Women's World Cup

Women's World Cup Preview - West Indies

West Indies have to be the fastest improving women’s cricket side of the past few years and have progressed to such an extent that they are considered dark horses to lift the World Cup. Led by long-term captain Merissa Aguilleira, they boast a strong spin-attack and some powerful batters.
30 January 2013

Pakistan Lose Final Warm-Up Game Against Odisha

Two Women's World Cup warm-up wins in two days proved beyond Pakistan as they were beaten by five wickets by the Odisha XI in Cuttack. They were bowled out for 154 in 46.1 overs and finally beaten when the Odisha side closed on 155 for five in 48.5 overs.
30 January 2013

Weerakkody Guides Sri Lanka To Victory

Sripali Weerakkody scored an unbeaten half-century to guide Sri Lanka Women to a fine two-wicket win over South Africa Women in their final warm-up match ahead of the Women's World Cup. Set 165 after South Africa were dismissed for 164, Sri Lanka were struggling at 66 for six before Weerakkody's innings handed Sri Lanka a rare victory.
29 January 2013

New Zealand Hold On To Beat Reigning Champions

The last time England met New Zealand in a Women's World Cup match, the 2009 final was won by England batting second, but in this warm-up for the 2013 event, New Zealand held on to win by 13 runs. Half-centuries from Sara McGlashan and Lucy Doolan helped the White Ferns made 223 and despite Danielle Hazell taking five wickets and Lydia Greenway scoring 51, England were defeated when they were bowled out for 210.
29 January 2013

Pakistan Beat Odisha XI By 95 Runs

Pakistan Women got onto the field and let their cricket do the talking during a 95-run win over an Odisha XI in their first World Cup warm-up game in Cuttack. With their presence in Mumbai forcing organisers to shift their matches to Cuttack, this win, set up by twin half-centuries from Bismah Maroof and Nain Abidi will be a huge boost for the World Cup outsiders.
29 January 2013

Australia Make It Two Warm-Up Wins Out Of Two

Australia captain Jodie Fields scored an unbeaten half-century to help set up a five-wicket win for her side over India in their second 2013 Women's World Cup warm-up match in Mumbai. India posted 222 for eight thanks to a number of useful contributions but Australia needed just 38.3 overs to chase down their target.
29 January 2013

Women's World Cup History - 1973 & 1978

It is one of the more perplexing parts of cricket's history that the women actually held a World Cup before the men - in 1973 as opposed to 1975.
28 January 2013

Women's World Cup History - New Zealand 1982

The 1982 competition, held in New Zealand, saw Australia successfully defend the title that they won in 1978 with another victory over England in the final in Christchurch. The tournament once again featured an International XI along with India and the other three Test-playing nations, with the five teams playing each other three times in a round-robin format in 60-over aside matches.
28 January 2013

Women's World Cup History - Australia 1988

After following their first success in 1978 with a repeat performance in 1982, Australia hosted the competition for the first time in 1988. It proved to be a great success, as they completed a hat-trick of titles by once again beating England. The Melbourne Cricket Ground held the final and witnessed women's cricket for the first time since 1949.
28 January 2013

Women's World Cup History - England 1993

The 1993 World Cup was certainly one for the bowlers, in particular English ones, with three of their players ending up in the top five leading wicket-takers. Skipper Karen Smithies led the way with 15 wickets at the incredible average of 7.93, with Gill Smith and Clare Taylor - not to be confused with the Claire Taylor who would later win the World Cup with England in 2009 - also averaging less than 12.
28 January 2013

Women's World Cup History - India 1997

The 1997 World Cup returned to India and just as in 1978, Australia won, this time beating New Zealand, who made their second final in a row. The tournament featured Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies as a combined team for the first time. South Africa and Sri Lanka reached the quarter-finals while Pakistan and the West Indies fell at the first stage, along with Denmark.
28 January 2013

Women's World Cup History - New Zealand 2000

The first year of the new millennium saw hosts New Zealand join England and Australia as winners of the Women's World cup as they triumphed over their Tasman rivals in a thrilling final.
28 January 2013

Women's World Cup History - South Africa 2005

After the shake-up to the order that had seen New Zealand beat Australia in 2000, there were more surprises in 2005. For the first time, a team outside of the top four (Australia, England, India, New Zealand) hosted with South Africa holding the tournament and then India reached their first final, becoming only the fourth team to make it into a Women’s World Cup final.
28 January 2013

Women's World Cup History - Australia 2009

The 2009 World Cup, held in Australia, witnessed the women's game move ever closer to professionalism, with the ICC taking over control of the event from the International Women’s Cricket Council. In an effort to broaden the game’s appeal, the tournament was broadcast in over 200 countries and featured a qualifying tournament that gave teams such as Bermuda, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe the opportunity to make it to the big stage.
28 January 2013

Sri Lanka Collapse To Defeat In World Cup Warm-Up

Sri Lanka Women suffered a dramatic collapse before being well beaten by a Mumbai Combined XI side in their first wramwarm-up match ahead of the 2013 World Cup. They failed to recover from a position of 42 for six, eventually being dismissed for 189 and going down by four wickets.
28 January 2013

Impressive Run Chase Underpins India Victory

Nothwithstanding New Zealand's poor form since the previous tournament, India produced an impressive eight-wicket win over the 2009 finalists in their first warm-up game ahead of the 2013 Women's World Cup in Mumbai. Hosts India are one of just four teams to make it through to a Women's World Cup final and they asserted their advantage over the White Ferns by chasing down 202 to win in 43.3 overs.
28 January 2013

Edwards Sets Up England Victory Over South Africa

Captain Charlotte Edwards hit 78 from the to order to set up a 51-run win for England Women over South Africa Women in their 2013 World Cup warm-up match in Mumbai. Although no other player could reach a half-century, England's 270 for nine proved to be beyond South Africa, for whom Trisha Chetty (57) and Mignon du Preez (64 not out) top scored.
28 January 2013

Convincing Win For Australia Over West Indies

Australia Women racked up an impressive 333 for five on their way to a convincing 135-run victory over West Indies Women in their first warm-up match ahead of the 2013 World Cup in Mumbai. There were half-centuries for Ellyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Jess Cameron and Lisa Sthalekar and then two wickets apiece for Ellyse Perry and Sthalekar as the West Indies were bowled out for 198.
28 January 2013

Revised Women's World Cup Schedule Revealed

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed the revised full schedule for the Women's World Cup, which gets underway in India on Thursday 31st January. Cuttack and Mumbai are the two host cities and the stadia which will be used in both venues have now been confirmed.
25 January 2013

Chappell Replaces Jonassen In World Cup Squad

Australia's Jess Jonassen has been ruled out of the 2013 Women's World Cup after failing to sufficiently recover from knee surgery and has been replaced by uncapped Renee Chappell. 29-year-old Chappell, like Jonassen, is a finger spinner although she bats and bowls right-handed whereas Jonassen is left-handed.
21 January 2013