It has taken qualifying for the finals to get me to finally post on the Women’s World Cup. Shame on me.
The White Ferns beat Pakistan today by 223 runs to qualify for the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup. They actually qualify top of the table, as England, who have led the tournament until now, were beaten by Australia.
Their path to the final was as follows:
- Def. Aus by 13 runs D-L
- Def. WI by 56 runs
- Def. SA by 199 runs (dismissing SA for 51 runs)
- Loss to Eng by 31 runs
- Def. Ind by 5 wickets
- Def. Pak. by 223 runs (2nd wicket partnership of 262, Suzie Bates 168 off 105)
The final on Sunday should be an awesome game of cricket. Both New Zealand and England are very strong teams, playing very well. Both teams have batters with over 200 runs in the tournament, Claire Taylor (303 runs @ 75.75) and Caroline Atkins (211 @ 52.75) for England and Suzie Bates (273 @ 54.6) and Haidee Tiffen (249 @ 49.8) for New Zealand, as well as in form bowlers, such as Laura Marsh (Eng, 14 wkts) Aimee Mason (NZ, BB 4/2).
New Zealand’s record against England is very good, but of late England has been the stronger team, having beaten us in 4 out of the last 5 completed matches. So let’s hope for a turn around. (Let’s also hope that Cricinfo cover the game properly. Today’s game was only intermittently updated.)