In the first of an occasional series of quizzes, here are fifteen questions on the history of women’s cricket to coincide with the final of the World Cup . Answers at the bottom of the page.
1. In 1958 Betty Wilson was the first player (man or woman) to take 10 wickets and score a century in the same Test. In this match she also became the first woman to achieve which other feat.
2. What is the name of the great English all-rounder (pictured) from Nottinghamshire who In Tests scored 1,078 runs at an average of 59.88, with 4 centuries, as well as taking 50 wickets at an average of 16.62 between 1968 and 1979?
3. Which well-known personality was England captain when the team won the first women’s world cup in 1973, two years before the first men’s World Cup?
4. Which English player was her country’s leading batsman between 1979 and 1998. Her total of 1,935 runs scored at an average of 49, is a record for Test matches?
5. In the 1997 world cup Australia scored a record 412 runs against which unlikely opponents from a nation not well known for cricket?
6. Over how many days does a women’s test match take place?
7. What is the main difference between men’s and women’s cricket in deciding which team wins an Ashes series?
8. In 2000 which nation became the only other team apart from England and Australia to win cricket world cup?
9. Which two European nations other than England have played test cricket, each having played just one match?
10. In 2014 the woman in the picture became the first female player inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. She is the record holder for most test and One Day International runs, and ODI appearances for Australia. Can you name her?
11. In 2009 which England batsman (on the right in the picture above) was the first woman to be named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year. She was leading run scorer in the 2009 World Cup and was named player of the tournament in England’s winning Twenty20 team?
12. Which team won three successive World Twenty20 titles between 2010 and 2014?
13. Which English batsman (on the left in the picture above) became the first player, man or woman, to score 2500 runs in T20 internationals?
14. Which team won the women’s world Twenty20 Cup in 2016? Their men’s team also won their equivalent tournament.
15. Which Indian player, (pictured) the captain of their team in the 2017 World Cup, is the leading run scorer in ODIs?
- She took the first Women’s Test hat-trick.
- Enid Bakewell
- Rachel Heyhoe-Flint
- Janette Brittin
- Denmark, who were making their only appearance in the competition.
- Four days, compared to men who play over five, although women are expected to bowl more overs in a day.
- The men’s Ashes series is only played in Test matches. The women play a mixture of Test matches and limited overs games worth different points. The highest points score wins the series.
- New Zealand
- Ireland and The Netherlands
- Belinda Clark
- Claire Taylor
- Charlotte Edwards
- West Indies
- Mithali Raj