Women's World Cup

Women's World Cup - Cricket World Predictions

With the 2013 Women's World Cup underway in India, here are the thoughts of the Cricket World team which will be keeping you up to date with the latest action, scores and match reports. Alastair Symondson, John Pennington and Daniel Grummitt identify the teams they think will still be in contention when the tournament moves into the closing stages next month.
31 January 2013

Women's World Cup Preview - Australia

No team has a better World Cup pedigree than Australia. Winners in 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997 and 2005, they also reached the final in 1973 and 2000. Once again, in 2013, they are up there as one of the favourites, underlining that tag with a series win over New Zealand and thumping wins over the West Indies and India in their warm-up matches.
30 January 2013

Women's World Cup Preview - England

England have endured disappointments at ICC global events in recent times - failing to make it out of the group stage in the 2010 ICC World T20 and narrowly losing out to Australia in the 2012 edition last October - but nevertheless enter this tournament as defending champions and narrow favourites.
30 January 2013

Women's World Cup Preview - India

India host the tournament for the third time – 1978 and 1997 were the previous occasions – but the only time they reached the final was in South Africa in 2005.
30 January 2013

Women's World Cup Preview - New Zealand

Although this New Zealand side bears plenty of resemblance to the one that finished as runners-up to England four years ago, their progress since then has been disappointing. The team that won the trophy in 2000 has won just 13 ODIs since the 2009 tournament, where they beat England en route to the final, which they lost by four wickets.
30 January 2013

Women's World Cup Preview - Pakistan

The development of women's cricket in Pakistan is still very much a work in progress, as shown by the country's non-appearance in all but two of the nine World Cups thus far. Indeed, cricket was not really played in Pakistan by women until the early 1990s and, even then, met with resistance from many owing to cultural and religious reasons.
30 January 2013

Women's World Cup Preview - South Africa

South Africa's women were hit even harder by the sporting boycott caused by apartheid than their male counterparts and didn't make their World Cup debut until 1997, despite initially being invited to the inaugural event in 1973 before having it withdrawn following protests.
30 January 2013

Women's World Cup Preview - Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka go into this tournament as the lowest ranked side and rank outsiders. In their last three tournaments, they have finished sixth, seventh and eighth, following an unexpected loss to Pakistan in the Super Six stage in 2009. They subsequently beat Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in 2009, and repeated the trick one year later although failed to progress – mirroring their World Cup performances.
30 January 2013

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