Australia vs England 2nd Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1983 Article

Read the article of Australia vs England 2nd Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1983 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 2nd ODI match played between England and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 11th January 1983.

Opener John Dyson's valuable 49 and Geoff Lawson's superb unbeaten 33 before Carl Rackemann, Greg Chappell's Three-wicket hauls and Jeff Thompson's two key wickets helped to Australia comprehensive 31-run victory over England in a low-scoring game of the second match of a Benson & Hedges World Series Cup.

AUSTRALIA scored 180 for all-out (46.4 Overs) with top scorer by John Dyson 49 off 96-balls - who fell one-run short of his half-century - including 3-fours and Geoff Lawson* 33 (37)

England best bowler by Geoff Miller 3/28 (10) and Vic Marks 2/27 (10)

ENGLAND scored 149 for all-out (41.1 Overs) with top scorer by Allan Lamb 49  off 92-balls - who fell one-run short of his half-century - including 6-fours and Ian Botham 18 (30)

Australia best bowler by Greg Chappell
3/17 (5.1) and Carl Rackemann
3/28 (8)

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

Australia, with a show of unbridled hostility from fast bowlers, Carl Rackemann, Jeff Thomson and Rodney Hogg stormed to a remarkable 31-run win over England in the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup match.

The Australians appeared to have squandered their chances when they collapsed for 180 runs in 46.4 of the their 50 overs - - the off spin of Geoff Miller claiming 3-28 and Vic Marks 2-27.

But a near-capacity crowd of 42,030. came roaring to life as first Rackemann then Thomson and Hogg shattered the English equilibrium with perhaps the fastest bowling seen this summer. 

What had looked a reasonably simple task for England became a frantic struggle. and after the softening-up by the speedsters, the gentle medium-pace of vice-captain Greg Chappell was just too much for the tourists. Chappell claimed the last three wickets at a cost of one run in live balls, and England's hopes, given a lift when two vital catches were put to ground. were dashed in a total of 149. The innings ended with the first ball of the 42nd over — and it was just as well for the Australians, who began their Cup campaign with an eight-wicket win over New Zealand in Melbourne on Sunday.

England's lights went out in their first night match of the summer only 15 minutes before lights out at the SCG. and Australia's failure to bowl their allotted overs would have incurred a heavy fine.

As it was, the Australians were able to revel in a success that was one of the most amazing in a type of cricket that rarely fails to produce drama. Neither side had cause to he pleased with their batting. There were some rank bad shots, by the A.ustrahans in particular. with only John Dyson (49) and No 8 Geoff Lawson (33 not out) showing any sort of mastery.

At times Australia did as much as they could to lose the game. Having been bundled out cheaply, they dropped two catches that could have been costly. and conceded 35 sundries — the second highest score in the England total.

Dyson, usually so reliable in the field, missed a chance off Trevor Jesty when he lost the ball against the lights, and Kepler Wessels put Marks down at second slip off what. should have been a regulation catch. But the Englishmen, broken through in the second over by Thomson when he removed make-shift opener David Gower for nine. had their only smell of their target when Allan Lamb and Ian Bedlam were together. 

But they could not cope with the constant pace barrage. They saw Lawson out of the attack after four overs, and were then subjected to Hogg and Rackemann, the strong Queensland pace bowler who has made a remarkable comeback from groin and elbow injuries.

Rackemann took 4-39 against New Zealand in Melbourne, and rocked England last night by skittling Chris Tavaré (6) Derek Randall (5) and Botham (18). The big speedster finished with 3-28 off eight overs to win the Man-of-the-Match award. But it could just as easily have gone to Thomson. who took 2-21 off 10, to Hogg who finished with 1-15 off 10, or to Chappell who claimed 3-17. Lamb. the chunky South African-born right-hander. played a brave but lone hand in top scoring with 49 for the only respectable score of the innings.

The Australian innings. propped tip by Dyson showing all the flair that has emerged in his batting this season, and by Lawson, appeared barely good enough to leave them a fleeting chance. It proved to be all that was needed as the bowlers responded bravely to the need for a supreme effort.

Although they caused a surprise by including two off spinners in their team, the Englishmen were well served by Miller and Marks, who picked up five wickets between them, conceded only 55 runs, and could hardly have made a more significant contribution.



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