Christ Church, April 3: Australian starter Rachael Haynes broke New Zealand great Debbie Hockley’s long-standing record on Sunday by scoring the most runs at an ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, during the final against England at Hagley Oval.
Haynes, 35, a veteran of 76 WODIs, broke Hockley’s record (456 runs at the 1997 World Cup) when she cut England’s Charlie Dean to the limit during their innings in Christchurch.
Many female batsmen came close to breaking Hockley’s record of almost 25 years, with England’s Tammy Beaumont scoring 410 runs in the 2017 edition and South Africa starter Laura Wolvaardt not far behind this year.
Wolvaardt had 433 runs before South Africa’s semi-final against England, but was ruled out for a duck in the semi-final clash as the Proteas were eliminated.
That paved the way for Haynes to reclaim the record as he maintained his excellent tournament to date with another strong contribution in Sunday’s final. The left-hander scored a superb 130 in the tournament opener against England, which Australia won by 12 runs, and scored a further two half-centuries before the final.
Haynes was eventually ruled out for 68 runs in the final, caught by Tammy Beaumont opposite Sophie Ecclestone, taking her tally to 497 runs for the tournament at an impressive 71 average.
Australia were sailing very well by a mammoth total, having lost just one wicket after 43.1 overs at a score of 280/1. Starter Alyssa Healy was undefeated at 147, while Beth Mooney wasn’t out at 51.