Australia beat England by 71 runs to win this year’s ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday. A century by Alyssa Healy helped Australia to 356 runs for five in 50 overs, with a goal of 357 runs. Healy hammered 170 runs from 138 balls, using 26 fours. Despite an unbeaten century by Nat Sciver (148 runs off 121 balls), England were knocked out for 285 in 43.4 overs. Alana King and Jess Jonassen were in fantastic form for the Australian bowling division, taking three wickets each. Meanwhile, Megan Schutt, Tahlia McGrath and Ashleigh Gardner each scalped a wicket.
In this article, we’re going to look at the winners of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup since its inception in 1973:
1. 1973: England
England won the inaugural edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup in 1973. In what was a round robin format tournament, each team played against each other once wearing the best outfit on points that yielded the trophy. England topped the points list, winning five of its matches and losing to New Zealand. Australia came in second with four wins and one without a result. England also defeated Australia in the tournament by 92 runs.
2. 1978: Australia
The tournament was India’s debut and it was also the host. Only four teams participated (Australia, England, New Zealand and India), with Australia leading the round robin points table.
3. 1982: Australia
There were five entrants and each team played 12 matches in the round-robin stage, with the top two outfits going head-to-head in the final. Australia came out on top in the final, beating England by three wickets.
4. 1988: Australia
Ireland and the Netherlands made their debut this year and India did not participate in the tournament. Finishing as the top two teams, Australia defeated England by eight wickets in the final.
5. 1993: England
With eight teams participating (including India), New Zealand and England were the top two teams in the round robin stage. England defeated the Kiwis by 67 runs in the final to claim the trophy.
6. 1997: Australia
This is the first time that the Women’s World Cup has been played over 50 overs, with 11 teams taking part. England, Australia, New Zealand and India advanced to the semi-finals. Australia went on to win the final, beating New Zealand by five wickets.
7. 2000: New Zealand
After the round robin stage, India, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia reached the semifinals. In a Trans-Tasman final, New Zealand defeated Australia by four runs to become the third team to lift the trophy.
8. 2005: Australia
India reached the final for the first time this year, but eventually lost to Australia by 98 runs in the final.
9. 2009: England
This year, the teams were split into two groups, with each outfit playing against each other once. The top three teams from each group qualified for the Super Sixes. England and New Zealand won all their group matches and lost one game each in the Super Sixes. England defeated New Zealand in the final by four wickets.
10. 2013: Australia
The West Indies lost to India and England in the group stage, but managed to make it to the Super Sixes, winning all of their three matches. In the final, the Windies lost to Australia by 114 points.
11. 2017: England
The tournament started with a competition phase in which each team faced each other once. The top four teams made it to the semi-finals, with England eventually beating India in a thrilling final at the Lord’s.
12. 2022: Australia
In 2022, Australia won the final, beating England by 71 runs. The tournament also saw India crash out of the group stage and Pakistan also missed the semi-finals.
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