Benson and Hedges World Series Cup 1979-80

England vs West Indies 2nd final at Sydney - 1980

Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1979-80 - Triangular series of best of 2-match finals of the 2nd final ODI match played between West Indies vs England at Sydney in 22nd January 1980.

The West Indies, the dynamos from the Caribbean, reinforced their World Cup success by impressive performance to clinch the v$50,000 Benson and Hedges World Series Cup with their second successive win against 1979 World Cup final runner-up Team England.

West Indies win a one-sided game, chasing the target of 209 runs for the loss of two wickets with 2.3 overs to spare.

It was the first match win under lights this season for the marauding West Indians and ruined the promoter's hopes for a third and deciding match, due to have been played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 24th January.

The West Indies picked up $32,000 and the Trophy as they repeated the result of 1979's World Cup final at Lord's to leave England with the runner-up cheque of $16000.

Vivian Richards smashed 65-runs off 87-deliveries to be named player of the series but it was West Indian opening batsman Gordon Greenidge, the scourge of England, who carried off the $2,000 award as the player of the match in the finals.

Gordon Greenidge and Vivian Richards shut England out of the contest with a 119-runs stand for second wicket partnership in 106 minutes after Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (17) put on 61 for the first wicket partnership.

But Gordon Greenidge, who hammered 80-runs in the first final match in Melbourne, Greenidge was still there at the end to hit the winning single and finish the game with an unbeaten 98 after passing up the chance for his century.

The win was nothing short of a demolition job as the West Indies went after the lucrative prize money with precision and power, content in the knowledge that they could earn a rest before the third Test against Australia in Adelaide and the cheque

Geoff Boycott was England's top-scorer with an aggressive 63 off 92-balls including eight 4s in 146 minutes.

But despite his contribution, England the first team into the final left the SCG a chastened team.

Geoff Boycott despite his problems of the past few days, looked anything but a man with a weight on his shoulders after England had chosen to bat.

The Yorkshire opener might not enjoy playing when not 100% fit, but he could hardly have been more impressive as he faced up to the West Indies attack.

He began cautiously enough, but positively bloomed when joined by David Gower after losing his opening partner Graham Gooch (23) and Peter Willey (3), both victims of the lanky Joel Garner.

England were 54-2, when David Gower came in the 18th over to help Geoff Boycott bump the run rate up to almost four an over during a 50-minute stand which yielded a valuable 64-runs for third wicket partnership.

Geoff Boycott pulling and driving headed toward his delightful half-century with off-side and on-side drives to the boundary off Vivian Richards and reached his 50 with his best shot.

Showing supreme confidence against West Indies bowler Michael Holding, he picked the finest of gaps to drive the speedster to the fence at extra cover.

Geoff Boycott was 57 when he was dropped at mid-wicket by Clive Lloyd off Collis King.

But Boycott was out a few runs later to an adventurous hook, caught on the fence behind square leg by Gordon Greenidge off Andy Roberts, who was took first of his two wickets.

Left-handed David Gower had employed the unorthodox shot in reaching 27 before edging Michael Holding to wicket-keeper Deryck Murray and it was left to all-rounder Ian Botham to maintain the run chase.

Ian Botham has not enjoyed a happy season with the bat and if he showed an improvement in form in previous day that time, he still had problems with the bat breaking two of them as he raced to 37.

One of the bats disintegrated after he had lofted Andy Roberts into the Members stand for a six and one lucky youngster in the front of the Ladies stand became the proud owner of the damaged equipment.

Benson and Hedges World Series Cup Matches Results : - 

Australia vs West Indies 1st ODI match at Sydney - 27th November 1979, Which was Australia won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining) - West Indies scored 193 (49.3/50 ov); Australia chased 196/5 (47.1/50 ov).

England vs West Indies 2nd ODI match at Sydney - 28th November 1979, which was England won by 2 runs (revised target), England scored 211/8 (50/50 ov); West Indies 196 all-out (47/47 ov, target: 199).

Australia vs England 3rd ODI match at Melbourne - 08th December 1979, which was England won by 3 wickets (with 6 balls remaining), Australia scored 207/9 (50/50 ov); England chased  209/7 (49/50 ov).

Australia vs West Indies 4th ODI match at Melbourne - 09th December 1979, which was West Indies won by 80 runs, West Indies scored 271/2 (48/48 ov); Australia managed 191/8 (48/48 ov).

Australia vs England 5th ODI match at Sydney - 11th December 1979, which was England won by 72 runs, England scored 264/7 (49/49 ov); Australia 192 all-out (47.2/49 ov).

Australia vs West Indies 6th ODI match at Sydney - 21st December 1979, which was Australia won by 7 runs, Australia scored 176/6 (50/50 ov); West Indies 169 all-out (42.5/50 ov).

England vs West Indies 7th ODI match at Brisbane - 23rd December 1979, which was West Indies won by 9 wickets (with 19 balls remaining), England scored 217/8 (50/50 ov); West Indies chased 218/1 (46.5/50 ov).

Australia vs England 8th ODI match at Sydney - 26th December 1979, which was England won by 4 wickets (with 11 balls remaining), Australia scored 194/6 (47/47 ov); England chased 195/6 (45.1/47 ov).

England vs West Indies 9th ODI match at Melbourne - 12th January 1980, which was Match abandoned without a ball bowled.

Australia vs England 10th ODI match at Sydney - 14th January 1980, which was England won by 2 wickets (with 7 balls remaining), Australia scored 163 (48.4/50 ov); England chased 164/8 (48.5/50 ov).

England vs West Indies 11th ODI match at Adelaide - 16th January 1980, which was West Indies won by 107 runs, West Indies scored 246/5 (50/50 ov); England 139 all-out (42.5/50 ov).

Australia vs West Indies 12th ODI match at Sydney - 18th January 1980, which was Australia won by 9 runs
Australia scored 190 (48.3/50 ov); West Indies 181 all-out (49.1/50 ov).

England vs West Indies 1st final at Melbourne - 20th January 1980, which was West Indies won by 2 runs, West Indies scored 215/8 (50/50 ov); England scored 213/7 (50/50 ov).



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