Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 2nd Final 1985 Article

Read the article of Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 2nd Final 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the second final played between West Indies and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 10th February 1985.

Richie Richardson, Gus Logie's fifties and Jeff Dujon's unbeaten 39 gives West Indies thrilling four-wicket victory over Australia and level the best-of-three finals with 1-1 in the second final of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Australia scored 271-3 in 50 overs with top scorer by Graeme Wood struck 81 off 119-balls including 6-fours.

Wayne Phillips blasted a unbeaten 56 off 37-balls including 6-fours with strike rate of 151.35, Steve Smith scored 54 off consuming 101-balls included two boundaries and Allan Border hit 39 off 48-balls with one-six & a four.

West Indies best bowler by Michael Holding, Winston Davis and Malcolm Marshall each took one-wickets.

West Indies chased 273-6 in 49.2 overs with top scorer by Gus Logie struck 60 off 56-balls including 5-fours.

Richie Richardson scored 50 off 90-balls including four boundaries, Larry Gomes cracked a 47 off 50-balls included 5-fours.

Desmond Haynes hit 44 off 39-balls including 4-fours, Jeff Dujon cracked a unbeaten 39 off 34-balls included 4-fours.

Australia best bowler by Geoff Lawson, Simon O'Donnell both took 2-wickets and one for Rodney Hogg - Rod McCurdy.

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

CLIVE LLOYD, the West Indies captain, responded emotionally to his team's thrilling four-wicket win with just four balls to spare in the second Benson and Hedges World Series Cup final in front of a 39,746 crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"This was something special. It has given us such a tremendous boost that Australia will have to play very well to win in Sydney in the third and deciding final on Tuesday," he said.

Lloyd surprised pressmen with his depth of feeling for the West Indies' brave victory after an enthralling and exhausting contest in which the West Indies sprinted to 273 for six in reply to Australia's 271 for three.

As he walked into an interview room alongside the dressing rooms rooms Lloyd said Tony Greig should get lost, explaining later that Greig, a former England captain and now a TV commentator in Australia, had written recently that the West Indians could not play under pressure.

"I am very proud of my players," said Lloyd. "We had to play well. It was a magnificent game. If this wasn't pressure, I don't know what was.

"To me, it was cricket intelli- gence. We are a tired team. My players are at the brink. But to come out today and pull this one out of the fire... well, I was Jeff Dujon seaued with bound is the highlight of the summer for me, and it's very close to one of the best wins we've ever had.

Border subdued

"It's been a long trip, what have we been here now four and-a-half to five months and we have had only 16 players to chose from all summer. We are tired, but we are not giving up."

The subdued mood of Allan Border, the Australian captain, was in telling contrast to that of Llovd Obviously, we're down," Border said. "If we had held our catches we would have won. It makes you wonder what you've got to do to beat them."

Desmond Haynes and Richie Richardson gave the West Indies a rousing start with 78 off 15-1 over. And Richardson and Larry Gomes fired the total on to 137 off 27-1 overs before four wickets fell for 42 in 9.4 overs, making it 179 for five off 36.5

Then little Gus Logie plaved an explosive hand of 60 off 56 balls to set up the win, which Jeff Dujon sealed with boundaries through an extra cover off the first two balls of the last over from Rodney Hogg.

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Lloyd said he had been touched when Logie said to him as he returned to the dressing room: "Skipper, this is for you."

With Logie and Dujon in full flight, Hogg and Rod McCurdy were hit for 77 runs off the last 9.2 overs, including 39 off the last 4.2.

Logie was dropped twice-a slack effort by Craig McDermott at wide mid-wicket off Hogg when 28 at 220 for five in the 44th over, and a sharp, diving chance to Geoff Lawson at mid-off from McCurdy when 32 at 225 for five in the 45th.

Earlier, Australia also had enjoyed a successful start from Steve Smith and Graeme Wood. who combined for Australia's first century opening stand of the Cup competition this season.

Smith went in the 30th over at 135 after two hours and Wood followed in the 40th at 186.

In completing his third half-century in six Cup innings over the past three weeks, Smith again played in such a compact. convincing fashion that it will be difficult for the selectors to leave him out of the 17-man team for England this year.

Wood's energetic 81 also eased much of the pressure on his place in the team.

After Border had swung lustily for 39 off 48 balls, Wayne Phillips, whose free-hitting style is suited to the limited-overs game, carved 56 off just 37 balls including 15 and a leg bye off the last over-from Joel Garner.

Lloyd remarked later that he could not remember any time when Garner and Malcolm Marshall had had 120 runs taken off 20 overs between them.

It was confirmed yesterday that Viv Richards, the West Indies vice captain, had won the Benson and Hedges' International Cricketer of the Year award for performances in the Australian season. Richards won a sports car valued at about £20.000 and polled 184 votes to win from Border (124) and Lloyd (104).

Kim Hughes, the former Australian captain, has been recalled for the third Cup final under lights in Sydney tomorrow. He replaces Smith, who fractured his right ring finger when fielding early in the West Indies' innings yesterday.

Hughes resigned the captaincy after the second Test in Brisbane in late November and was omitted from the team after the fourth Test in Melbourne over Christmas.



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