First ever World Cup Semi-final Match in Cricket History

Prudential World Cup tournament first ever World Cup semi-final one-day international (ODI) cricket match played between England vs Australia at Headingley, Leeds in 18th June 1975.

Australia won a high tension-packed World Cup semi-final against England by four wickets with 188-balls remaining, Australia, Which team was won the first ever World Cup semi-final in cricket history.
First ever World Cup Semi-final Match in Cricket History - Gary Gilmour 6 wickets
Gary Gilmour's remarkable 6 for 14 © The Cricketer International

New South Wales left-arm all-rounder Gary Gilmour wrecked England team with a magnificent "double" 6-14 runs and an unbeaten top score of 28-runs.

Gary Gilmour playing in his first World Cup match ruined England's batting when he ripped through the first six batsmen for figure of 6-10 off 58 deliveries at that stage of the game.

With Max Walker and Dennis Lillee chipping in, England collapsed to an all-out total scoring of 93 in 36.2 overs with England skipper Mike Denness scored 27, who was top scorer for England batting line-up.

After a steady start of 17 by Australia, Chris Old, who took 3-2 in seven deliveries and John Snow 2-2 in nine balls, completely shattered Australia's confident approach.
First ever World Cup Semi-final Match in Cricket History - Rod Marsh bowled
Chris Old is jubilant after bowling Rod Marsh © PA Photos

The English pace attack had Australia reeling at 6-39, with Alan Turner (7), Rick McCosker (15), Australia's skipper Ian Chappell (2) and Greg Chappell, who was LBW out by John Snow's over, Ross Edwards (0), and Rod Marsh (5).

It was left to the New South Wales (NSW) captain Doug Walters and Gary Gilmour to get on top of the attack for victory.

They did a great job for Australia, Gary Gilmour scored a unbeaten 28, out-paced Doug Walters steady with unbeaten 20, Gilmour and Walters built the match winning 55-run stand helped to Australia gained their World Cup final place off facing 28.4 overs.

That time The World Cup final at Lord's tickets is sell-out, Taking from the crowd of 25,000.

Seaming the ball at apparent right-angles by Gary Gilmour the 23-year-old bank clerk from New-castle, trapped Dennis Amiss (2), Keith Fletcher (8), Frank Hayes (4) and Alan Knott (0) leg before wicket besides knocking the off-stump out of the pround to bowled Barry Wood (6) and having Tony Greig (7) brilliantly caught by Rod Marsh.

First ever World Cup Semi-final Match in Cricket History - Dennis Amiss lbw
Dennis Amiss is trapped lbw by Gary Gilmour © PA Photos

First ever World Cup Semi-final Match in Cricket History - Barry Wood bowled
Opener Barry Wood is bowled by Gary Gilmour, England v Australia, World Cup semi-final, Leeds, June 18, 1975 © PA Photos
First ever World Cup Semi-final Match in Cricket History - Tony Greig caught out
An acrobatic catch from Rodney Marsh to dismiss Tony Greig © PA Photos

England captain Mike Denness (27) was the first batsman to reach double figures in World Cup semi-final, He shared a 21-run partnership with Geoff Arnold, who remained unbeaten on 18.

Max Walker broke the stand when he bowled the English captain with the second delivery of his second over after lunch.

The consistent Max Walker wrapped up the innings when he trapped Peter Lever leg-before wicket with the second ball of his 10th over, ending the last wicket partnership of 20 in 16 minutes.

Max Walker was fine support for Gary Gilmour and Walker finished with 3-22 off 9.2 overs, including three maidens overs.

England crumbled against a brilliant tactical move by Australian captain Ian Chappell.

Gary Gilmour was unexpectedly thrown the ball to share Australia's opening attack with fiery speedster Dennis Lillee.

Both Australia and England omitted their spinners Ashley Mallett and Derek Underwood respectively from their team to concentrate on a pace attack.

Australia's Gary Gilmour named Player of the match for his all-round performance.



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