Today we talk about 2000 Womens Cricket World Cup. The millennium had begun with the evolution of women’s cricket into a global phenomenon for Women sports in the world with more and more women getting attracted to the sport in the world as well as the country. There were numerous instances when we saw clear glimpses that cricket as a sport for Women was progressing vigorously and had occupied a major space in the heart of the sports lovers.
2000 Womens Cricket World Cup was the seventh edition of the tournament and the following are a few important details that can be identified about the tournament.
- This was the second time that the tournament was being hosted by New Zealand since they were previously the hosting country of this particular event when the format for the matches comprised of 60 overs a side games.
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- Eight teams participated in the 2000 Womens Cricket World Cup . The teams were host New Zealand, Australia, India, South Africa, England, Irelands, and the Netherlands. Among the participating teams, only Australia and England had previously held the championship prior as Australia were coming in as four-time world champions while England had held the trophy twice.
- The 2000 Womens Cricket World Cup was dominated by players from Australia and New Zealand as they were the two finalists. Australia was defeated by New Zealand in the final who won the match by a margin of 4 runs. India and South Africa were the other two losing semi-finalists.
- Karen Rolton from Australia was the highest run-scorer in the 2000 Womens Cricket World Cup with 393 runs in 7 matches at an average of 131.00 and the highest score of 154. Following her were Lisa Keightley and Belinda Clark from Australia. They scored 375 runs from 8 matches and 351 from 9 matches respectively. Their batting averages were 75.00 and 58.50 respectively. Their highest scores too were 91 and 91 respectively.
- The last two spots in the top five run-scorers list were occupied by Emily Drumm from New Zealand who scored 339 runs from 7 matches. She scored the runs at an average of 67.80 with the highest score of 108. The other one on the list was Anna Smith from New Zealand with 308 runs in 8 matches at an average of 51.33 and the highest score of 91.
- Charmaine Mason of Australia was the highest wicket-taker of the 2000 Womens Cricket World Cup with 17 wickets from 69.3 overs at an average of 10.76 and a strike rate of 24.5. She had an incredible economy rate of 2.63 with the best bowling figures of 3/20.
- The next best bowling figures were that of Clare Taylor of England with 14 wickets from 64 overs. Her bowling average was 10.85 and a strike rate of 27.4. Her economy rate was 2.37 and her best bowling figures were that of 4/25.
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- Avril Fahey of Australia and Katrina Keenan of New Zealand were third and fourth on the lists. Avril picked up 13 wickets from 45 overs at an average of 11.76 and a strike rate of 20.7. Her economy rate was 3.40 and her best bowling figures were 3/11. Katrina picked up 12 wickets from 69 overs with a bowling average of 10.66 and a strike rate of 10.66 as well. Her economy rate was a miserly 1.85 and her best bowling figures were 3/16.
- The last name on the top 5 list was that of Cathryn Fitzpatrick with 11 wickets from 84.4 overs. The firebrand fast bowler had an average of 26.09 and a strike rate of 46.1. Her economy rate was 3.38 with the best bowling figures of 3/22.
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