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England vs West Indies 2nd Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1979/80 Highlights

Cricket Highlights - England vs West Indies 2nd Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1979/80


Watch the highlights of England vs West Indies 2nd Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1979/80 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 2nd ODI match played between West Indies and England at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 28th November 1979.

A Sensational last-over from Ian Botham took last man Colin Croft's wicket as England grab a revenge with last ball win over world champions West Indies in a rain-affected game of the second match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.


ENGLAND scored 211/8 (50 overs) with top scorer by Peter Willey* 58 (67) and Derek Randall 49 (80)

West Indies best bowler by Joel Garner 3/31 (10) and Derick Parry 2/35 (10)

WEST INDIES scored 196 for all-out (47 overs) with top scorer by Lawrence Rowe 60 (89) and Alvin Kallicharran 44 (67)

England best bowler by Derek Underwood 4/44 (10) and Bob Willis 2/35 (6)


This match reported by Brian Mossop (Third Party Reference from SMH)


The West Indies, needing 77 runs off 14 ovens after a 2O-minute rain interruption, lost their last eight wickets for 74 to lose by two runs.

Last man Colin Croft faced the last delivery from Ian Botham with the West Indies three runs from victory. 

The crowd of 6,120 roared as Croft swung and began to run. But it took several minutes to sort out from the confusion that Croft had been bowled.

it was sweet revenge for England. beaten by the West Indies in the World Cup final at Lord's this year. 

The deflated West Indians contemplated their second defeat in two days in the $110,000 series and were faced with the distressing news that captain Clive Lloyd is unlikely to play in the first Test starting in Brisbane on Saturday. 



Lloyd has a badly swollen knee and a twisted ankle and will remain in Sydney today to see a specialist while the rest of the team go to Brisbane.

All-rounder Collis King, suffering from a sinus complaint, and crack batsman Viv Richards are on the list of doubtful starters for the Brisbane Test. 

Opening batsman Gordon Greenidge pulled a hamstring in his breezy innings of 42 last night and will be struggling to be lit by Saturday.

There was little indication of the drama to unfold after England, given first use of the wicket by Lloyd, compiled 211-8 off their 50 overs.

The West Indians, not composed after their loss to Australia on Tuesday, did not look interested in the afternoon proceedings.

The West Indies, renowned as the world's best fielding side, would have surprised anyone seeing them for the first time. Sloppy fielding and lethargy seemed the order of the day.

There was one exception — brilliant catch at wide mid-on by Greenidge. He took the pace off a drive by Mike Brearley by knocking the ball with one hand into the air and then completing the catch to dismiss the England captain for 25.

Even the bowlers seemed reluctant to stretch out, Michael Holding bowling at times off a short run and only Joel Garner kept the batsmen guessing well enough to claim 3-31.

The meat of the England innings was supplied by Derek Randall (49). David Gower (44) and Peter Willey, who made an unbeaten 58 and won the man-of-the-match award.

But Randall could as easily have taken the $500 and the gold medallion for his catch to dismiss Andy Roberts — one of the most incredible dismissals seen at the SCG.

Roberts clipped left-arm spinner Derek Underwood to wide mid-on and Randall, diving full length to his right and falling, managed to stretch two fingers to the ball and hang on to it.

Earlier, the West Indies appeared well on target for a win having reached 122-2 before rain drove the players from the field. 

Greenidge put his side back into a winning position with great support from Lawrence Rowe (60) after young England pace-man Graham Dilley dismissed opener Desmond Haynes (4) with the score 19.

The West Indies, under the one-day rules, were left needing to score 199 off 47 overs to win. But they panicked, as they have done so often in the past, to let England back into the match.

The West Indies' main hope lay in tiny left-hander Alvin Kallicharran, who almost single-handedly engineered a win for his side.

But it was not to be Kallicharran lost five partners while scoring 44 before he was run out to leave the West Indies floundering at 185-5 with two overs remaining.

The West Indies pace trio, Garner, Holding and Croft, were unable to withstand the sustained England pressure. Going into the last over with one wicket in hand, the West Indies mead 10 runs.

Garner managed five of them and Croft two but they were unable to pull off the miracle. Underwood finished as the most successful of the England bowlers with 4-44 but Dilley showed with his 1-21 off six overs that he is an up-and-coming force.