Leading Ladies: First to 100 ODI wickets from each team
Bowlers are often seen as ‘second-class citizens’ in the world of cricket. Their achievements are often overshadowed by those who wield the willow – three-fers not as celebrated as a half-century or a five-fer downplayed in comparison to a century.
But this week Women’s CricZone shines the spotlight on a group of bowlers who were first from their respective countries to breach the 100-wicket barrier in ODIs.
(Note: Numbers shown are those at the end of the match in question)
1. Cathryn Fitzpatrick (Australia)
1 Feb 2003
The world’s fastest bowler became the first woman to take 100 wickets in ODIs on 1st February, 2003. She reached the milestone when she took the wicket of Nooshin Al Khadeer during World Series of Women’s Cricket at Lincoln.
She took 2-27 as Australia defeated India by 59 runs. Fitzpatrick still remains the fastest to 100 ODI wickets, she took only 64 matches to reach the landmark.
2. Clare Taylor (England)
26 Mar 2005
Clare Taylor reached the landmark of 100 wickets in March 2005 during the Women’s World Cup in South Africa. Against Ireland, she had incredible figures of 10-3-13-2, troubling the batters with her seam bowling. She trapped Miriam Grealy in front to become the first player from England to reach the milestone.
Ireland were kept to 93 for 8 chasing 222 as England went on to win the game by 128 runs.
3. Neetu David (India)
1 Apr 2005
The third player to breach the 100-wicket mark in ODIs was Neetu David. The left-arm spinner from India was the first spinner to join the coveted club. She did so when she cleaned up West Indies’ Shane de Silva in the Women’s World Cup 2005. She picked up three for 11 in that game as India won the game by 8 wickets.
4. Anisa Mohammed (West Indies)
12 Sep 2014
Anisa Mohammed is West Indies’ highest ODI wicket-taker with 151 wickets – one of only six to have 150 or more scalps in the format. In 2014, she got Amy Satterthwaite stumped by Merissa Aguilleira to pick up her 100th wicket.
Mohammed had only the solitary wicket to show in that game. But West Indies won the clash at Basseterre on the back of Tremayne Smartt’s five-wicket haul.
5. Shashikala Siriwardene (Sri Lanka)
15 May 2015
Shashikala Siriwardene had an eventful career, and it was no different on the day when she went to on to become first Sri Lankan to reach the landmark at her hometown in Colombo. She took 4-30 including her 100th victim Shamilia Connell before scoring 42 not out to guide Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket win.
Unsurprisingly she won player of the match award for her allround performances on her special day.
6. Sana Mir (Pakistan)
8 Feb 2017
Sana Mir, the legendary allrounder, was Pakistan’s first player to pick up 100 ODI wickets. She was captaining the side in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 against Bangladesh when she achieved the feat. She bowled Jahanara Alam to get to the mark as Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 67 runs. She is still the only woman from Pakistan to take more than 100 wickets in ODIs – she finished with 151 wickets in the format.
7. Dane van Niekerk (South Africa)
15 Feb 2017
Dane van Niekerk was leading the side in the Women’s World Cup Qualifier in 2017 and they were playing against India in the first game of the Super Sixes. The leg-spinner bowled Mona Meshram, India’s opener, for 55 to get to a ton of ODI wickets. She took those at an impressive strike rate of 31.7.
It wasn’t a memorable day for her, though, as South Africa succumbed to a 49-run loss.
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