The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in New Zealand, and here we take a look back at the top five bowling spells from that tournament.
Sophie Ecclestone 6/36 vs South Africa
Ecclestone was without a doubt the best bowler at the competition, and the fact that she took 21 wickets easily put her at the top of the list of players who took the most wickets. Ecclestone was right behind her teammate Danni Wyatt in the race for Player of the Match in the semi-final match against South Africa. Ecclestone picked up six wickets in a mesmerizing spell of spin bowling, and Wyatt won the award for Player of the Match. The England left-armer Marizanne Kapp and Mignon du Preez were both bowled by the England left-armer during the middle overs. The England left-armer then quickly cleaned up the tail to ensure that England would advance to the title decider.
Marizanne Kapp 5/45 vs England
At Mount Maunganui, the all-rounder from South Africa collected the first five-wicket haul of the competition with a sensational spell of seam bowling against England. This was the first match of the tournament. The South African veteran Kapp was successful in dismissing a number of important batters. She began by getting rid of Danni Wyatt and Heather Knight with the new ball, and then she returned later to get rid of Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, and Kate Cross. Kapp also contributed a solid 32 with the bat, and it was no surprise that she was named Player of the Match for her heroics. Her performance earned her the honor.
Hannah Rowe 5/55 vs Pakistan
Rowe’s performance against Pakistan was so impressive that it earned her a five-wicket haul for the first time. Despite the fact that Rowe’s bowling during this spell was relatively costly (she allowed almost one run per ball), she was successful in picking up key wickets, including Pakistan’s captain Bismah Maroof and the seasoned Nida Dar.
Nida Dar 4/10 vs West Indies
At the competition, a total of eight bowlers collected four-wicket hauls, but Dar had the best of those with her economical spell during the rain-affected match in Hamilton. The competition had a total of eight bowlers collect four-wicket hauls. The match was shortened to 20 overs for each team, and it was Dar who stood out the most with an outstanding spell that contributed to Pakistan’s victory over the Caribbean side in an unexpected fashion. Dar was able to get rid of the dangerous Deandra Dottin and Shemaine Campbelle, and then she used consecutive deliveries on the final two balls of her spell to get Kycia Knight and Chinelle Henry out of the game.
Hayley Matthews 4/15 vs Bangladesh
The talented West Indies all-rounder, Matthews, ripped through the Bangladesh top-order with relative ease during his spell in Mount Maunganui, which ultimately led to the West Indies winning the match. In the first over of Bangladesh’s attempt to score runs, she bowled Shamima Sultana leg before wicket, and then in the middle of Bangladesh’s innings, she took key wickets from Sharmin Akhter and Nigar Sultana, the captain. This allowed Bangladesh to be contained. Later on in the match, Matthews finished off Fahima Khatun with a perfect bowling to seal the deal for the West Indies and give them the win.
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