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Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team: The Netherlands women’s national cricket team represents the Kingdom of the Netherlands in international women’s cricket. Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team has nicknamed the Lionesses.
The team is organised by the Royal Dutch Cricket Association, which has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1966.
Royal Dutch Cricket Association was formed in 1883 and received a Royal charter in 1958. In Dutch, The Royal Dutch Cricket Association is named as the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond, KNCB.
The KNCB is responsible for The Netherlands Men’s Cricket team and The Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team, and also for the various domestic competitions, including the Topklasse (Division One) and Hoofdklasse (Division Two) leagues, and the Dutch Twenty20 Cup.
Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team
The Netherlands took part in women’s international cricket from its earliest years. As early as 1937 they hosted the Australians on the first leg of their first-ever Women’s Ashes tour, before visiting England late the same year.
A Dutch women’s team first played an international match in 1937. The Netherlands made its ODI debut in 1984, against New Zealand. Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team made its World Cup debut at the 1988 edition of the tournament, in Australia.
|Team||Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team|
Royal Dutch Cricket Association
Associate member (1966)
|WODI – 12th|
|WT20I – 21st|
|WODI – v New Zealand at Sportpark Koninklijke HFC, Haarlem; 8 August 1984|
|WT20I – v West Indies at Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht; 1 July 2008|
|Only WTest – v South Africa at the Hazelaarweg Stadion, Rotterdam; 28–31 July 2007|
Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team – History
- A Dutch women’s team first played an international match in 1937, when Australia toured on its way to play a series in England.
- The team regularly played fixtures against English club sides over the following decades, but it was not until the early 1980s that regular international competition commenced.
- The Netherlands made its One Day International (ODI) debut in 1984, against New Zealand.
- This was 12 years before the Dutch men’s team played their first ODI.
- They lost that game by 67 runs and were next seen in international cricket in 1988, playing in their first World Cup, in which they finished in last place.
- They finished third in the first European Championship in 1989.
- Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team made its World Cup debut at the 1988 edition of the tournament, in Australia.
- Considered a top-level team from the late 1980s through to the early 2000s, the Netherlands participated in four consecutive World Cups between 1988 and 2000 and made the quarter-finals of the 1997 event.
- Since 2000, the Dutch side has not qualified for either the World Cup or the World Twenty20, although it retained ODI status until the 2011 World Cup Qualifier.
- In 2007, the team played a one-off Test match against South Africa, joining Ireland as the only associate member of the ICC to play at that level.
- In April 2018, the ICC granted full Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) status to all its members.
- Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between the Netherlands women and another international side since 1 July 2018 have been full WT20Is.
- In December 2020, the ICC announced the qualification pathway for the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
- The Netherlands were named in the 2021 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier regional group, alongside five other teams.
- The Netherlands Women’s Cricket team were given their first ever WODI Ranking after their bilateral series in Thailand, played in November 2022.
Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team Squad
Updated as of 1 July 2022
|Sterre Kalis||ODI, T20I|
|Robine Rijke||ODI, T20I|
|Heather Siegers||ODI, T20I|
|Babette de Leede||ODI, T20I|
|Jolien van Vliet||ODI, T20I|
|Silver Siegers||ODI, T20I|
|Eva Lynch||ODI, T20I|
|Caroline de Lange||ODI, T20I|
|Annemijn van Beuge||T20I|
|Iris Zwilling||ODI, T20I|
|Frederique Overdijk||ODI, T20I|
|Hannah Landheer||ODI, T20I|
|Isabel van der Woning||ODI, T20I|
Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team Tournament History
1973: Did not participate
1978: Did not participate
1982: Did not participate
|1988: 5th place|
|1993: 8th place|
|2000: 8th place|
2005: Did not qualify
2009: Did not qualify
2013: Did not qualify
2017: Did not qualify
Women’s World Twenty20
2009: Did not participate
2010: Did not participate
|2012: 3rd Place|
2014: Did not qualify
2016: Did not qualify
2018: Did not qualify
2020: Did not qualify
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier
|2013: 4th (DNQ)|
|2015: 8th (DNQ)|
|2018: 8th (DNQ)|
|2019: 6th (DNQ)|
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Europe Qualifier
|2019: 1st (Q)|
2021: 3rd (DNQ)
|1989: 3rd place|
|1990: 3rd place|
|1991: 4th place|
|1995: 3rd place|
|1999: 4th place|
|2001: 3rd place|
|2005: 4th place|
|2007: 3rd place|
Netherlands Women’s Cricket Team Records
- Highest team total: 375/5 v Japan on 23 July 2003 at Sportpark Thurlede, Schiedam.
- Highest individual score: 142, Pauline te Beest v Japan on 23 July 2003 at Sportpark Thurlede, Schiedam.
- Best innings bowling: 5/20, Cheraldine Oudolf v Sri Lanka on 30 November 1997 at Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy.
Most ODI runs for Netherlands Women
|Pauline te Beest||1361||22.31||1990-2008|
Most ODI wickets for Netherlands Women
|Caroline de Fouw||26||25.3||1991-2008|
|Ariette van Noortwijk||24||19.33||1989-1997|
- Highest team total: 196/3, v Germany on 27 June 2019 at La Manga Club Ground, Cartagena.
- Highest individual innings: 126*, Sterre Kalis v Germany on 27 June 2019 at La Manga Club Ground, Cartagena.
- Best innings bowling: 7/3, Frederique Overdijk v France on 26 August 2021 at La Manga Club Ground, Cartagena.
Most WT20I runs for Netherlands Women
|Babette de Leede||317||21.13||2018-2021|
|Denise van Deventer||307||19.18||2008-2019|
Most WT20I wickets for Netherlands Women
|Caroline de Lange||14||21.85||2019-2021|
Only Test Match
- Highest team total: 108 v South Africa, 28 July 2007 at Hazelaarweg Stadion, Rotterdam.
- Highest individual score: 49, Violet Wattenberg v South Africa, 28 July 2007 at Hazelaarweg Stadion, Rotterdam.
- Best innings bowling: 4/62, Jolet Hartenhof v South Africa, 28 July 2007 at Hazelaarweg Stadion, Rotterdam