Women's World Cup - 1988

For the World Cup in Australia in 1988, India opted not to participate and the International XI was also not included.

But the advent of Ireland and Holland meant the event retained its status as a five-team tournament played on a double-league format with the top two teams qualifying for the final.

Australia carried on from where they had left off in New Zealand and maintained their dominance by winning seven of the eight preliminary-round matches to earn a final date with England who won six of their matches and lost two.

New Zealand finished third with five wins and Ireland managed two wins, while Holland failed to score a point.

The final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground proved to be a one-sided affair as Australia romped to victory by eight wickets to complete a hat-trick of titles.

Australia batsman Lindsay Reeler enjoyed the best form of her 23-ODI career when she belted two centuries and two half-centuries, scoring 448 runs at a magnificent average of 149.33.

Debbie Hockley of New Zealand was just behind Reeler with 446 runs but with one more match played.

Lyn Fullston continued her love affair with the World Cup when, for the second time running, she finished as the leading wicket-taker with 16.