1988 Women's Cricket World Cup

The 1988 Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup was an international cricket tournament played in Australia from 29 November to 18 December 1988. Hosted by Australia for the first time, as part of the Bicentenary celebrations, it was the fourth edition of the Women's Cricket World Cup, and came over six years after the preceding 1982 World Cup in New Zealand.

1988 Women's World Cup
Dates29 November – 18 December 1988
Administrator(s)IWCC
Cricket formatODI (60-over)
Tournament format(s)Double round-robin
Playoffs
Host(s) Australia
Champions Australia (3rd title)
Participants5
Matches played22
Player of the series Carole Hodges
Most runs Lindsay Reeler (448)
Most wickets Lyn Fullston (16)

The tournament was organised by the International Women's Cricket Council (IWCC), with matches played over 60 overs. Australia won the tournament for a third consecutive time, defeating England in the final by eight wickets. New Zealand defeated Ireland in the third-place playoff, while the Netherlands, the only other team at the tournament, placed fifth and last after failing to win a single match. Both Ireland and the Netherlands were making their tournament debuts. India had been invited to compete, as it had at the previous two tournaments, but were forced to withdraw after failing to secure enough money from sponsors.[1] Two Australians, Lindsay Reeler and Lyn Fullston, led the tournament in runs and wickets, respectively.[2][3] The player of the series was English all-rounder Carole Hodges, who placed third for runs scored and second for wickets taken.[4] She received a Waterford Crystal trophy valued at A$4,000, donated by an Irish firm, R&A Bailey.[5]

Squads

 Australia[6]  England[7]  Ireland[8]
Coach: Noel Mahony
 Netherlands[9]  New Zealand[10]

Venues

Seven venues hosted matches at the 1988 Women's World Cup:

Warm-up matches

At least five warm-up matches were played against Australian state and invitational teams, which were interspersed throughout the tournament.[12]

Warm-up matches
6 December
Scorecard
New South Wales
215/9 (60 overs)
v
 Ireland
164 (? overs)
New South Wales won by 51 runs
North Sydney Oval (No. 2 Oval)
  • New South Wales won the toss and elected to bat.

9 December
Scorecard
 England
115 (? overs)
v
Victoria
96 (? overs)
England won by 19 runs
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 2 Oval), Melbourne
  • Victoria won the toss and elected to bowl.

13 December
Scorecard
 Australia
203/6 (60 overs)
v
Victoria
118/8 (60 overs)
Australia won by 85 runs
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 3 Oval), Melbourne
  • Victoria won the toss and elected to bowl.

13 December
Scorecard
Victoria Under-21s
236/6 (60 overs)
v
Victoria Under-21s won by an unknown margin
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 3 Oval), Melbourne
  • Victoria Under-21s won the toss and elected to bat.

13 December
Scorecard
VWCA President's XI
81 (? overs)
v
 New Zealand
82/2 (? overs)
New Zealand won by 8 wickets
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 3 Oval), Melbourne
  • VWCA President's XI won the toss and elected to bat.

Group stage

Points table

Team Pld W L T NR Pts RR
 Australia87100283.630
 England86200243.097
 New Zealand85300203.418
 Ireland8260081.965
 Netherlands8080001.695
Source: CricketArchive
  • Note: run rate was to be used as a tiebreaker in the case of teams finishing on an equal number of points, rather than net run rate (as is now common).[13]

Matches

29 November
Scorecard
Australia 
284/1 (60 overs)
v
 Netherlands
29 (25.1 overs)
Australia won by 255 runs
Willetton Sports Club (No. 1 Oval), Perth
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Australia's Lindsay Reeler, who scored 143 not out, broke the record for the highest individual score in an ODI, which had been set by England's Janette Brittin at the 1982 World Cup. It was not beaten until February 1997.[14]
  • Australia broke the record for the largest winning margin (by runs) in an ODI match, which had been set by New Zealand at the 1982 World Cup. It was not beaten until January 1997.[15]
  • Australia also broke the record for the highest score in an ODI match, although it was beaten less than a week later, when New Zealand scored 297/5 against the same team.[16]
  • The Netherlands broke the record for the lowest score in an ODI match, which had been set by India at the 1982 World Cup. It was not beaten until February 1997.[17]

29 November
Scorecard
New Zealand 
232/4 (60 overs)
v
 Ireland
78/9 (60 overs)
New Zealand won by 154 runs
Willetton Sports Club (No. 2 Oval), Perth
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.

