Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 3rd Final 1985 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 3rd Final 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the third final played between West Indies and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 12th February 1985.

Australia vs West Indies Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 3rd Final 1985 Highlights
Michael Holding celebrates after taking a wicket © Channel 9 / Cricket Australia

A devastating bowling spell by Michael Holding's maiden five-wicket haul before Desmond Haynes and Viv Richards' each 76 gives West Indies convincing seven-wicket victory over Australia and clinch the title with 2-1 in a low-scoring game of third final of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Australia scored modest total of 178 for all-out in exact 50 overs with top scorer by Simon O'Donnell struck 69 off 80-balls including 3-fours & 2-sixes.

Graeme Wood scored a unbeaten 36 off 60-balls including a boundary, Kepler Wessels 17 and Dean Jones 16.

West Indies best bowler by Michael Holding claimed a career-best 5-wicket haul for 26-runs in 10-overs including a maiden, Joel Garner took 2-wickets and one for Winston Davis - Viv Richards.

West Indies chased 179-3 in 47 overs with top scorer by Viv Richards cracked a 76 off 104-balls including four boundaries.

Gordon Greenidge scored a unbeaten 76 off 133-balls without a boundary and Gus Logie 11 not out.

Australia best bowler by Craig McDermott took 2-wickets for 36-runs in 10-overs including two maidens.

Viv Richards and Michael Holding shared player of the series for West Indies, Richard contributed 651 runs with 13-wickets and Holding took 16.

Allan Border earned player of the series for Australia, He contributed 590 runs.

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

THE fast bowling skills of Michael Holding and the belligerent batting of Viv Richards and Desmond Haynes swept the West Indies to a seven-wicket win over Australia with three overs to spare in Sydney

The West Indies received £21,350 ($A32,000) for being 2-1 victors in the finals of the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup, and Australia were awarded £10,600 ($A16,000). The player of the finals award was shared by Holding and Australia's captain, Allan Border.

The West Indians' total prize money from the competition was £45,000 ($A67,500), which with £19,500 ($A29,000) from the recent Test series, gave them £64,500 ($A96,500) compared with the Australians £46,700 ($A70,000) £26,700 ($A40,000) from the Cup competition, £20,000 ($A30,000) from the Test series.

Holding seized five for nine off 34 balls as Australia, sent in to bat on a good pitch in humid conditions, lost seven men for 42 in 17-3 overs to sink from 47 for no wicket to 89 for seven before recovering to 178-their lowest score in eight cup matches against the West Indies this season.

Then, in front of a crowd of 31,599. Richards and Haynes shared a typically aggressive third wicket partnership of 127 off 29-2 overs to ensure victory. It was the fourth time the West Indies had won the Cup, following their defeat of England in 1979-80 and Australia in 1981-82 and 1983-84.

Woods' injury

After the match. Clive Llord, the West Indies captain, said: "We were really keved up. We came out with the old West Indian flair. I asked the boys to put a little bit extra into his game. It was needed.

"The Australians panicked a little bit with the shots they played, and Graeme Wood's injury was a setback."

Border said: "The West Indi n bowlers gave us more width in Melbourne on Sunday. Tonig they were back to business. It was one of those unfortunate nights that you have nightmares about."

The Australians again torpedoed any slim chance they had by dropping two straightforward catches-both off Haynes.

When 22, at 27 for one in the 11th over, he was put down by Jones at square leg off Lawson, who bowled superbly without reward, and when 50, at 107 for two in the 30th over, he was missed at the wicket by Phillips off McCurdy.

Australia's surprisingly fragile innings was bolstered by a forceful 69 from Victoria's sturdy all-rounder, O'Donnell, 22, who, given lives at 44 and 58, added 87 off 16.1 overs with McCurdy and injured opener Wood for the eighth and ninth wickets.

Wood's left forefinger was cracked by a rearing delivery from Davis and he retired hurt immediately at 25 with the total 37 in the 13th over. He returned courageously at 125 for eight after 40 overs.

Joel Garner's two for 34 gave him 101 wickets (average 19.4) in 67 one-day internationals. The only other West Indian to take 100 wickets in one-day internationals is Holding-112 at 21-54 in 78 games.

Hughes injured

Australia were without their former Test captain, Kim Hughes, who sprained his right ankle while jogging on Monday evening. He was to have played instead of Steve Smith, who fractured his right ring finger when fielding early in the West Indies innings of the second final in Melbourne on Sunday.

For the third consecutive game, the West Indies were without Greenidge, who is almost certain to return home on Saturday because of a back injury.

Baptiste, who was to have gone back to the Caribbean with Payne, is expected to be retained in the West Indies squad of 14 for the World Championship Tournament, which starts in Melbourne on Sunday when Australia play England.



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