Australia vs New Zealand Only ODI 1983 Article

Read the article of Australia vs New Zealand Only ODI 1983 - New Zealand tour of Australia one & only one-day international match played between New Zealand and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 17th March 1983.

All-round display from Martin Crowe's brisk half-century with two wickets, Economical bowling spell from Richard Hadlee, Martin Snedden and Ewen Chatfield's four-wicket haul helped to New Zealand narrow 14-run victory over Australia in the one-off ODI of a Bushfire Relief Appeal Fund Challenge.

NEW ZEALAND scored 138/8 (35 Overs) with top scorer by Martin Crowe 66 (67) and Jeremy Coney 27 (47)

Australia best bowler by John Maguire 2/9 (7) and Carl Rackemann 2/17 (7)

AUSTRALIA scored 124 for all-out (34 Overs) with top scorer by Ken MacLeay 41 (37) and David Hookes 18 (27)

New Zealand best bowler by Ewen Chatfield 4/20 (7) and Martin Snedden 2/24 (7)

Martin Crowe, the New Zealand all-rounder left behind when the Kiwis toured Australia earlier this summer, proved his worth in the Bushfire Relief Appeal Fund Challenge cricket match at the Sydney Cricket Ground last night.

In a match curtailed 35-overs-per-a-sidr because of rain in the 24 hours before the game. the kiwis bundled Australia out for 124 after setting a modest target of eight for 138 earlier.

The game was late in starting with 90 minute: lost as the ground was prepared after the rain 
Umpires Dick French and Met Johnson declared a 35-over per each side instead of 50-over game.

Martin Crowe, playing at the expense of his brother, Jeff Crowe, lifted the New Zealand innings with a brisk 66 then claimed the valuable wicket of Kim Hughes (13) . . . a match winning performance.

The New Zealanders. who disposed of England 3-0 in a recent series of one-day internationals and trounced Sri Lanka 2-0 in the Test series completed this week, maintained its winning streak. partially avenging its loss to Australia in the final of the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Burly young Auckland all-rounder Martin Crowe 21, named man-of-the -match award - lifted his teammates from the spectre of collapse with a masterful 66 in 77 minutes including two fours and one six. With Jeremy Coney 27, New Zealand innings, although faced with an Australian attack devoid of the front line pacemen. was stumbling at 3/25 before Martin Crowe and Jeremy Coney joined forces for what proved to be a matcn winning partnership of 93 in 61 minutes

It was hard to escape the irony of a chanty match played for victims of recent tragic bushfires in Victoria and South Australia being reduced from 50 to 35 overs because of rain. 

But while the weather kept the crowd down to 7144, including the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, the game, put together with the help of numerous sponsors, raised close to $100,000 for the appeal.

New Zealand, which they scored 138-5 in the alloted 35-overs. dismissed the Australians for 124 bundled out to win by 14 runs. But the match proved of little value as a pointer to fortunes in the Prudential World Cup to be played in England in June. 

Richard Hadlee - The New Zealand pace bowler. who missed the World Series Cup finals with a groin injury, struck one jarring blow that could have repercussions for the McDonald's Cup final between NSW and Western Australia at the SCG on Sunday.

Richard Hadlee dismissed for a duck by Carl Rackernann. Hadlee retired opener Graeme Wood with a blow on the left hand from a ball that lifted sharply on the damp wicket, and showed his economy with 1-15 from seven overs.

But Wood. who is due to open the batting for Western Australia on Sunday, was able to return to the crease at the fall of the eighth wicket for 91 in a valiant attempt with Ken Macleay to pull Australia around and dispelled fears that he may have suffered serious damage by finishing with an unbeaten 11.

There was tittle class about Crowe's innings. It was a case of attack proving the best method of defence, and it was fruitful enough to provide runs off 17 successive balls during the vital middle stages as the New Zealanders sought to accelerate their run rate.

Jeremy Coney's contribution of 27, although lacking the glamor of Crowe's onslaught, was equally as valuable. The Australian innings began badly with the loss of Steve Smith for eight, with only 10 runs on the board, and deteriorated when Wood retired hurt with the score 1/12.

Ewen Chatfield was the most damaging of the New Zealand bowlers, picking up 4/20 off seven overs including the vital wickets of Allan Border (17) ,and Greg Chappell (21)



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