Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 3rd Final 1984 Article

Read the articles of Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 3rd Final 1984 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the third final played between West Indies and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 12th February 1984.

Pace bowling attack from Joel Garner's career-best 5 for 31 before Gus Logie and Jeff Dujon's eighties steers to West Indies emphatic six-wicket victory over Australia and clinch the trophy with 2-0 in a high-prize-increase game of the third final of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Match Stats : 
  • Joel Garner became the second West Indies bowler to claimed a five-wicket haul against Australia in One-day internationals after Winston Davis.
  • Joel Garner became the first West Indies bowler to take two five-wicket hauls in One-day international cricket history.
  • Joel Garner's 5 for 31 was the fourth best bowling figures for West Indies in One-day international and the second best-bowling-figures by an West Indies bowler against Australia in ODIs after Winston Davis' 7 for 51 at Leeds in the last year World Cup.

Australia scored 212-8 in 50 overs with top scorer by Kim Hughes cracked a 65 off 88-balls including 4-fours.

David Boon scored a 39 off 71-balls without a boundary, Rod Marsh hit 35 off 40-balls included 2-fours, Wayne Phillips 22 and Kepler Wessels 17.

West Indies best bowler by Joel Garner claimed a career-best 5-wicket haul for 31-runs in 10-overs including a maiden, Michael Holding, Eldine Baptiste and Winston Davis each took one-wickets.

West Indies chased 213-4 in 45.3 overs with top scorer by Gus Logie cracked a 88 off 103-balls including 8-fours.

Jeff Dujon hit a unbeaten 82 off 109-balls including 9-fours and Richie Richardson scored 27 off 44-balls included 4-fours.

Australia best bowler by Geoff Lawson takes 2-wickets and one for Rodney Hogg - Kepler Wessels.

Joel Garner named Player of the match for his brilliant bowling performance to claimed a career-best 5-wicket haul for 31-runs in 10-overs including a maiden.

This match reported by Alan Shiell (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

RECEIVING prize-money of £56,000 helped to appease the wrath of the West Indians who had to play a third match in the World Series Cup final today when they believed they had won the trophy in Saturday's tied match. But even without Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards, they defeated Australia by six wickets with 4.3 overs to spare to clinch the Cup 2-0.

The West Indians thought they had won the series on Saturday when the second match finished in a tie, 222 for five against the Australians' 222 for eight.

They were adamant that they had won because of having lost fewer wickets, which is how a tie is interpreted in England where many of the West Indians play. However, the rules of this tournament stipulate that in the event of a tie, no account should be taken of wickets.

Prizemoney increase

Bob Parish, the match referee who is a Victorian delegate to, and a past chairman of, the Australian Cricket Board, ordered that a third match had to be played.

ACB officials explained this to Wes Hall, the West Indies team manager, and Rex Funnell, his assistant, during a 30-minute meeting soon after Saturday's game.

Hall said last night: "The discussions we had with the Australian board men were not on whether or not the game should be played, but on what the terms and conditions would be for the third game. I found little to shout about. It was a very easy thing to understand."

Today morning the ACB decided to increase the prize-money by £20,000, lifting the winners' cheque by £14,000 to £35.000 and the losers' by £7,000 to £17,000.

Lloyd was the only West Indian not to attend the presentation ceremony on the ground immediately after the match. This, and the absence today of Lloyd and Richards, the captain and vice-captain, was interpreted in some quarters as a form of protest over the playing of a third match.

Mr Hall stressed last night that Lloyd (hamstring and finger injuries) and Richards (groin) would have played if they had been fit.

After Saturday's remarkable match during which Australia scored 10 runs off the last over, from Garner, to force the tie, the the third match was an anticlimax, with the West Indians often appearing to to have an indifferent attitude and merely to be going through the motions of bowling and fielding and exchanging words with the Australian batsmen.

The crowd was only 19,210 compared with 42,430 on Saturdav.

The West Indies rode to victory on the strength of a fourth-wicket stand of 124 off 153 balls. between Gus Logie (88) and Jeff Dujon (82 not out).

Steve Smith and Greg Ritchie, the Australian batsmen, will have medical examinations in Sydney tomorrow to determine whether they will be fit to leave with the Australian team on Wednesday for the 11-week tour of the West Indies. Both were injured on Saturday, Smith dislocating his left shoulder and tearing ligaments in it, and Ritchie straining the medial ligament in his right knee.

Smith is given little chance of being available so Graeme Wood, the West Australian left-hand opener, is on standby. Ritchie seems certain to tour but David Boon, the Tasmanian, is standing by.



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