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Australia vs New Zealand 1st Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1980/81 Highlights

Cricket Highlights - Australia vs New Zealand 1st Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1980/81


Watch the highlights of Australia vs New Zealand 1st Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1980/81 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 1st ODI match played between New Zealand and Australia at Adelaide Oval in 23rd November 1980.

Pace bowler Ewen Chatfield's maiden five-wicket haul before opener John Wright's half-century, Middle-order batsmen Geoff Howarth and Richard Hadlee helped to New Zealand tense three-wicket victory over Australia and registered their historic first ODI win against Australia in the first match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Match Stats :
  • Even Chatfield became the third New Zealand bowler to claimed a five-wicket haul in One-day internationals after Richard Collinge and Lance Cairns.
  • Even Chatfield became the first New Zealand bowler to take a five-wicket haul against Australia in One-day international cricket history.

AUSTRALIA scored 217/9 (50 Overs) with top scorer by John Dyson 69 (120) and Rod Marsh 44 (30)

New Zealand best bowler by Ewen Chatfield 5/34 (10) and Lance Cairns 3/58 (10)

NEW ZEALAND chased 219/7 (49.1 Overs) with top scorer by John Wright 60 (128) and Richard Hadlee 39 (29)

Australia best bowler by Dennis Lillee 3/40 (10) and Shaun Graf 1/40 (10)


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



New Zealand maintained their unbeaten tour record and emphasised one-day cricket limitations in the first Benson and Hedges World Series Cup Adelaide Oval.

New Zealand won by three wickets, scoring 7-219 to Australia's 50-over total of 217-9 — the winning runs coming off the first ball of the last over from Geoff Lawson. But although the Kiwis waited until the final over to put the result beyond doubt, Australia were never in the running alter their failure to put a respectable score on the board.

Greg Chappell. the Australian captain, claimed that the toss, won by New Zealand, was worth between 15 and 30 runs on a wicket that was at its. best for the bowlers during the first hour. And although it took Ewan Chatfield two and a half hours to dismiss Australia's first three batsmen, the Australians were never able to get on top of the tight New Zealand bowling.

The 50th over proved the exception when Rod Marsh, sensing Australia's difficulty in topping 200, took to the awkward-looking medium-pacer, Lance Cairns. to slant 26 runs. The left-handed Marsh was at his belligerant best and slammed 6, 4, 6, 4, 6 before skying the last ball of the innings to the square leg where John Brace well, substituting for Jeremy Coney, took the last of his four catches.

Coney was able to bowl only four overs before being forced off with rib muscle strain, and it seems unlikely that he will play in the match in Sydney.

His absence enabled Brace well to create what might well be a record for a substitute fields• man when he caught Graerne Wood (25), John Dyson (69), Shaun Graf (0) and Marsh (44).

Three of Bracewell's catches were off Chatfield's bowling, and the man who had to be given the kiss of life after being struck by a ball from England's Peter Lever in 1975 ended with the $500 man-of-the-match award for 5-34 off his 10 overs.

But it was also the One bowling by Richard Hadlee, who conceded only 25 runs, and Martin Sneddcn, who conceded 34, that kept the Australians pinned down in the vital early stages.

The Australian team which had appeared no well balanced for limited-over cricket, were unable to take advantage of their strong batting line-up against the tight line bowled by the Kiwis.

The mystery of the day was the choice of Doug Walters as 12th man. Walters may not have turned the tide in Australia's favour, but he is a batsman capable of pushing the scoring rate, and his bowling is not easy to force away.

But Walters was merely a spectator as the Australians bogged down and then lost seven wickets for 75 runs, including a spell in which four wickets crashed for eight runs in only two oers.

If Dyson's 69 was slow for one-day cricket - it took almost two and a half hours - it was an important contribution on which the later batsmen failed to capitalise Dyson was the anchor, and shared stands of 37 with Wood, 55 in even time with Greg Chappell (25), and 50 in 35 minutes with Kim Hughes (20).

The desire to chase the runs was evident in a switch in the batting order that had Trevor Chappell dropped to No 8, but the accurate bustling and splen-did fielding of New Zealand kept the flow contained.

The Australian fielding, despite the run-outs of Paul McEwan, and the captain Geoff Howarth, to end a 73-run partnership with John Wright, was not in the same class as the tourists', and a number of mis-fields were shaded by the drop-ping of two vital catches.

John Parker was put down by Greg Chappell who missed an oserhead caught-and-bowled chance with the score 4-156, and Hadlee, a dangerous left-hand batsman, was dropped by Allan Border at deep mid-wicket off Dennis Lillee with the total 177-4.

The fifth-wicket partnership had yielded five and 26 when the respective chances went down, but flourished for 47 runs to lift the New Zealanders to within 20 runs of victory by the time it was ended by Lillee in the 45th over.