Women's Cricket World Cup

ICC Women's Cricket World Cup
Administrator International Cricket Council
Format ODI
First tournament England 1973
Number of teams (see list below)
Current champion  England (4th title)
Most successful  Australia (6 titles)
Most runs New Zealand Debbie Hockley (1,501)
Most wickets Australia Lyn Fullston (39)
2017 Women's Cricket World Cup

The ICC Women's Cricket World Cup is the oldest and most prestigious international women's cricket tournament.

The Women's World Cup is currently organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Until 2005, when the two organisations merged, it was administered by a separate body, the International Women's Cricket Council (IWCC). The first World Cup was held in England in 1973, two years before the inaugural men's tournament. The event's early years were marked by funding difficulties, which meant several teams had to decline invitations to compete and caused gaps of up to six years between tournaments. However, since 2005 World Cups have been hosted at regular four-year intervals.

The eleven World Cups played to date have been held in five countries, with India and England having hosted the event three times. The number of teams has been fixed at eight since the 2000 event, with the preceding tournament in 1997 having been contested by a record eleven teams, the most to date. Australia are the most successful team, having won six titles and failed to make the final on only three occasions. England (four titles) and New Zealand (one title) are the only other teams to have won the event, while India (twice) and the West Indies (once) have each reached the final without going on to win.


First World Cup

Women's international cricket was first played in 1934, when a party from England toured Australia and New Zealand. The first Test match was played on 28–31 December 1934, and was won by England.[1] The first Test against New Zealand followed early the following year. These three nations remained the only Test playing teams in women's cricket until 1960, when South Africa played a number of matches against England.[1] Limited overs cricket was first played by first-class teams in England in 1962.[2] Nine years later, the first international one day match was played in men's cricket, when England took on Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.[3]

Talks began in 1971 about holding a World Cup for women's cricket, led by Jack Hayward.[4] South Africa, under pressure from the world for their apartheid laws, were not invited to take part in the competition.[5] Both of the other two Test playing nations, Australia and New Zealand were invited. Hayward had previously organised tours of the West Indies by England women, and it was from this region that the other two competing nations were drawn; Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. To make up the numbers, England also fielded a "Young England" team, and an "International XI" was also included.[4] Five South Africans were invited to play for the International XI as a means of compensation for the team not being invited, but these invitations were later withdrawn.[5]

The inaugural tournament was held at a variety of venues across England in June and July 1973,[6] two years before the first men's Cricket World Cup was played.[7] The competition was played as a round-robin tournament, and the last scheduled match was England against Australia. Australia went into the game leading the table by a solitary point: they had won four matches and had one abandoned. England had also won four matches, but they had lost to New Zealand.[6][8] As a result, the match also served as a de facto final for the competition. England won the match, held at Edgbaston, Birmingham by 92 runs to win the tournament.[9]

Tournament history

Year Host(s) Final venue Result
Winner Margin Runner-up
1973  England no final  England
20 points
England won on points
17 points
1978  India no final  Australia
6 points
Australia won on points
4 points
1982  New Zealand Christchurch  Australia
152/7 (59 overs)
Australia won by 3 wickets
151/5 (60 overs)
1988  Australia Melbourne  Australia
129/2 (44.5 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
127/7 (60 overs)
1993  England London  England
195/5 (60 overs)
England won by 67 runs
 New Zealand
128 (55.1 overs)
1997  India Kolkata  Australia
165/5 (47.4 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
 New Zealand
164 (49.3 overs)
2000  New Zealand Lincoln  New Zealand
184 (48.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 runs
180 (49.1 overs)
2005  South Africa Centurion  Australia
215/4 (50 overs)
Australia won by 98 runs
117 (46 overs)
2009  Australia Sydney  England
167/6 (46.1 overs)
England won by 4 wickets
 New Zealand
166 (47.2 overs)
2013  India Mumbai  Australia
259/7 (50 overs)
Australia won by 114 runs
 West Indies
145 (43.1 overs)
2017  England London  England
228/7 (50 overs)
England won by 9 runs
219 (48.4 overs)
2021  New Zealand


Thirteen nations have qualified for the Women's Cricket World Cup at least once (excluding qualification tournaments). Five teams have competed in every finals tournament, three of which have won the title.

  • Two teams from England in the first Women's Cricket World Cup.

Teams' performances

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • SF – Losing semi-finalist (no third-place playoff)
  • QF – Losing quarter-finalist (no further playoffs)
  •      Hosts
Team England
New Zealand
New Zealand
South Africa
 Australia 2nd1st1st1st3rd1st2nd1st4th1stSF11
 Denmark 7th9th2
 England 1st2nd2nd2nd1stSF5thSF1st3rd1st11
 India 4th4th4thSFSF2nd3rd7th2nd9
 Ireland 4th5thQF7th8th5
 Netherlands 5th8thQF8th4
 New Zealand 3rd3rd3rd3rd2nd2nd1stSF2nd4th5th11
 Pakistan 11th5th8th8th4
 South Africa QFSF6th7th6thSF6
 Sri Lanka QF6th7th8th5th7th6
 West Indies 6th10th5th6th2nd6th6
Defunct teams
International XI 4th5th2
 Jamaica 6th1
 Trinidad and Tobago 5th1
England Young England 7th1

Debutant teams

Year Teams
1973  Australia,  England,  New Zealand,  Jamaica,  Trinidad and Tobago
1978  India
1982 none
1988  Ireland,  Netherlands
1993  Denmark,  West Indies
1997  Pakistan,  South Africa,  Sri Lanka
2000 none
2005 none
2009 none
2013 none
2017 none

No longer exists.


