ICC Women's World Cup Review
During 2017 the Cooper Associates County Ground had the honour of staging seven matches in the ICC Women’s World Cup.
Here we look back on those matches which saw the best players in the world take to the field at Taunton
Australia v West Indies – Monday June 26th
A near-perfect bowling and batting display laid the foundations for Australia as the holders got their title defence underway with an eight-wicket victory over the West Indies.
Ellyse Perry took three wickets, while Jess Jonassen and Kristen Beams picked up two each as the West Indies were restricted to 204 all out in a repeat of the 2013 final.
The six-time World Champions dominated the chase too, knocking off the target with 11.5 overs to spare as Nicole Bolton stole the show with a graceful century, while Beth Mooney made 70. Bolton’s 116-ball innings included 14 fours, while Mooney hit seven fours and a six in her 85-ball innings.
West Indies v India – Thursday June 29th
India opener Smriti Mandhana struck an unbeaten century to guide her side to a convincing seven-wicket victory over the West Indies.
The 20-year-old left-hander from Mumbai finished undefeated on 106 as India chased down a 184-run target with more than seven overs and three wickets to spare. Mandhana, who scored 90 in the opener against England, faced 108 balls and struck 13 fours and two sixes. She added 108 runs for the third wicket with captain Mithali Raj (46) after India were in a spot of bother at 33 for two.
Earlier, put into bat by Raj, Hayley Matthews had got the West Indies off to a good start despite the loss of Felicia Walters for just nine. However when Matthews chipped one back to Deepti Sharma for 43, the West Indies innings stalled altogether.
India, chasing 184 for victory, lost Punam Raut without a run on the board, which soon became 33 for two following the departure of Deepti Sharma (six). This brought Mandhana and Raj together, who put on a match-winning 108 run partnership to take the game away from the West Indies.
England v Sri Lanka – Sunday July 2nd
Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor slammed half-centuries as England made light work of chasing 205 to defeat Sri Lanka by seven wickets.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka didn’t get off the mark until the fourth over when Hasini Perera struck back-to-back boundaries. The opening batter produced the stand-out knock of the innings as she struck 46 off 62 balls.
Natalie Sciver broke the deadlock and the 24-year-old followed the wicket of Nipuni Hansika with the key dismissal of Chamari Athapaththu.
When a stunning diving catch from Fran Wilson dismissed Dilani Manodara, Sri Lanka were 133 for six with lower-order runs from Oshadhi Ranasinghe (26) and Ama Kanchana (34 not out) vital.
Laura Marsh was the pick of the bowlers taking four for 45 as Sri Lanka were restricted to 204 for eight.
In reply, Knight followed up her century against Pakistan with a 50 brought up with a back-foot punch through the covers off just 57 balls.
Taylor followed her to 50 soon after. She reached the landmark off 58 balls when a full toss from Athapaththu was dispatched to the boundary through midwicket.
Knight was caught at midwicket by Madhavi but England were not to be stopped as Taylor saw them home.
New Zealand v West Indies – Thursday July 6th
Western Storm wicket keeper Rachel Priest smashed a blistering 90 off 55 balls as New Zealand cruised to an eight-wicket victory over the West Indies.
The West Indies struggled after being put in to bat and 150 all out was nowhere near enough.
Leigh Kasperek was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of three for 17 off her 10 overs as the West Indies struggled to get her away.
Priest and Suzie Bates then put on 120 for the opening wicket in a chase that took just 18.2 overs to push New Zealand into the top four after four games.
New Zealand v Pakistan – Saturday July 8th
Sophie Devine smashed the most sixes in an ODI as New Zealand claimed a commanding eight-wicket win over Pakistan.
Devine delivered an exemplary array of hitting, scoring 93 from just 41 balls.
Earlier, Hannah Rowe produced a superb ICC WWC debut to help bowl Pakistan out for 144, showing no nerves in a career-best figures of three for 22.
Sana Mir responded with 50 on her 100th ODI appearance for Pakistan, but five White Ferns bowlers were in the wickets in an almost-perfect team display.
Pakistan started solidly with 35 for no wicket, though off-spinner Leigh Kasperek broke through twice with the new ball.
From there, Rowe stole the show.
Sana’s half-century from 83 balls held together the innings, but wickets tumbled as Lea Tahuhu – playing her 50th ODI – picked up two, while teenage leg-spinner Amelia Kerr also collected a couple.
That left New Zealand chasing 145 with Devine beating the previous six-hitting record of seven in one innings as the White Ferns eased home with 35 overs remaining.
Sri Lanka v South Africa – Wednesday July 12th
Dane van Niekerk produced yet another terrific performance with the ball as South Africa eased to their fourth win of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 with an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.
Having taken four wickets against both the West Indies and India, captain van Niekerk finished with a third four-wicket haul of the tournament, taking her first two wickets within four balls.
Shabnim Ismail chipped in with three wickets as South Africa squeezed the pressure on the opposition whilst 25 apiece for Chamari Polgampala and Dilani Manodara was the best Sri Lanka’s batters could muster.
Despite two early South Africa dismissals, Laura Wolvaardt and Mignon du Preez steadied the ship to take their side across the line in just 23 overs and to a tally of nine on the points table.
South Africa v Australia – Saturday July 15th
Australia beat South Africa by 59 runs to finish second in the eight-team league.
Beth Mooney, Nicole Bolton and Ellyse Perry all struck half-centuries for the Southern Stars with Sune Luus taking five wickets as Australia were all out for 269 in 48.3 overs.
Laura Wolvaardt struck 71 for South Africa but her team was bowled out for 210 as stand-in skipper Rachael Haynes took two for 12 and Perry and Jess Jonassen also grabbed two wickets each.
Haynes, in for the injured Meg Lanning, won the toss and elected to bat with Mooney and Nicole Bolton smashing their second century partnership of the tournament.
Bolton brought up her half-century first with Mooney following her to the landmark just two overs later.
Ayabonga Khaka eventually bowled Mooney with the score on 114 with Haynes dismissed shortly after for a duck followed by Bolton (79) and Elyse Villiani for a golden duck.
Australia were eventually dismissed for 269 in the penultimate over.
After losing Lizelle Lee early, Wolvaardt and Trisha Chetty built steadily with the former bringing up her half-century with a push to deep cover off the bowling of Kristen Beams.
Captain Haynes then dismissed Mignon Du Preez (20) and Wolvaardt in identical fashion in consecutive overs as both batters were caught at deep midwicket by Ashleigh Gardner.
South Africa collapsed from 162-4 to 165-8 in the latter stages and the Proteas were eventually all out in the final over.
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