World Cup cricket smashes records

July 28 2017

It’s been a summer of success for England’s cricketers as they beat India by nine runs in thrilling final at Lord's to win the Women’s World Cup at Lord’s on 23 July.

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It’s been a summer of success for England’s cricketers as they beat India by nine runs in thrilling final at Lord's to win the Women’s World Cup at Lord’s on 23 July.

Eight matches were played in Bristol at the Brightside Ground in Nevil Road during June and July, with the England v Australia match attracting the biggest crowd of the tournament (excluding the final which was a sell-out) with nearly 5,000 supporters attending. 

 On the field, records have been shattered, providing fans with the highest quality Women’s World Cup to date. The event has seen more runs, more wickets and more players than ever before competing for records on the global stage.  

 The league match between England and South Africa in Bristol saw a record total of 678 runs. That match also saw Tammy Beaumont and Sarah Taylor set a new England ODI partnership record of 275 runs.

Steve Elworthy, the ICC Women’s World Cup Tournament director, said: “We promised that this would be the best-ever ICC Women’s World Cup and I believe that the statistics – on and off the field – show that we have delivered on that pledge. The attendances have been outstanding and they have been treated to some exciting, exhilarating cricket.”

 Unprecedented media coverage, including all 31 games shown live for the first ever time, has seen a global audience of more than 50 million for the group stage games with ICC video content from the group stages being viewed more than 75 million times.

Clare Connor, the chair of the ICC Women’s Committee, added: “The challenge for this tournament was to ensure that we showcased the talent of the world's best cricketers, and to inspire the next generation of girls and women to engage with the game. The quality of cricket has been truly fantastic and the demographics of the crowds we've seen reveal that we have attracted thousands of girls and women to attend. Now we have to retain that level of interest to continue to build a new fan base and drive levels of participation, both in this country and around the world."