Today we talk about 1993 Womens Cricket World Cup. 1993 was the fifth edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup and was being hosted by England for the second time. The flagship women’s cricket spectacle had drawn a lot of appreciation from the general public for its extensive advertising campaign and the lucrative television campaigns that it had sponsored thus encouraging everyone to watch the event and enjoy it to the fullest.
Following are a few important bit of statistics from the 1993 Womens Cricket World Cup-
- The 1993 Womens Cricket World Cup had the highest number of participating teams in the form of 8. The eight participating teams included 5 from the ones who had previously been part of the competition like Australia, New Zealand, England, Netherlands, and Ireland. The other three participating teams were India, West Indies, and Denmark.
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- Denmark and the West Indies were making their debut in the competition. Although the West Indies had previously had the opportunity of representing themselves in the Women’s Cricket World Cup. However, they withdrew from that particular edition due to the political struggles in the apartheid era which were taking place in their country then.
- England the eventual champions dominated the 1993 Womens Cricket World Cup with exceptional performances in the batting and bowling department. Jin Brittin of England was the highest run-scorer with 410 runs from 8 innings with an average of 51.25 and the highest score of 104. Following her in the pursuit were players like Carole Hodges from England, the Player of the Tournament in the previous edition of the World Cup, and Helen Plimmer from England as well.
- They scored 334 runs from 8 innings at an average of 47.71 with the highest score of 113 and 242 runs from 7 innings at an average of 34.57 and the highest score of 118. The last two spots on the top 5 ladder were occupied by Sandhya Agarwal from India who scored 229 runs from 7 innings at an average of 45.80 and the highest score of 58* and Debbie Hockley of New Zealand who scored 229 runs from 8 innings at an average of 45.80 and the highest score of 53*.
- The wicket-takers list was also dominated by the England speedsters and spinners respectively. Karen Smithies from England was the highest wicket-taker in 1993 Womens Cricket World Cup with 15 wickets from 77 overs at an average of 7.93 and a staggering strike rate of 30.80.
- Following her was Julie Harris from New Zealand with 15 wickets in 77.3 overs at an average of 9.33 and a strike rate of 31.00 and Gillian Smith of England with 14 wickets from 58.2 overs at an average of 9.50 and a strike rate of 25.00. The next two names were that of Diana Edulji and Clare Taylor from India and England respectively. They picked up 14 wickets from 75.3 and 87.5 overs at an average of 10.35 and 11.42 and a strike rate of 32.35 and 37.64 respectively.
- England defeated New Zealand in the 1993 Womens Cricket World Cup final which was played at the Lords Cricket Grounds. The winner’s trophy was handed over by the then Prime Minister of England. Jo Chamberlain was adjudged the Player of the Match for her incredible performance contributing with both the bat and the ball.
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Thus the 1993 Womens Cricket World Cup paved the way for future Australian and England Women Cricketers who aspired to represent their country on the grandest stage and win glory. This World Cup Win inspired generations of England cricketers to come and stamp their authority over Women’s cricket.
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