The table below provides an overview of the performances of teams over past World Cups, as of the end of group stage of the 2017 tournament. Teams are sorted by best performance, then by appearances, total number of wins, total number of games, and alphabetical order respectively.

Appearances Statistics
Team Total First Latest Best result Mat. Won Lost Tie NR Win%*
 Australia 1119732017Champions (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013)8470111285.47
 England 1119732017Champions (1973, 1993, 2009, 2017)8357232175.04
 New Zealand 1119732017Champions (2000)8051262165.82
 India 919782017Runners-up (2005, 2017)6334271155.64
 West Indies 619932017Runners-up (2013)3813240135.13
 South Africa 619972017Semi-finals (2000, 2017)3815220340.54
 Pakistan 419972017Super Six (2009)232210008.69
 Sri Lanka 619972017Quarter-finals (1997)358260123.52
 Ireland 519882005Quarter-finals (1997)347260121.21
 Netherlands 419882000Quarter-finals (1997)262240007.69
 Denmark 219931997First Round (1993, 1997)132110015.38

International XI

219731982First Round (1973, 1982)183140116.66
 Trinidad and Tobago 119731973First Round (1973)6240033.33
 Jamaica 119731973First Round (1973)5140020.00
Young England 119731973First Round (1973)6150016.66
  • The Win percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win.

No longer exists.


Player of the Tournament

Year Player Performance details
1988England Carole Hodges336 Runs/12 Wickets
2000Australia Lisa Keightley375 Runs
2005Australia Karen Rolton246 Runs
2009England Claire Taylor324 Runs
2013New Zealand Suzie Bates407 Runs
2017England Tammy Beaumont410 Runs

Player of the Final

Year Player Performance details
1993England Jo Chamberlain38 (33) / 1/28 (9)
1997New Zealand Debbie Hockley79 (121)
2000Australia Belinda Clark91 (102)
2005Australia Karen Rolton107* (128)
2009England Nicky Shaw4/34 (8.2)
2013Australia Jess Cameron75 (76)
2017England Anya Shrubsole6/46 (9.4)

Tournament records

World Cup records
Most runs Debbie Hockley New Zealand 1,5011982–2000[10]
Highest average (min. 10 innings) Karen Rolton Australia 74.921997–2009[11]
Highest score Belinda Clark Australia 229 *1997[12]
Highest partnership Tammy Beaumont & Sarah Taylor England 2752017[13]
Most runs in a tournament Debbie Hockley New Zealand 4561997[14]
Most wickets Lyn Fullston Australia 391982–1988[15]
Lowest average (min. 500 balls bowled) Katrina Keenan New Zealand 9.721997–2000[16]
Best bowling figures Jackie Lord New Zealand 6/101982[17]
Most wickets in a tournament Lyn Fullston Australia 231982[18]
Most dismissals (wicket-keeper) Jane Smit England 401993–2005[19]
Most catches (fielder) Janette Brittin England 191982–1997[20]
Highest score  Australia (v Denmark) 412/31997[21]
Lowest score  Pakistan (v Australia) 271997[22]
Highest win %  Australia 85.97[23]

See also


  1. 1 2 Heyhoe Flint & Rheinberg (1976), pp. 175–180.
  2. Williamson, Martin (9 April 2011). "The low-key birth of one-day cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  3. Williamson, Martin (22 June 2010). "The birth of the one-day international". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  4. 1 2 Heyhoe Flint & Rheinberg (1976), p. 168.
  5. 1 2 "World Cups 1926–1997". Women's Cricket History. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  6. 1 2 "Women's World Cup, 1973 / Results". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  7. Baker, Andrew (20 March 2009). "England women's cricketers aiming to lift World Cup for third time". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  8. "Women's World Cup 1973 Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  9. "21st Match: England Women v Australia Women at Birmingham, Jul 28, 1973". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  10. "Records / Women's World Cup / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  11. "Records / Women's World Cup / Highest averages". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  12. "Records / Women's World Cup / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  13. "Records / Women's World Cup / Highest partnerships by runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  14. "Records / Women's World Cup / Most runs in a series". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  15. "Records / Women's World Cup / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  16. "Women's World Cup / Best averages". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  17. "Records / Women's World Cup / Best bowling figures in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  18. "Records / Women's World Cup / Most wickets in a series". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  19. "Records / Women's World Cup / Most dismissals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  20. "Records / Women's World Cup / Most catches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  21. "Records / Women's World Cup / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  22. "Records / Women's World Cup / Lowest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  23. "Records / Women's World Cup / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2012.


  • Heyhoe Flint, Rachael; Rheinberg, Netta (1976). Fair Play: The story of women's cricket. London: Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-95698-7.
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