1973 Women's Cricket World Cup

1973 Women's World Cup
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Dates20 June–28 July 1973
Administrator(s)IWCC
Cricket formatODI (60-over)
Tournament format(s)Round-robin
Host(s) England
Champions England (1st title)
Participants7
Matches played21
Most runsEngland Enid Bakewell (264)
Most wicketsEngland (YE) Rosalind Heggs (12)
1978

The 1973 Women's Cricket World Cup was the first tournament of its kind, held two years before the first limited overs World Cup for men in 1975. The competition was won by the hosts, England.[1] The competition was the brainchild of businessman Sir Jack Hayward, who contributed £40,000 towards its costs.

England, Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica were joined by an International XI and a Young England side in a round robin league which saw the top team win the World Cup. England topped the group with 20 points from their six matches, including five victories and one defeat, while Australia were runners up posting 17 points with four wins.[2]

The final round robin match, held at Edgbaston on 28 July, was distinguished by a commanding century by Enid Bakewell of England, whose 118 formed the bedrock of England's imposing 279-3 in their 60 overs, with captain [1].

Bakewell, one of England's finest all time players, was the leading run-scorer in the competition with 264 runs while Rosalind Heggs, of Young England, headed the bowling aggregates with 12 wickets. The next World Cup was held five years later in 1978.

Competition

Standings

Note: Pld = Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, A = Abandonments, Nr = No results, Pts = Points.

Team Pld W L T NR A Pts
 England 6 5 1 0 0 0 20
 Australia 6 4 1 0 1 0 17
 New Zealand 6 3 2 0 0 1 13
 International XI 6 3 2 0 1 0 13
 Trinidad and Tobago 6 2 4 0 0 0 8
 Jamaica 6 1 4 0 0 1 5
England Young England 6 1 5 0 0 0 4

Match log

20 June 1973
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Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Kew Green, London
23 June 1973
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Young England England
57 (31.1 overs)
v
 Australia
58/3 (21 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Dean Park, Bournemouth
23 June 1973
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England 
258/1 (60 overs)
v
International XI
123/8 (60 overs)
England won by 135 runs
County Ground, Hove
23 June 1973
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New Zealand 
197 (59.5 overs)
v
 Trinidad and Tobago
61 (31.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 136 runs
Clarence Park, St Albans
30 June 1973
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Trinidad and Tobago 
124 (52.4 overs)
v
 Australia
125/3 (45.3 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Tring Park Cricket Club Ground, Tring
30 June 1973
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New Zealand 
136/8 (60 overs)
v
International XI
140/8 (59.5 overs)
International XI won by 2 wickets
Queen's Park, Chesterfield
30 June 1973
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Jamaica 
124 (51.1 overs)
v
England Young England
101 (57.3 overs)
Jamaica won by 23 runs
Gore Court, Sittingbourne
4 July 1973
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Jamaica 
97 (51.5 overs)
v
 Trinidad and Tobago
98/8 (48.4 overs)
Trinidad & Tobago won by 2 wickets
Ealing Cricket Club Ground, Ealing
7 July 1973
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Australia 
137/6 (60 overs)
v
 New Zealand
102 (55.3 overs)
Australia won by 35 runs
Hesketh Park, Dartford
7 July 1973
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England 
191/7 (60 overs)
v
 Jamaica
128/9 (49 overs)
England won by 63 runs
Park Avenue, Bradford
7 July 1973
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Young England England
165/7 (60 overs)
v
International XI
151/8 (60 overs)
Young England won by 14 runs
Manor Fields, Bletchley
14 July 1973
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New Zealand 
105/7 (35 overs)
v
 England
34/1 (15 overs)
New Zealand won by 11 runs (revised target)
The Maer Ground, Exmouth
14 July 1973
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Jamaica 
162/8 (60 overs)
v
International XI
163/5 (55.4 overs)
International XI won by 5 wickets
Ivanhoe Cricket Club, Kirby Muxloe
14 July 1973
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Young England England
90 (51 overs)
v
 Trinidad and Tobago
91/5 (38.5 overs)
Trinidad & Tobago won by 5 wickets
Fenner's, Cambridge
18 July 1973
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England 
231/6 (60 overs)
v
England Young England
102/7 (39 overs)
England won by 49 runs (revised target)
Valentines Park, Ilford
18 July 1973
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Trinidad and Tobago 
115/8 (60 overs)
v
International XI
117/3 (42.2 overs)
International XI won by 7 wickets
Aigburth, Liverpool
20 July 1973
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Trinidad and Tobago 
59 (45.5 overs)
v
 England
62/2 (25.5 overs)
21 July 1973
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International XI
5/1 (4.4 overs)
v
21 July 1973
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Young England England
174/6 (60 overs)
v
 New Zealand
177/7 (58.5 overs)
New Zealand won by 3 wickets
The Saffrons, Eastbourne
28 July 1973
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England 
279/3 (60 overs)
v
 Australia
187/9 (60 overs)
England won by 92 runs
Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham