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CALL me tragic but I took a week off to follow the White Ferns' early Women's World Cup games, mainly because a mate's teenage daughter, Sophie Devine, opened the bowling for the Kiwis.

Unfortunately, there weren't many like me. The organisers were pleased with the 1300 hardy souls who braved the rain to witness the New Zealand play Australia in the opening clash at North Sydney Oval and, final aside, attendances went downhill from there.

What is it about women's cricket? This is, after all, the game's showcase. It can only be the poor public perception and, alas, perception is everything. It is entertaining but try telling that to anyone, let alone convincing them to come along.

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