30 November
Scorecard
New Zealand 
186 (59.3 overs)
v
 England
187/7 (58.2 overs)
England won by 3 wickets
Willetton Sports Club (No. 1 Oval), Perth
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.

30 November
Scorecard
Ireland 
196/5 (60 overs)
v
 Netherlands
110/7 (60 overs)
Ireland won by 86 runs
Willetton Sports Club (No. 2 Oval), Perth
  • Netherlands won the toss and elected to bowl.

3 December
Scorecard
Australia 
210 (60 overs)
v
 England
84/8 (60 overs)
Australia won by 126 runs
North Sydney Oval
  • England won the toss and elected to bowl.

4 December
Scorecard
Ireland 
78/8 (60 overs)
v
 Australia
81/0 (20.4 overs)
Australia won by 10 wickets
North Sydney Oval
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bowl.

4 December
Scorecard
New Zealand 
297/5 (60 overs)
v
 Netherlands
87 (51 overs)
New Zealand won by 210 runs
North Sydney Oval (No. 2 Oval)
  • Netherlands won the toss and elected to bowl.
  • New Zealand broke the record for the highest score in an ODI match, which had been set less than a week earlier, by Australia against the same team. It was not beaten until January 1997.[16]

5 December
Scorecard
Ireland 
126 (57.5 overs)
v
 England
127/3 (43.3 overs)
England won by 7 wickets
North Sydney Oval
  • England won the toss and elected to bowl.

6 December
Scorecard
Netherlands 
97 (60 overs)
v
 England
98/1 (29.3 overs)
England won by 9 wickets
North Sydney Oval
  • England won the toss and elected to bowl.

7 December
Scorecard
Australia 
167/9 (60 overs)
v
 New Zealand
121/8 (60 overs)
Australia won by 46 runs
Manuka Oval, Canberra
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.

9 December
Scorecard
Netherlands 
143 (60 overs)
v
 Ireland
144/5 (56.4 overs)
Ireland won by 5 wickets
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 1 Oval), Melbourne
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl.

10 December
Scorecard
Australia 
211/3 (60 overs)
v
 New Zealand
136/6 (60 overs)
Australia won by 75 runs
Albert Cricket Ground, Melbourne
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

11 December
Scorecard
England 
167/8 (60 overs)
v
 Australia
152 (57.4 overs)
England won by 15 runs
Richmond Cricket Ground, Melbourne
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Australia lost its only match of the tournament.

11 December
Scorecard
New Zealand 
217/6 (60 overs)
v
 Ireland
106/8 (60 overs)
New Zealand won by 111 runs
Albert Cricket Ground, Melbourne
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.

13 December
Scorecard
Ireland 
109/9 (60 overs)
v
 England
110/0 (25.3 overs)
England won by 10 wickets
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 1 Oval), Melbourne
  • England won the toss and elected to bowl.

13 December
Scorecard
New Zealand 
255/2 (60 overs)
v
 Netherlands
78 (59.1 overs)
New Zealand won by 177 runs
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 2 Oval), Melbourne
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.

14 December
Scorecard
Australia 
258/4 (60 overs)
v
 Netherlands
85 (53.3 overs)
Australia won by 173 runs
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 2 Oval), Melbourne
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Australia's Lyn Fullston recorded the only five-wicket haul of the tournament, 5/28 from 12 overs.[18]

14 December
Scorecard
England 
177 (59.4 overs)
v
 New Zealand
178/5 (55 overs)
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 1 Oval), Melbourne
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

16 December
Scorecard
Ireland 
88 (56.2 overs)
v
 Australia
89/0 (21.4 overs)
Australia won by 10 wickets
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 1 Oval), Melbourne
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.

