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South Africa and New Zealand to feature in 1000th women’s ODI

Since the first Women's ODI in 1973, 18 teams have played the format

South Africa and New Zealand clash in an International Cricket Council Women’s Championship (IWC) match in Kimberleyon Thursday in what will be the 1000th One Day International since the first ones were played in 1973 as part of the inaugural Women’s World Cup in England. 

After the opening match of that World Cup between New Zealand and Jamaica was abandoned without a ball being bowled on 20 June, 1973, the format kicked off three days later with three other matches - between Australia and Young England (in Bournemouth), between England and an International XI (in Hove) and between New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago (in St. Albans).

An interesting fact is that 18 teams have played ODIs since it took time for women’s cricket to take shape like it is today. England has figured in a record 305 matches while New Zealand (298) and Australia (292) are at number two and three, respectively.

Reigning World Champion Australia, the only one so far to have got automatic qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in England and Wales from 26 June to 23 July, has been the most successful in the format. Australia has won 226 matches and is followed by England and New Zealand with 175 and 147 wins each, respectively.

As for individual performances, nine players have reached 800 points with the bat while three bowlers have achieved that mark so far.

Australia’s Karen Rolton, Belinda Clark, Meg Lanning and Lisa Sthalekar, New Zealand’s Debbie Hockley and Emily Drumm, England’s Claire Taylor and Sarah Taylor, and India’s Mithali Raj have all got to that magic number among batters. Among bowlers, Australia pace bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick and the New Zealand duo of off-spinner Catherine Campbell and medium-pace bowler Katrina Keenan, have touched that mark.

Kathy Cross (38 matches) has umpired the most Women’s ODI matches followed by Gary Baxter (20) and Tony Hill (19). David Jukes (129 matches) has refereed the most matches, followed by Graeme Labrooy (41) and Abdullatief Barnes (25).

Other Trivia:

-          999 matches

-          4 tied matches

-          314,317 runs

-          14,146 wickets

-          532,284 deliveries

-          154 centuries

-          1,229 fifties

-          2,021 ducks

-          91 five-wicket hauls

Of the 14,146 wickets:

-          6,326 caught

-          3,093 bowled

-          1,774 lbw

-          2,141 run out

-          806 stumped

-          5 hit wicket

-          one retired out (Dilani Manodara for SL v WI at Basseterre in 2010)

There have been:

-          2,818 byes

-          6,246 leg-byes

-          19.854 wides

-          1,912 no-balls

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