The 11th edition of the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017 has just come to an end, with hosts England winning the title for the 4th time, beating the resurgent Indian team by 9 runs in a closely fought contest at Lord’s. The Women’s World Cup goes back a long way, 40 years to be precise. Before going into the 10 Best Women’s Cricket World Cup Records, let’s take a look at the brief history of the tournament.
Brief History Of The Women’s World Cup
It all started off in the year 1973, two years prior to the inaugural Men’s tournament but talks of holding a World Event had begun in the year 1971 through Sir Jack Arnold Hayward, who was an English businessman, property developer, philanthropist and president of English Football Club, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Since that first tournament, which was held in England, ICC has gone on to host 10 more World Cups in a period of 44 years. As far as the winners are concerned, Australia tops the list with 6 titles (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005 and 2013), followed by England with 4 World Cups in their kitty (1973, 1993, 2009, 2017) and New Zealand getting their hands on the coveted trophy once in the year 2000. It’s time to dig deep and take you through some of the best records held in ICC Women’s World Cup till date
10. Most Runs
Debbie Hockley of New Zealand has the honour of scoring the most number of runs in the history of Women’s Cricket World Cup with 1501 runs in 40 appearances in a period of 1982-2000, with two centuries to her credit. She got the Player Of The Match Award in the 1997 World Cup Final which Australia won by beating The Kiwis at The Eden Gardens.
9. Highest Score By An Individual
Belinda Clark of Australia holds the record of scoring the highest score by an individual player in World Cup history. Belinda smashed a blistering 229 off just 155 balls against Denmark in the 1997 World Cup, to propel Australia to a mammoth total of 412/3.
8. Best Partnership
The best partnership in the history of ICC Women’s World Cup involves the English Pair of Tammy Beaumont and Sarah Taylor, with a 275 run stand which laid the foundation for England’s 68-run win over South Africa in this year’s recently concluded World Cup. Beaumont finished with 148, one more than Sarah, whose 147 being her highest score in ODIs. This was also the highest partnership for England in Women’s One Day Internationals.
7. Most Number Of Wickets
The most number of wickets in World Cup history has been picked by Lyn Fullston of Australia. Lyn, being the highest wicket-taker with 39 scalps, despite playing in only two World Cups of 1982 and 1988, is an achievement of sorts. She made her debut against India in the 1982 World Cup, picking up 23 wickets in that tournament, with two 5-wicket hauls to her credit.
6. Best Bowling Figures
The record for best bowling figures is held by a Kiwi. Jackie Lord, the leg-break bowler from New Zealand had figures of 6/10 in the 1982 World Cup, which was won by Australia.
5. Most Dismissals (Wicket-Keeper)
Jane Smit of England, who had featured in 3 World Cups, 1993, 1997 and 2005, holds the record for registering the most number of dismissals (40) as wicket-keeper in Women’s World Cup History.
4. Most Catches
The record for taking the maximum number of catches in Women’s World Cup History is held by England’s Janette Brittin, taking 19 in all between the period of 1982-1997.
3. Lowest Team Score
Pakistan has the dubious record of getting bundled out for just 27 runs against Australia during the 1997 World Cup. It was a tale of extremes for both the sides. Where Australia had gone on to win the tournament, Pakistan had failed to win even a single match. The tournament was indeed a forgettable one for the green brigade.
2. Only Player To Score A Hundred In World Cup Final
Karen Rolton of Australia became the first player to score a hundred in World Cup Final, remaining unbeaten on 107. She had achieved this feat against India in the 8th edition of the showpiece event, which was played in South Africa.
1. First Hat-trick In World Cup
Carole Hodges, an off-spinner from England became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in World Cup. Incidentally, that was also the first hat-trick in Women’s ODI Cricket.