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England vs Canada 8th Match Prudential World Cup 1979 Article

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Read the article of England vs Canada 8th Match Prudential World Cup 1979 - Prudential World Cup 1979 tournament of the 8th ODI match first time played between Canada and England at Old Trafford, Manchester in 13th & 14th June 1979.

Devastating spell from Chris Old and Bob Willis sets up to England registered their historic first ODI win against Canada by record 8-wickets and enter into the semi-final in a one-sided game of eighth match of a Prudential World Cup. 

Match Stats :
  • England's 277-ball spare win was the largest victory by terms of balls remaining in One-day international cricket history, surpassing the previous record of 236-balls spare by West Indies against Sri Lanka at same venue in the inaugural 1975 World Cup.
  • England chased 46 was the lowest successful run-chase in One-day internationals, previous lowest chase was 80 by Pakistan against India at Sialkot in the last year.
  • Canada's 45 was the lowest score in One-day international cricket history, previous lowest was Australia's 70 against England at Birmingham in 1977.
  • Chris Old's 4 for 8 was the best bowling figures for England in One-day international and the fourth best bowling figures in World Cups.
  • Bob Willis' 4 for 11 was the joint second best bowling performance for England in One-day international, jointly with John Snow and the joint fifth best bowling figures in World Cups, jointly with John Snow's 4 for 11.
  • Chris Old's economy rate of 0.80 was the best economical figures for England in One-day international, surpassing the previous record of 0.91 economy rate by John Snow against East Africa at Birmingham in the inaugural 1975 World Cup (minimum of 10 or more overs) and the second best economical figures in ODIs after Bishan Bedi's economy rate of 0.50.


The Canadians started promisingly against England in a match interrupted by occasional rain and were 20 for 2 at the lunch bleak: Then fast-bowlers Chris Old and Bob Willis ripped the side apart and they were dismissed for 45, the lowest score in One-day cricket history.


Canada scored 45 for all-out in 40.3 overs with top scorer by Franklyn Dennis hit 29 off consuming 99-balls including two boundaries, Christopher Chappell 5 and Tariq Javed 4.

England best bowler by Chris Old 4-8, Bob Willis claimed a career-best 4-wickets for 11-runs in 10.3-overs including three maidens, Mike Hendrick and Ian Botham both took one-wickets.

England chased 46-2 in 13.5 overs with top scorer by Graham Gooch scored a unbeaten 21 off 31-balls including 2-fours & a six, Geoff Boycott 14 not out and Derek Randall 5.

Canada best bowler by Robert Callender and John Valentine both took one-wickets.

Chris Old named Player of the match for his pace bowling attack to claimed a career-best 4-wickets for 8-runs in 10-overs including five maidens.