Cricinfo asked former and current women players for their lasting memories from each of the eight World Cups so far. Gill McConway, the former England director of women's cricket, looks back at the third edition.
I am struggling to remember stories from 27 years back, really.
feature of the 1982 World Cup was that Dickie Bird had been invited to umpire
throughout the tournament.
It was so windy we had to play without bails, because even
the heavy ones wouldn't stay on. Dickie's first game was a warm-up, which a lot of
people had come to watch. There were lots of them pointing and saying, "That's the
famous England umpire."
And then one of the big Australian girls from our
International XI, Rhonda Kendall, hammered the ball to the square-leg area. She hit
it so hard that Dickie, probably still jet-lagged, just dropped to the ground as it
smashed into his leg. I really felt for him.
I noticed he stood a lot further back after that!