Australia vs West Indies 12th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1985 Article

Read the article of Australia vs West Indies 12th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 12th ODI match played between West Indies and Australia at Adelaide Oval in 27th January 1985.

Pace bowling attack from Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall's combined 5-wickets before Viv Richards' half-century and Captain Clive Lloyd's unbeaten 47 helped to West Indies convincing six-wicket victory over Australia, despite a brilliant century by opener Graeme Wood in the 12th match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Match Stats : 
  • Graeme Wood became the second Australian batsman to score a century against West Indies in ODIs after Bruce Laird.
  • Graeme Wood became the third Australian batsman to scored two centuries in ODIs after Greg Chappell (3) and Steve Smith (2).

Australia scored 200-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by Graeme Wood hit 104 off 142-balls - which was his 2nd ODI hundred & his first century against Australia in ODIs - including 6-fours.

Wayne Phillips scored 36 off 37-balls and Steve Smith 21.

West Indies best bowler by Joel Garner 3-17, Malcolm Marshall took 2-wickets and one for Winston Davis.

West Indies chased 201-4 in 43.4 overs with top scorer by Viv Richards struck 51 off 74-balls, Clive Lloyd cracked a unbeaten 47 off 66-balls.

Gordon Greenidge hit 39 off 59-balls and Richie Richardson scored 34 off 40-balls.

Australia best bowler by Craig McDermott takes 2-wickets and Debutant Rod McCurdy - who took 2-wickets on his debut ODI match.

Joel Garner named Player of the match for his pace bowling attack to picked up 3-wickets for 17-runs in 10-overs including three maidens with economy rate of 1.70.

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

ALLAN BORDER, the Australian captain,
admitted he was "a bit sick of playing against the West Indies" after they had won their ninth consecutive World Series Cup match at Adelaide Oval.

Border was speaking only for himself at his post-match Press conference, but he could well have been expressing the thoughts of the majority of disillusioned Australian cricket followers.

"It's getting to the stage where you get sick of the sight of them the same bowlers "Border said. "I'm a bit sick of playing against them, and they're probably sick of playing against us.'

There was a depressing, all-too-familiar pattern to the West Indies comfortable six-wicket win over Australia, with 6.2 overs to spare-201 for four to 200 for nine.

The crowd of 30,728, often booed, slow handclapped and chanted "boring... boring" as the Australians were involved in three run-outs, produced some inept batting and muffed four catches.

In the past 17 one-day internationals between the teams eight in Australia last season, four in the Caribbean last year and five in Australia this season -the West Indies have won 14 and Australia two, with one tied.

Economical Garner

Australia were always going to struggle after losing three for 19 off the first 10-4 overs, with Kepler Wessels running himself out attempting a single to Gus Logie at short cover, Border not offering a shot to Malcolm Marshal and Dean Jones playing on to Joel Garner.

Garner's economical bowling three for 17 off 10 overs - won him the Player of the Match award ahead of century-maker Graeme Wood, who received no sympathy from the vocal crowd through being involved in the run-outs of local heroes Wayne Phillips and Rod McCurdy.

Australia looked to have some hope of reaching at least 220 when left-handers Wood and Philips hurried on 81 off 14 overs until Phillips was run out.

Bad running aside and it was not easy to forget it - Wood played one of the best Australian innings of the summer, and was still there at the end, unbeaten on 104, with six fours, off 142 balls in 197 minutes.

Unlucky Lawson

Wood was responsible for Australia's first fielding lapse when, pedalling backwards, he fell over as the ball lobbed just behind him at mid wicket. Gordon Greenidge was only 10 and the West Indies 30 for none. Geoff Lawson was the unlucky bowler.

Greenidge, when 30 at 92 for one, was dropped by Craig McDermott at deep fine leg off Rodney Hogg; Clive Lloyd, when one at 108 for three, was missed by wicketkeeper Phillips off Simon O'Donnell, and Viv Richards, when 19 at 142 for three, was turfed by Steve Smith at deep backward square leg off Hogg.

The ball went through. Smith's hands and over the fence for six. Earlier, Smith had grabbed a more difficult diving catch in the same place to remove Richie Richardson off McDermott.

When Greenidge left, leg before to McDermott, the West Indies were 103 for three off 21 overs. Richards and Llovd then gathered 96 off 22-3 overs, with Richards hitting McCurdy to Border at short extra cover off the second-last ball of the match.



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