Australia vs New Zealand 8th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1983 Article

Read the article of Australia vs New Zealand 8th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1983 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 8th ODI match played between New Zealand and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 22nd January 1983.

Opener John Wright's superb 84 and Top-order batsmens before Gary Troup's four-wicket haul and a economical bowling spell by Martin Snedden helped to New Zealand massive 58-run victory over Australia in the eighth match of a Benson & Hedges World Series Cup.

NEW ZEALAND scored 246/6 (50 Overs) with top scorer by John Wright 84 (138) and Bruce Edgar
32 (61)

Australia best bowler by Carl Rackemann 3/52 (10) and Geoff Lawson 1/27 (10)

AUSTRALIA scored 188/9 (44.1 Overs) with top scorer by Kepler Wessels 62 (116) and Greg Chappell 37 (40)

New Zealand best bowler by Gary Troup 4/54 (10) and Martin Snedden 2/12 (7.1)

Australia was handed a humiliating 58-run defeat by New Zealand in the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, leaving the home side riddled with injuries. 

As a result, Australia could be without its three main pace bowlers when it meets England tomorrow in what is shaping up as a vital match in the series.

New Zealand, sent in to bat after won the toss by Australia, scored 246 for lost the six wickets in 50 overs. In reply Australia could manage only nine for 188 in 44.1 overs, with speedster Rodney Hogg retiring hurt.

New Zealand batted brilliantly for its 246, ably led by opener John Wright who was named Man of the Match after his 84 runs knocked in 179 minutes with nine boundaries.

The New Zealand batsmen were well backed up by the bowlers who appeared to have no trouble in disposing of Australia. 

The best performance came from paceman Gary Troup who replaced Jeremy Coney and finished with 4 for 54 in 10 overs, 

New Zealand set up its massive win with a superb opening partnership of 83 in 88 minutes between John Wright and Bruce Edgar.

Bruce Edgar was the first to be dismissed when he was caught behind by Rod Marsh off Carl Rackemann for 32.

Glenn Turner scored 31 and put on a partnership of 68 in 56 minutes with John Wright before he was Lbw to Thomson.

Geoff Howarth made a welcome return to form before he was run out for 30 and was well supported by Richard Hadlee, 21. and not-out batsman Jeff Crowe who made 20.

At the beginaing of its innings Australia required at least five runs an over to have any chance of winning.

Openers John Dyson and Kepler Wessels got a good start, putting on 41 partnership in 61 minutes before John Dyson was dismissed for 21. 

Captain Kim Hughes made a surprise move when he sent middle-order batsman David Hookes in at the No 3. But the gamble failed when David Hookes was caught at point by Richard Hadlee of Lance Cairns for one. 



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