West Indies vs New Zealand Consolation Final Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 Highlights

Watch the highlights of West Indies vs New Zealand Consolation Final Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket one-day international tournament of the Consolation Final ODI match played between New Zealand and West Indies Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 09th March 1985.

Joel Garner 3-wickets and Viv Richards half century led to West Indies crushing six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the World Championship of Cricket Plate Winners consolation final at the SCG.

New Zealand scored 138-9 in 50 overs with run rate of 2.76 - their top scorer by Jeremy Coney struck 35 off 76-balls including a boundary, John Reid scored 18, Ian Smith 15, Richard Hadlee and John Bracewell both scored 11-runs.

West Indies best bowler by Joel Garner picked up 3-wickets, Roger Harper, Michael Holding both takes two-wickets and one for Winston Davis - Malcolm Marshall.

West Indies chased 139-4 in 37.2 overs with top scorer by Viv Richards 51, Gus Logie scored a unbeaten 34 off 51-balls including 3-fours and Thelston Payne scored 28 off 54-balls included three boundaries.

New Zealand best bowler by Richard Hadlee picked up 3-wickets and one for Even Chatfield.

Viv Richards named Player of the match for his match-winning 51-runs knocked off facing 61-balls including four-fours and a six.

This match reported by Robert James (Third Party Reference from Sunday Telegraph / The Daily Telegraph)

CLIVE LLOYD'S unavailing 25 in Wednesday's unexpected semi-final defeat by Pakistan turned out to be his 88th and last innings for West Indies in one-day internationals.

He was almost touching down in Manchester to see his ailing wife, Waveney, when Jeff Dujon made the winning hit in the losing semi-finalists' play-off here in a disappointing game against New Zealand.

In his absence, Viv Richards took over the leadership for the first time in his own right and from the moment of winning the toss and putting New Zealand in to bat was under no pressure, making sure West Indies would have the consolation of adding £8,400 to their money.

Pinned down by Garner and Marshall, and losing skipper Howarth to an inside-edge lbw decision, the Kiwis were never in the game. Coney battled typically to make 35 off 76 balls, but the highest stand of the innings was 33 for the eighth wicket between him and Hadlee and their 138-9 was never going to be enough.

Hadlee, attacking to two slips and a gully, had an opening spell of 2-8 in six overs, but left-hander Thelston Payne, getting game at last because of Lloyd's premature departure, stabilised the innings with Logie, and Richards, with 51 off 61 deliveries, strolled in and did the rest. Before making room to force Hadlee square on the off-side and missing to be bowled, he signed off with an on-driven six off Bracewell that landed in the 14th row of seats, a hit of 90 yards.

On March 20 the teams resume hostilities in the Caribbean, a congested programme of four Tests and five one-day internationals in nine weeks. 

The popular construction put on the defeat of the 2-5 favourites in the semi-final was that, in three weeks before their game with Pakistan, they had played only a day and a bit's cricket-their Group B qualifier against New Zealand was rained off after an hour, while, though it cost them Larry Gomes, they beat Sri Lanka.

Added to the absence of Greenidge, Gomes's injury was in fact a serious blow. It meant a reconstruction of the batting order with Dujon going up to the left-hander's place at number three. An awkward role for a player used to batting six, where objectives are more clearly defined.

In the event, though, Dujon's 22 was third top score. He was palpably uncertain what type of innings he should play and might have been out several times before he was caught at the wicket cutting Wasim Raja. 

However. explanation of Rudi Webster, who in 20 years has graduated from Warwickshire fast bowler to manager of the West Indies team in the WSC era, and now to much-sought-after sports' psychologist, rang truer. An expert in the field of motivation, establishing his credentials by psyching" Essendon to their first Victorian Football League Pennant for more than a decade at Australian Rules, his close observation of Lloyd's team led him to the unshakeable conclusion that after 18 months' almost non-stop international cricket, they had simply lost their will to win.

"Coming back to win the WSC finals after Australia had beaten them in Sydney in the first match exhausted them," he said. "It was the last great effort they were capable of giv ing. Even the fact that the World championship was Clive's swansong couldn't spur them. I knew for a week before the semi-final Pakistan would win."



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