1988 Women's Cricket World Cup

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

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.

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]