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.
Regulars Australia, England and New Zealand were joined by Ireland and the Netherlands although both teams were outclassed, the Netherlands dismissed for 29 in reply to Australia’s 284 for one in the opening game of the competition.
Australia (28 points from eight matches), England (24 points from eight matches) and New Zealand (20 points from eight matches) finished well clear after the group stage.
Ireland played New Zealand in the third/fourth place play-off and were predictably soundly beaten. New Zealand, thanks to 46 from Karen Gunn and 43 from wicket-keeper Ingrid Jagersma, made 208 for six. Ireland then closed on 138 for seven. Mary-Pat Moore made a defiant unbeaten 54.
For the fourth final in a row, England batted first, but for the third time in succession, failed to put a big enough total on the board. Janette Brittin’s unbeaten 46 helped them get up to 127 for seven in 60 overs as Lyn Fullston took three for 29.
Just as in 1978, England took two early wickets but could make no further inroads. Lindsay Reeler made 59 not out and Denise Annetts an unbeaten 48 and Australia were celebrating with more than 15 overs to spare.
Reeler ended the tournament with 448 runs to her name, just two ahead of New Zealand’s Debbie Hockley while both Reeler and opening partner Ruth Buckstein helped themselves to two centuries.
Fullston was the leading wicket-taker with 16 wickets and a best of five for 28 – the only five-wicket haul of the tournament.
© Cricket World 2013
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