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The day started with Deandra Dottin going 4-0-4-0-0-4 in the first over with the bat. And it finished with Deandra Dottin going 1-W-1-W-W with the ball.

A sensational century by Hayley Matthews and a gritty one by Sophie Devine was bookended by fours, dots and Dottin.

To sum up the opening match of the ICC Women Cricket World Cup 2022 at Bay Oval in Tauranga we borrow a line from the social media post from Cricket West Indies What happened in the Cricket World Cup.

The result, for the record, is that West Indies won by three runs against Devine’s White Ferns.

But the feeling, that probably is a bit more difficult to capture in words, is: welcome back ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

While the match itself was a great spectacle, one cannot help but feel it was a bit more significant than just the result.

It’s been 1,685 days since the epic final at Lord’s between Heather Knight’s England and Mithali Raj’s India. A tournament that changed the landscape for the game.

That was followed by a standalone T20 World Cup in the Caribbean in 2018 and then a magnificent T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020 that culminated with a record 86,000-plus in attendance at MCG.

A head of steam was built up the World Cup in New Zealand was imminent at that time. But the pandemic happened. And by most accounts, women’s sport was hit harder than men’s. And cricket felt it too.

When things started to recover, time and again – barring a few notable exceptions – we saw the men’s game given priority while the women’s game followed as an afterthought.

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