West Indies 1975

2010-12-13 14:27
1975 - West Indies


West Indies

Who was there?
The 6 Test nations England, Australia, West Indies, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, as well as Sri Lanka, who hadn't achieved Test status yet, and a combination East Africa team made up of players from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia).

Tournament Star
Australia's Gary Gilmour who took 6/14 in a semi-final victory over England.

Missed the point
India's legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who scored just 36 over his team's 60 over innings, perhaps in a misplaced effort to force a draw!

What happened in the Final?
The West Indies won the inaugural World Cup (at the time called the Prudential Cup), beating Australia by 17 runs in a scintillating final at Lord's.

It was midsummer's day (June 21), and Lord's needed all the available daylight to cram the match in. It eventually finished at 8.42pm. After Roy Fredericks trod on his wicket as he hooked Lillee out of the ground, Clive Lloyd  took up the fight in memorable fashion, crunching 12 fours and two sixes in his 102, and the eventual 291 for 8 looked too hot for Australia. The early batsmen kept trying quick runs to Viv Richards; he kept running them out. At 233 for 9 it seemed over, but last pair Jeff Thomson and Lillee inched the Aussies to within 18 of victory before the fifth-run-out ended the fun.

Cricket is just like that
At the height of that last-wicket excitement in the final, Lillee slapped a Van Holder no-ball straight to Fredericks at extra cover. The crowd missed the call and rushed on, thinking the match was over. Fredericks tried another run-out, only to see the ball disappear into the horde. "Keep running," shouted Lillee to his mate. When order was restored, umpires Dickie Bird and Tom Spencer declared they could have two runs. "Pig's arse," cried Thommo. "We've been running up and down here all afternoon!" So they gave them three. 


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