West Indies vs England 3-Match ODI Series in 1976

Prudential Cup - West Indies tour of England 3-match one-day international series of the final and 3rd ODI match played between West Indies vs England at Birmingham in 30 and reserve day used in 31st August 1976.

West Indies won the third of the one-day international in this match reduced by rain to 32 overs per side a game, by 50-runs and won the 3-match series with 3-0 at Edgbaston.

After the England 54-runs opening partnership of Dennis Amiss and Barry Wood, their progress was impeded only by Derek Randall who once played with defiance.

This was the conclusive demonstration of the fact that, except perhaps on a turning wicket, West Indies are the stronger in every department of the game, They are, too a vastly entertaining, even spectacular team.

They batted with a plutocratic disrogard for wickets, Tony Greig, England captain who winning the toss and sent West Indies batting first, in on an honest Edgbaston pitch of little pace but which granted some little movement off the seam.

In the second over, bowled by John Lever, Roy Fredericks (1) casually flicked a catch by Graham Barlow at mid-wicket and Sir Vivian Richards (0) catch out by Barry Wood at cover.

That was West Indies 2-7 but they were not worriei Gordon Greenidge and Clive Lloyd simpli increased the ferocity of the attack, They put on 88-runs stand for third wicket partnership in 13-overs.

And run rate more than six an over before the explosive Gordon Greenidge swung Derek Underwood's first ball high to square leg where Mike Hendrick caught it in the run.

Clive Lloyd thundered on, levering hugely spectacular strokes far into the terraces or stands, His bat with its triple layer of rubber handle grips, weighs 21b, 12oz, and he wields it as if it were a child's toy.

He even savaged that model over-limit run-restrictor, Derek Underwood, until he was taken off bewildered.

Clive Lloyd capture the imagination as a giant-albeit a gentle one-playing with ordinary mortals and when he hits with his strength the effect is quite awe-inspiring.

It was Tony Greig's little triumph of the day to bowled to dismiss Clive Lloyd (79) as soon as he came on, Lawrence Rowe scored (45) fluently and with a quieter skill, neat, wristy and in full control until he was wastefully run out.

Deryck Murray dapper and acquisitive, did his share and West Indies eventual total of 223-9 in their allotted 32-overs with run rate almost seven runs per over, was more than they had made in 47.5 overs at Lord's.

Barry Wood and Dennis Amiss began the England innings soundly but without real relevance to the run rate by skilful defensive play and placing they scored 54-runs in 14-overs with three runs per over below the asking rate - before Bernard Julien brought a ball back to bowled out to dismiss Barry Wood (34).

Vanburn Holder began the most successful bowling spell of this series of matches five for 50, when he whipped out Graham Barlow (0) and Graham Gooch (3) before they had time to settle.

When Bernard Julien bowled Dennis Amiss for a brave, through not technically convincing 47 off 54 deliveries seven 4s, that was 88 for four wickets and England were far out of the running.

Tony Greig bowled by Vanburn Holder, walked out as if he whole summer with West Indies was not out of his system and he could concentrate on different and more promising affairs.

Derek Randall's 39 came hectically off facing 29 deliveries including eight boundaries with strike rate of 134.48, it remains to be seen whether he can sustain comparable defiance at five-day Test level, but in two of these matches he has batted and fielded with immense spirit.

Alan Knott (10) and Ian Botham (20) made their late gesture as the innings slowly slid down to its end with 173 for all-out in 31.4 balls.

West Indies bowler Vanburn Holder 5-50 in 10 overs spell, Bernard Julien and Roy Fredericks each took two wickets, and Vivian Richards took 1-4.

The adjudicators declared Vivian Richards named man of the series for West Indies and Derek Randall for England.

Clive Lloyd named Player of the match for his 79 off facing 59-balls included seven 4s and three 6s.

*This above modified Articles reference from (T.G) Author by John Arlott

West Indies vs England 1st ODI at Scarborough - 26th August 1976

West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 84 balls remaining).

England 202/8 in 55 overs with top scorer by Graham Barlow, who was hit debut half century in one-day cricket history) Dennis Amiss (34) and Graham Gooch (32).

West Indies best bowler Andy Roberts 4-32, Michael Holding 2-38, who took two wickets in his debut match in one-day cricket.

West Indies chased 207/4 in 41 overs with top scorer by Vivian Richards (119 off 133-balls), Gordon Greenidge (27) and Clive Lloyd (20) and Collis King (14), who playing his debut match in one-day cricket.

West Indies vs England 2nd ODI at Lord's - 28-29th August 1976

West Indies won by 36 runs.

West Indies 221 all-out in 47.5 overs with top scorer by Vivian Richards (97), Gordon Greenidge (29) and Clive Lloyd (27).

England best bowler Derek Understand 3-27, Tony Greig 2-31, Mike Hendrick 2-34 and Bob Woolmer 2-52.

England 185 all-out in 45.3 overs with top scorer by Derek Randall (88), who was hit debut fifty in one-day cricket history, Alan Knott (22) and Robin Jackman (14).

West Indies best bowler Andy Roberts 4-27, Clive Lloyd 2-4 and Vanburn Holder 2-35.



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