Today we talk about 1988 Womens Cricket World Cup. By 1988 with the phenomenon of Women’s Cricket taking shape, the world of sports had opened up avenues never before witnessed in the world of sports by women. The 1988 Womens Cricket World Cup was the fourth edition of the tournament and It was held in Australia between 29th November and 18th December.
The flagship event of Women’s Cricket was organized by the International Cricket Council for Women and following are a few snippets from one of the most significant cricketing events of the millennium for Women.
- The 1988 Womens Cricket World Cup was held in Australia, the team that had emerged champions the majority of the time and had built their claim as the most dominant team in Women’s Cricket. With their third world cup win this time, Australia truly asserted themselves to be called the greatest Women’s cricket team ever. They defeated England in the final.
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- The five participating teams in the 1988 Womens Cricket World Cup were hosts Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, and the Netherlands. This was the first time that Ireland and the Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team were being represented at the global stage. They had progressed through the qualifiers and earned themselves a berth as the participants of the World Cup.
- India was invited to become a part of the Women’s World Cup. However, owing to the lack of sponsorship rights and the necessary funds required for enlisting in the 1988 Womens Cricket World Cup, India was unable to participate and was left begging for the chance to get represented in the grandest sporting event of them all.
- Australia dominated the competition throughout, a fact which was evident from their even representation of players in the list of the highest run-scorer and highest wicket-takers. Lindsay Reeler of Australia was the highest run-scorer in the 1988 Womens Cricket World Cup scoring a whopping 448 runs in 9 matches at a staggering average of 143.33 with the highest score of 143.
- Following her in the list were Debbie Hockley of New Zealand with 446 runs in 9 matches at an average of 63.71 and the highest score of 90, Nicki Turner of New Zealand with 342 runs in 8 innings at an average of 42.75 and the highest score of 114, Carole Hodges of England with 336 runs in 9 matches at an average of 42.00 and the highest score of 91 and Ruth Buckstein of Australia with 289 runs in 7 matches at an average of 57.80 and the highest score of 105.
- The highest wicket-takers list was also completely dominated by the Australians. Lyn Fallston of Australia led the charge with 16 wickets in 86. 1 overs bowled at an average of 11.87 and a Strike Rate of 32.31. Following her on the list were bowlers like Karen Brown of Australia and Carole Hodges of England.
- They both picked up 12 wickets, bowling approximately 87.00 and 83.00 overs respectively at an average of 10.83 and 16.08 and a strike rate of 43.50 and 41.50. The last two names in the top 5 list were that of Sharon Tredrea of Australia with 11 wickets in 90 overs at an average of 13.27 and a Strike Rate of 49.09 and Brigit Legg of New Zealand with 11 wickets at an average of 14.36 and a Strike Rate of 54.72.
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- Carole Hodges was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in 1988 Womens Cricket World Cup for her incredible performance with both the bat and the ball. She received a Waterford Crystal trophy valued at A$4000 donated by the Irish firm, R&A Bailey. Australia defeated England in the 1988 Womens Cricket World Cup final with their impressive performances.
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