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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, AustraliaNew ZealandTrinidad 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 Rachel Heyhoe-Flint scoring 64. Australia were restricted by tight England bowling and fell well short of their target, scoring 187-9. The cup was presented by Princess Anne and the winning England team were hosted at a reception at 10 Downing Street by Prime Minister Edward Heath [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.

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 [hide*1 Competition

Competition[edit]Edit

Standings[edit]Edit

Note: Pld = Played, W = WinsL = LossesT = TiesA = AbandonmentsA = No resultsPts = 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
[1]

Young England

6 1 5 0 0 0 4

Match log[edit]Edit

20 June 1973

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Jamaica  v  New Zealand
Match abandoned without a ball bowled

Kew Green, London

23 June 1973

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Young England [2]

57 (31.1 overs)

v  Australia

58/3 (21 overs)

Australia won by 7 wickets

Dean ParkBournemouth

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 GroundHove

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 ParkSt 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 GroundTring

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 ParkChesterfield

30 June 1973

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Jamaica 

124 (51.1 overs)

v [3] Young England

101 (57.3 overs)

Jamaica won by 23 runs

Gore CourtSittingbourne

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 GroundEaling

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 ParkDartford

7 July 1973

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England 

191/7 (60 overs)

v  Jamaica

128/9 (49 overs)

England won by 63 runs

Park AvenueBradford

7 July 1973

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Young England [4]

165/7 (60 overs)

v International XI

151/8 (60 overs)

Young England won by 14 runs

Manor FieldsBletchley

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 GroundExmouth

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 ClubKirby Muxloe

14 July 1973

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Young England [5]

90 (51 overs)

v  Trinidad and Tobago

91/5 (38.5 overs)

Trinidad & Tobago won by 5 wickets

Fenner'sCambridge

18 July 1973

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England 

231/6 (60 overs)

v [6] Young England

102/7 (39 overs)

England won by 49 runs (revised target)

Valentines ParkIlford

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

AigburthLiverpool

20 July 1973

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Trinidad and Tobago 

59 (45.5 overs)

v  England

62/2 (25.5 overs)

England won by 8 wickets

Wolverhampton Cricket Club GroundWolverhampton

21 July 1973

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International XI

5/1 (4.4 overs)

v  Australia
No result

St. Helen'sSwansea

21 July 1973

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Young England [7]

174/6 (60 overs)

v  New Zealand

177/7 (58.5 overs)

New Zealand won by 3 wickets

The SaffronsEastbourne

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 GroundBirmingham

Statistics[edit]Edit

Batting averages[edit]Edit

Player[n 1] Team Matches Innings Runs Average Highest Score 100s 50s
Enid Bakewell England 6 4 264 88.00 118 2 0
Lynne Thomas England 5 4 263 87.66 134 1 1
Rachael Heyhoe-Flint England 6 6 257 85.66 114 1 1
Jackie Potter Australia 6 5 167 83.50 57 0 2
Vivalyn Latty-Scott Jamaica 5 5 168 33.60 61 0 2
Geraldine Davies [8]

Young England

5 5 157 31.40 65 0 2
Louise Browne Trinidad and Tobago 6 6 150 30.00 50* 0 1

Bowling averages[edit]Edit

Player[n 2] Team Matches Balls Wickets Average Economy BBI 4wi
Mary Pilling England 6 354 9 10.22 1.55 2/6 0
Nora St Rose Trinidad and Tobago 6 396 8 10.25 1.24 3/16 0
Tina Macpherson Australia 5 253 9 11.00 2.34 5/14 1
June Stephenson England 6 270 7 13.42 2.08 3/4 0
Julia Greenwood [9]

Young England

5 310 9 13.66 2.38 3/21 0
Glynis Hullah [10]

Young England

5 307 8 14.62 2.28 4/8 1
Rosalind Heggs [11]

Young England

6 340 12 14.91 3.15 3/16 0
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