Australia vs West Indies 7th Match Prudential World Cup 1983 Article

Read the article of Australia vs West Indies 7th Match Prudential World Cup 1983 - Prudential World Cup 1983 tournament of the 7th ODI match played between West Indies and Australia at Headingley, Leeds in 11th - 12th June 1983.

A world record-breaking bowling performance by Winston Davis' 7 for 51 after Larry Gomes' crucial 78 helped to West Indies' record 101-run victory over Australia in a reserve day used one-sided game of the seventh match of a Prudential World Cup.

Match Stats :
  • West Indies' 101-run win was their second largest victory by terms of runs in One-day international after their 128-run win against same opponent at Melbourne in the last year, It is the West Indies' biggest win in World Cups, previous biggest win by 92-runs against England at Lord's in 1979 and the sixth biggest win in World Cups.
  • Winston Davis' 7 for 51 was the best bowling figures in One-day international cricket history and also the best-bowling-figures in World Cup history, surpassing the previous record of 6 for 14 held by Australian all-rounder Gary Gilmour against England at same venue in the inaugural 1975 World Cup.

WEST INDIES scored 252/9 (60 Overs) with top scorer by Larry Gomes 78 (153) and Faoud Bacchus 47 (59)

Australia best bowler by Geoff Lawson 3/29 (12) and Dennis Lillee 2/55 (12)

AUSTRALIA scored 151/9 (30.3 Overs) with top scorer by David Hookes 45 (45) and Graham Yallop 29 (26)

West Indies best bowler by Winston Davis 7/51 (10.3) and Andy Roberts 1/14 (7)

Winston Davis named Player of the match for his devastating world record-breaking bowling performance to claimed a career-best 7-wickets for 51-runs in 10.3-overs.

This match reported by Peter McFarline (Third Party Reference from The Age)

A record breaking performance by the newest of the never-ending line of West Indian fast bowlers, Winston Davis, crushed Australia by 101 runs in the World Cup match at Headingley this afternoon. 

Davis, 24, who has played only one Test match, took 7/51 from 10.3 over; as Australia, without the services of injured opener Graeme Wood, crashed to 151 all out in only 30.3 overs.

This was well short of the West Indies innings of 252. Davis, from the Windward Islands which also bred Andy Roberts and Viv Richards, eclipsed the previous best bowling effort in the World Cup, 6/14, by Australian all-rounder Gary Gilmour on the same ground against England in 1975.

The Australians attempted outrageous stroke play in a vain attempt to defy the West Indian pacemen. For a while Kim Hughes, David Hookes, and Graham Yallop were at the crease the tactics worked.

But Davis, who conceded 37 runs from his first five overs was just too much on a wicket where the ball moved around unnervingly and bounced unevenly.

His last 5.3 overs yielded six wickets for only 14 runs as Australia collapsed from 2/114 to 151. They had lived so dangerously that the result was not unexpected.

The loss, although damaging to morale, already badly crippled by the loss last Thursday to Zimbabwe, makes little difference to the Australian hopes of making the semi-finals. Their plans had been to beat India twice and Zimbabwe in the rematch while tacitly conceded one if not two losses to the West Indies, the holders of the cup.

So the fight begins in earnest tomorrow at Trent Bridge, where Australia meets India for the first time. A loss there would put the side out of the running for the semi-finals and, on form, that would not be a denial of natural justice.

Hughes led the furious assault after lunch when he hooked the first two deliveries from Wayne Daniel over the fine-leg rope for six. Twenty runs, including four overthrows, came from that over, and 39 from three, before Daniel, making his first international appearance in seven years, was banished for ever to the outfield.

So successful was the Australian assault that after Hughes paid the usual price for his adventurous spirit, 88 runs came from nine overs.

Hookes and Yallop provided the bulk of these, smashing 59 runs in seven overs with some breathtaking shots of character and belligerence.

Their attitude was that long term survival on this most dangerous of wickets was impossible and that their innings, however short, had to be productive.

It could not last. In the 20th over, Yallop on 29, and after Andy Roberts had dropped an easy chance four runs earlier, top edged Davis to Michael Holding at third man and the slide was on.

The last seven Australian wickets fell for 37 runs in 10.3 overs. Hookes, who top scored with 45 including five boundaries and a five, was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Jeff Dujon at 116 and with him went Australia's last real chance of a surprise victory.

Allan Border. as usual, fought hard for his 17 but the others Ken MacLeay, Rod Marsh, Geoff Lawson, and Dennis Lillee found the pace of Davis and Holding overwhelming.

With Wood certain to miss tomorrow's match, the Australians will have to juggle their batting order and possibly promote Hookes to open with Kepler Wessels.

Now that Hughes has confirmed his own bad form he must drop down the order and allow Yallop to bat at No. 3 even though that will mean the Australians will have to throw out one of their pet theories: that Yallop cannot handle extreme pace.

He has proved before and again today that he handles it a bit better than some others who have played more Tests.

Wood was taken to hospital for X-rays to the right side of his face after he ducked into a short delivery which hit him flush on the jaw.

A hospital spokesman said Wood had not sustained bone damage but that he had severe concussion and would be detained over night

He will rejoin the touring party in Nottingham tomorrow but it is not known when he will be fit enough to play. He will certainly miss tomorrow's game against India at Trent Bridge.

Resuming this morning at 5/160, the West Indies lost wickets regularly but were still able to add 52 runs as the bowlers sent down a succession of wides and no-balls.

In all, the Australians produced 20 no-balls, of which nine were scored off, and 10 wides — an extra 5.1 overs. Geoff Lawson supplied one no-ball and two wides, Rod Hogg 10 no-balls and one wide, Dennis Lillee six no-balls and four wides and Ken Macleay three of each.

Two of the illegitimate deliveries, in fact, should have resulted in wickets. Desmond Haynes was clean bowled by a Hogg no-ball. and top-scorer Larry Gomes edged a Macleay no-ball to Rod Marsh.

This abysmal performance reached tragi-comedy proportions in the second last over when Holding skied a Hogg delivery to third man where Wood ran forward to take what appeared to be an excellent diving catch.

As Wood began to bask in the glory of his deed, he did not hear the frantic cries of his team-mates. The batsmen ran three before poor Wood realised umpire Constant yet again had called no-ball and returned the ball aghast.

The West Indies hero was left-hander Larry Gomes whose innings of 78 was full of lucky escapes and gritty determination.

Lawson was easily the best bowler with 3/29 from 12 overs but started the day badly with two wides in his first three deliveries of the morning. Nevertheless, he transgressed less than his fellow purveyors of pace.



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