 1 65.82
 India 9 1978 2017 Runners-up (2005, 2017) 63 34 27 1 1 55.64
 West Indies 6 1993 2017 Runners-up (2013) 38 13 24 0 1 35.13
 South Africa 6 1997 2017 Semi-finals (2000, 2017) 38 15 22 0 3 40.54
 Pakistan 4 1997 2017 Super Six (2009) 23 2 21 0 0 08.69
 Sri Lanka 6 1997 2017 Quarter-finals (1997) 35 8 26 0 1 23.52
 Ireland 5 1988 2005 Quarter-finals (1997) 34 7 26 0 1 21.21
 Netherlands 4 1988 2000 Quarter-finals (1997) 26 2 24 0 0 07.69
 Denmark 2 1993 1997 First Round (1993, 1997) 13 2 11 0 0 15.38
  • The Win percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win.

No longer exists.

Awards[edit]

Player of the Tournament[edit]

Year Player Performance details
1988 England Carole Hodges 336 Runs/12 Wickets
1993
1997
2000 Australia Lisa Keightley 375 Runs
2005 Australia Karen Rolton 246 Runs
2009 England Claire Taylor 324 Runs
2013 New Zealand Suzie Bates 407 Runs
2017 England Tammy Beaumont 410 Runs

Player of the Final[edit]

Year Player Performance details
1988
1993 England Jo Chamberlain 38 (33) / 1/28 (9)
1997 New Zealand Debbie Hockley 79 (121)
2000 Australia Belinda Clark 91 (102)
2005 Australia Karen Rolton 107* (128)
2009 England Nicky Shaw 4/34 (8.2)
2013 Australia Jess Cameron 75 (76)
2017 England Anya Shrubsole 6/46 (9.4)

Tournament records[edit]

World Cup records
Batting
Most runs Debbie Hockley  New Zealand 1,501 1982–2000 [10]
Highest average (min. 10 innings) Karen Rolton  Australia 74.92 1997–2009 [11]
Highest score Belinda Clark  Australia 229 * 1997 [12]
Highest partnership Tammy Beaumont & Sarah Taylor  England 275 2017 [13]
Most runs in a tournament Debbie Hockley  New Zealand 456 1997 [14]
Bowling
Most wickets Lyn Fullston  Australia 39 1982–1988 [15]
Lowest average (min. 500 balls bowled) Katrina Keenan  New Zealand 9.72 1997–2000 [16]
Best bowling figures Jackie Lord  New Zealand 6/10 1982 [17]
Most wickets in a tournament Lyn Fullston  Australia 23 1982 [18]
Fielding
Most dismissals (wicket-keeper) Jane Smit  England 40 1993–2005 [19]
Most catches (fielder) Janette Brittin  England 19 1982–1997 [20]
Team
Highest score  Australia (v Denmark) 412/3 1997 [21]
Lowest score  Pakistan (v Australia) 27 1997 [22]
Highest win %  Australia 85.97 [23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Heyhoe Flint & Rheinberg (1976), pp. 175–180.
  2. ^ Williamson, Martin (9 April 2011). "The low-key birth of one-day cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Williamson, Martin (22 June 2010). "The birth of the one-day international". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "World Cups 1926–1997". Women's Cricket History. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Heyhoe Flint & Rheinberg (1976), p. 168.
  6. ^ a b "Women's World Cup, 1973 / Results". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Baker, Andrew (20 March 2009). "England women's cricketers aiming to lift World Cup for third time". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Women's World Cup 1988 Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "21st Match: England Women v Australia Women at Melbourne, Jul 28, 1988". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Highest averages". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Highest partnerships by runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Most runs in a series". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Women's World Cup / Best averages". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Best bowling figures in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Most wickets in a series". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Most dismissals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Most catches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Lowest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Records / Women's World Cup / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 

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