16 December
Scorecard
England 
278/3 (60 overs)
v
 Netherlands
98/9 (60 overs)
England won by 180 runs
Carey Baptist Grammar School (No. 2 Oval), Melbourne
  • Netherlands won the toss and elected to bowl.

Finals

Third place play-off

17 December
Scorecard
New Zealand 
208/6 (60 overs)
v
 Ireland
138/7 (60 overs)
Karen Gunn 46*
Mary-Pat Moore 1/10 (6 overs)
Mary-Pat Moore 54*
Brigit Legg 2/14 (12 overs)
New Zealand won by 70 runs
Richmond Cricket Ground, Melbourne
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.

Final

The final, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, was broadcast live on radio and on ABC Television.[19] It was attended by around 3,000 people, although the ground had a capacity at the time of over 90,000.[20] Janette Brittin, who played for England in the match, later described the venue as having "wall-to-wall seating with no one sitting in them", making it "a very large and a very lonely place".[21] No women's cricket had been played there since 1949.[20]

18 December
Scorecard
England 
127/7 (60 overs)
v
 Australia
129/2 (44.5 overs)
Janette Brittin 46* (108)
Lyn Larsen 2/22 (12 overs)
Lindsay Reeler 59* (147)
Jo Chamberlain 1/23 (8 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Umpires: Robin Bailhache and Len King
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

Statistics

Most runs

The top five runscorers are included in this table, ranked by runs scored and then by batting average.

PlayerTeamRunsInnsAvgHighest100s50s
Lindsay Reeler Australia4488149.33143*22
Debbie Hockley New Zealand446963.7190*05
Nicki Turner New Zealand342842.7511411
Carole Hodges England336942.009102
Ruth Buckstein Australia289757.80105*20

Source: CricketArchive

Most wickets

The top five wicket takers are listed in this table, ranked by wickets taken and then by bowling average.

PlayerTeamOversWktsAveSREconBBI
Lyn Fullston Australia86.11611.8732.312.205/28
Karen Brown Australia87.01210.8343.501.494/4
Carole Hodges England83.01216.0841.502.324/14
Sharon Tredrea Australia90.01113.2749.091.623/9
Brigit Legg New Zealand100.21114.3654.721.573/4

Source: CricketArchive

References

  1. Mary Boson. "A worldly ambition for the world's best" – The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 October 1988.
  2. Batting at Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup 1988/89 (ordered by runs) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  3. Bowling at Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup 1988/89 (ordered by wickets) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  4. Carole Hodges with the Player of the Series Award – Women's Cricket History. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. Heather Smith. "Irish postie poses problem" – The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 December 1988.
  6. Batting and fielding for Australia women, Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup 1988/89 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  7. Batting and fielding for England women, Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup 1988/89 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
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  9. Batting and fielding for Netherlands women, Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup 1988/89 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
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  11. "Kiwis confident of shock result"The Canberra Times, 7 December 1988.
  12. Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup 1988/89 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  13. Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup 1988/89 table – CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  14. Records / Women's One-Day Internationals / Batting records / Most runs in an innings (progressive record holder) – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  15. Records / Women's One-Day Internationals / Team records / Largest margin of victory (by runs) – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
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  17. Records / Women's One-Day Internationals / Team records / Lowest innings totals – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  18. Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup 1988/89 – four wickets in an innings – CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  19. "Australia's top bat sends them reeling"The Canberra Times, 15 December 1988.
  20. "Women's Cricket, World Cup 1988-89". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1990 ed.). Wisden. pp. 1138–1141. ISBN 0-947766-14-6.
  21. Nishi Narayanan (8 March 2009). "Like watching paint dry" – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
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