Today, we discuss a few facts about Womens Cricket World Cup 1973. When did this wave of popularity in women’s cricket start?- A question that has been quite pertinently asked in the media over the last years. Was it a Mithali Raj or a Jhulan Goswami who started a revolution, the torch of which is being carried by the likes of Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma?
Was it a Meg Lanning that ignited the fire in Ellyse Perry to become the best women’s cricketer in the world? Was it a Charlotte Edwards who revolutionized modern-day batting? Or was it a Stefani Taylor whose explosive batting style could only be compared to the greats of the yesteryear? If a tournament is to be identified as the start of a revolution called Women’s Cricket that would be the Womens Cricket World Cup 1973.
- This was the first 60 overs a side tournament of this stature organized for Women’s cricket. The overs at that point of time had not been curtailed to 50 overs as yet since the transition to limited-overs cricket was still taking place then.
- The Womens Cricket World Cup 1973 was hosted by England, many of whom consider it to be the Home of Cricket. It was a fitting climax that the place which would be the founding father of the men’s game would again be the instrument of change behind the women’s cricket as well.
- The tournament was a huge hit with record crowd appearance for women’s cricket. It was the brainchild of a famous British businessman, Sir Jack Hayward who later contributed a significant corpus of money to the entire Womens Cricket World Cup 1973. His funds went a long way in organizing the prize money of the tournament and also paying the England Cricket Association its dues for organizing stadium facilities for the tournament.
- The entire Womens Cricket World Cup 1973 was a run-fest with seven teams competing in a round-robin format, with the first two teams going on to play the final. England the hosts were joined by Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad, and Tobago, and Jamaica which was still recognized as one cricketing nation of the West Indies. To play alongside them were the teams of International XI and Young England.
- The five highest run-scorers for the Womens Cricket World Cup 1973 in chronological order were Enid Bakewell (England) -6 matches- 264 runs, Lynne Thomas (England)- 5 matches- 263 runs, Rachael Flint (England)- 6 matches- 257 runs, Jackie Potter (Australia)- 6 matches- 167 runs and Vivalyn Latty-Scott (Jamaica)- 5 matches- 167 runs.
- Top wicket-takers for the Womens Cricket World Cup 1973 included Mary Pilling (England)- 9 wickets, Nora St. Rose (Trinidad and Tobago)- 8 wickets, Tina Macpherson (Australia)- 9 wickets, June Stephenson (England)- 7 wickets, and Julia Greenwood (Young England)- 9 wickets.
- Australia were the runners up in the Womens Cricket World Cup 1973 with 5 wins finishing in the second position while England with 6 wins emerged as the inaugural champion of the tournament. In the final bolstered by a blistering hundred from one of their greatest cricketers ever, Enid Bakewell scoring a magnificent 118 guided her team to a mammoth 279-3 in their allotted 60 overs. Australia was never really a match for their English counterparts with their innings folding up for 187-9 in their allotted quota of 60 overs.
- The Prime Minister of the country was there to present the winner’s trophy and the associated medals to the players of both the winning and the losing team in the finale. Princess Anne also gave away awards during those moments. Enid Bakewell for her incredible run-scoring spree with the bat secured the Player of the Tournament award, an accolade that propelled her to an unachieved height of success in Women’s cricket.
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