Australia vs West Indies 6th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1984 Article

Read the article of Australia vs West Indies 6th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1984 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 6th ODI match played between West Indies and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 17th January 1984.

Desmond Haynes' brilliant century and Bowlers attack helped to West Indies comprehensive 28-run victory over Australia in the sixth match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Match Stats : 
  • Desmond Haynes became the first West Indies batsman to scored two centuries against Australia in ODIs.
  • Desmond Haynes became the third West Indies batsman to scored two centuries in ODIs after Gordon Greenidge (6) and Viv Richards (5).

West Indies scored 223-7 in 49 overs with top scorer by Desmond Haynes hit a unbeaten 108 off 130-balls - which was his 2nd ODI hundred & also his second century against Australia in ODIs - including 8-fours.

Clive Lloyd cracked a 40 off 60-balls including 3-fours & 2-sixes and Viv Richards scored 19 off 26-balls included 3-fours.

Australia best bowler by Goeff Lawson picked up 3-wickets for 30-runs in 10-overs including a maiden, Carl Rackemann and Rodney Hogg both took 2-wickets.

Australia scored 195-9 in 49 overs with top scorer by David Hookes hit 35 off 60-balls including 2-fours.

Greg Ritchie scored 30 off 54-balls including a boundary, Rod Marsh hit 27 off 33-balls included a boundary, Kepler Wessels scored 27 off consuming 77-balls without a boundary, Kim Hughes 19 and Ken MacLeay 15.

West Indies best bowler by Wayne Daniel, Eldine Baptiste, Michael Holding each took 2-wickets and one for Viv Richards.

This match reported by Mike Coward (Third Party Reference from The Age)

The West Indies, despite their dependence on the exploits of one man-opener Desmond Haynes were untroubled to defeat Australia in an uneventful Benson and Hedges World Series Cup match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Despite the absence of fast bowlers Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner and with captain Clive Lloyd off the ground with a damaged little finger- the West Indies still managed an effortless win by 28 runs.

Haynes, in the absence of Gordon Greenidge now the mainstay of the West Indies upper order, returned to his dazzling best with a vengeance, scoring a brilliant undefeated 108. He batted throughout the innings which produced 7/223 and unanimously won the Man of the Match award.

The target had seemed within reach of the Australians after a solid opening stand from Greg Ritchie and Kepler Wessels, but a dramatic late order collapse saw Australia lose its last six wickets for 92.

There was a hint of a contest when left-handers David Hookes and Rod Marsh added 56 in 39 minutes for the fifth wicket, but opening bowlers Wayne Daniel and Michael Holding made sure of a West Indies victory and the precious two points whem they returned for their final spells.

Tailenders Ken MacLeay and Carl Rackemann tried gallantly to steal the match, but in reality the Australian cause had been lost when Gus Logie took a superb catch in the deep to remove top scorer Hookes for 35.

Remarkably the Australians managed only five boundaries in the entire innings. The lacklustre Australian performance bored witless many in the big crowd of 42,383, who to the anger of police and Sydney Cricket Ground officials took to hurling cardboard drink trays on to the ground as a protest against the inactivity of the Australian batsmen.

It was only the second time in eight encounters under lights that the West Indies had beaten Australia.

Australia lost momentum when bulky Greg Ritchie, probably the slowest runner in the Australian team was run out by Wayne Daniel, certainly the slowest member of the West Indies XI.

It was a bad lapse of judgment by Ritchie, who despite more than his share of good fortune had looked at ease in his new role as an opening batsman and with Wessels, had given Australia a solid foundation with a partnership of 68.

Ritchie, so nearly run out at 16, was dropped by Clive Lloyd in the slips when 19, and "caught" off an illegal delivery from Eldine Baptiste when 25. 

He departed after on-driving Baptiste. There may have been three runs at the time of impact, but he ran the second too casually and was inches short of his ground when Daniel bounced his return to an excited Baptiste.

Ritchie's demise prompted a dramatic change in events. Wessels followed 12 minutes later in the 23rd over-leg before wicket to Viv Richards' 10th delivery - and Allan Border followed in the 24th over, smartly caught in the covers by Richards off Baptiste, again most conspicuous in the field.
With the match to be played over 49 over because of the Australians inability to bowl the required 50 overs they were consequently fined $600-the Australians soon fell behind the 4.55 run rate which the West Indians had achieved in natural light.
The predicament of the home side worsened when captain Kim Hughes was bowled off his pads by Baptiste for 19.

Haynes, who arrived in Australia having had one of the most unproductive six-month periods of his seven-year first-class career, searched desperately for an ally as he steadily built the West Indies total.

The one he found, not surprisingly was his indefatigable leader Clive Lloyd who had been reprieved when nine-missed in the deep at square leg by David Hookes off John Maguire.
Lloyd and Haynes, who scored only one half-century and averaged 17.60 in six Tests on the recent tour of India, ran beautifully between wickets. They were together for 16 overs, adding 80 in 66 minutes for the fourth wicket.

The West Indies had desperately required such a liaison after the early departure of Richard Gabriel, Richie Richardson and Viv Richards who was out for only 19, the result of crudely pulling Rodney Hogg to Kepler Wessels at mid-on.

Haynes, who had shown glimpses of his best in gathering 53 against Pakistan in Brisbane at the weekend, played with more assurance as his innings progressed.

But even so he should not have been given the honor of scoring the first 100 of the series. At 56 he firmly drove Maguire, and Ritchie, not renowned for his catching ability, was unable to grasp the chance at mid-on.

Haynes and Lloyd, who did not time the ball as well as he would have expected early in his innings, were bothered by equipment failures - Haynes using three bats and Lloyd two.

Lloyd's timing improved dramatically with the second blade and he highlighted his hand of 40 from 60 balls with two huge sixes off Maguire, one over mid-wicket and the other behind square leg.

When he was given out lbw to Hogg, Haynes had to take charge. Other than Lloyd, none of the West Indies was able to scrounge 20 against a persistent Australian attack, again splendidly piloted by Geoff Lawson, who finished with 3/31 from his 10 overs.

Haynes, who at one stage ap- peared to exchange angry words' with Rod Marsh, batted with great maturity to see out the 49 overs, which occupied 210 minutes. He finished with 108 from 130 balls with eight boundaries.



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