Australia and England have recorded the biggest wins in Women’s World Cup history. 

During the 1997 edition, Australia registered the biggest win in Women’s World Cup as they secured a 363-win victory over Denmark at the Middle Income Group Ground in Mumbai.

Electing to bat first, Australia rode on captain Belinda Clark’s unbeaten double century to post a mammoth 412/3 in their quota of 50 overs. Clark smashed 229 runs off just 155 balls and stitched crucial partnerships with opening partner Lisa Keightley (60) and Karen Rolton (64).

In reply, Denmark lost wickets at regular intervals as they were bundled out for 49. Rolton picked three wickets for Australia while Cathryn Fitzpatrick and Charmaine Mason bagged two dismissals each.

The previous record for biggest win in the Women’s World Cup was also held by the mighty Australians. Six-time champions Australia thrashed Netherlands by 255 runs during a 1988 Women’s World Cup match in Perth. 

The hosts posted 284/1 in their 60 overs courtesy twin hundreds from openers Lindsay Reeler (143 not out) and Ruth Buckstein (100). Lyn Larsen-led Australia later skittled out Netherlands for just 29 runs to secure a massive 255-run victory.

Meanwhile, England feature on third and fourth in the list for biggest wins in the Women’s World Cup.

Under captain Karen Smithies, England defeated Denmark by a massive 239 runs during a 1993 Women’s World Cup match at Banstead. 

In the following edition of Women’s World Cup in 1997, four-time champions England once again put in another commanding performance as they hammered Pakistan by 230 runs at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Vijayawada, India.

New Zealand completes the top five list for biggest wins in the Women’s World Cup. The Kiwis claimed an impressive 223-run victory over Pakistan at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney in 2009.

Biggest wins in Women’s World Cup

Winner Margin Target Opposition Ground Match Date 
Australia Women 363 runs 413 Denmark Women Mumbai 16 December 1997
Australia Women 255 runs 285 Netherlands Women Perth  29 November 1988
England Women 239 runs 287 Denmark Women Banstead 20 July 1993
England Women 230 runs 377  Pakistan Women Vijaywada 12 December 1997
New Zealand Women 223 runs 374  Pakistan Women Sydney 19 March 1999
England Women 214 runs 285 Sri Lanka Women Pretoria  24 March 2005
New Zealand Women 210 runs 298 Netherlands Women Sydney 4 December 1988
West Indies Women  209 runs 369  Sri Lanka Women Mumbai 3 February 2013
England Women 208 runs 325 Ireland Women  Pune 16 December 1997
Australia Women 200 runs 283 Sri Lanka Women Christchurch 1 December 2000 

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