Today we talk about 2009 Womens Cricket World Cup. The 2009 edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in Australia with eight participating teams. The tournament was an exhilarating one that laid the foundation for future superstars in cricket who would go on to dominate the sport much like their predecessors. India slowly gained a foothold over Women’s cricket and was certainly making their performances count and punching above their weight daily.
The eight teams that participated in the 2009 Womens Cricket World Cup included hosts Australia, New Zealand, England, India, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. Every team participating in the tournament displayed the immense talent that they possess and left a mark with their exceedingly impressive performances.
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England emerged as the champions in the 2009 Womens Cricket World Cup with New Zealand finishing as runners up. This was the third time that England won the Women’s Cricket World Cup. The English Women’s Cricket team completely dominated every opposition they played against, quite evident from the fact that they emerged as eventual champions and the best team of the tournament.
The teams were divided into two separate groups- A and B. New Zealand, Australia, and West Indies qualified from Group A while England, India, and Pakistan qualified from Group B. The six qualified teams met in the quarter-final, semi-final, and eventually to the 2009 Womens Cricket World Cup final where two teams met- New Zealand and England.
English players dominated the 2009 Womens Cricket World Cup and impressed with both the bat and ball. This was undoubtedly one of the most complete performances that the England Women’s Cricket team had ever delivered on the world stage. The highest run-scorer in the tournament was Claire Taylor with 324 runs under her belt. She was consistent throughout the tournament with scores in almost every game England played.
Laura Marsh from England as well emerged as the highest wicket-taker with 16 scalps. After the completion of the tournament, the best XI team of the tournament was created by the legendary Australian batswomen Belinda Clark who included the following players in the team according to their position and role-
- Opener- Suzie Bates, Shelly Nitschke
- Middle Order- Claire Taylor, Mithali Raj, Charlotte Edwards (Captain), Kate Pulford
- Wicket-Keeper- Sarah Taylor
- Bowlers- Amita Sharma, Katherine Brunt, Priyanka Roy, and Laura Marsh
- 12th Man- Sophie Devine.
The 2009 Womens Cricket World Cup was capped off by an excellent Finale in which England and New Zealand were the two qualified teams. In the final which was played on March 22, 2009, in Sydney Oval Cricket Ground, North Sydney, New Zealand batted first. They scored a meager 166 and got folded in a span of 47.2 overs. They couldn’t even complete their full quota of 50 overs.
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For New Zealand, Lucy Doolan chipped in with some very crucial runs as she scored a well made 48 from 57 balls. Nicki Shaw was the pick of the bowlers from the England side as she picked up 4 wickets giving away only 34 runs in 8.2 overs out of her quota of 10 overs. In reply, England chased down the target of 167 in a span of 46.1 overs with the loss of 6 wickets. Caroline Atkins from England anchored the run chase with a patient 40 from 85 balls.
Lucy Doolan was the star with the ball for New Zealand as well picking up 3 wickets giving away 23 runs in her quota of 10 overs and was the only player who tried to make a difference in the fortune of her team. The Umpires selected for the match were Steve Davies from Australia and Brian Jerling from JAF. Nicki Shaw from Australia was adjudged the Player of the Match for her incredible performance with the ball and stemming the run flow.
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