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4th August 1976: Lord’s Hosts its First Women’s International

Cricketnext Staff |August 4, 2018, 2:13 PM IST
4th August 1976: Lord’s Hosts its First Women’s International

Nearly three years after the first ever women’s ODI, the Lord’s hosted its first women’s international match on this day in 1976, with World Cup champions England taking on Australia in a 60-over contest.

However, the road to play at the ‘Home of Cricket’ was not an easy one for the side.

It took five years for the women, spearheaded by their skipper Racheal Heyhoe-Flint, to convince the authorities to host an international, with the battle going as far as a threat to bring the case to the Equal Opportunities Commission of United Kingdom. The England captain’s efforts, coupled by their victory in the first World Cup in 1973, earned them an opportunity to play at the iconic venue.

The match was played on the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Cricket Association, and the hosts emerged victorious against their arch rivals.

Electing to bat first, a half-century from Sharon Tredrea in the middle-order allowed the visitors to finish at a respectable 161 before getting bowled out. England had no hesitation chasing down the target, courtesy of half-centuries from Enid Bakewell and Chris Watmough.

The victory helped the hosts level the three-match series, which they would eventually go on to win 2-1.

Since that day, Lord’s has gone on to host 14 more women’s ODIs - the most recent one being the 2017 World Cup Final, in which England beat India by nine runs to lift their fourth title.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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