Australia vs England 2nd Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 Article

Read the article of Australia vs England 2nd Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 2nd ODI match played between England and Australia at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane in 18th January 1987.

Dean Jones' brilliant century and Goeff Marsh's superb 93 sets up Australia pulled off a thrilling 11-run victory over England, despite a fighting century by Bill Athey in a high-voltage game of the second match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Match Stats : 
  • Australia's 11-run win was their joint fifth smallest victory by terms of runs in One-day international and It is their second narrowest win against England in ODIs after their 2-run win at Birmingham in 1981.
  • Dean Jones became the second Australian batsman to scored two centuries against Englan in ODIs after Graeme Wood.
  • Dean Jones became the fourth Australian batsman to score a century in One-day internationals after Greg Chappell, Allan Border and Graeme Wood.
  • Bill Athey became the fifth England batsman to score a hundred against Australia in ODIs.
  • Bill Athey became the fifth England batsman to scored two centuries in ODIs.
  • 178 : Goeff Marsh and Dean Jones set up the record second-wicket partnership for Australia in One-day international, previously held by the unbeaten 157-run stand between Steve Smith and Wayne Phillips against Sri Lanka at Perth in 1985, It is the sixth highest second-wicket partnership in ODIs and the Australia's highest any-wicket stand in ODIs, previously held by the unbeaten 157-run stand for the fourth-wicket between Robbie Kerr and Dean Jones at Melbourne in 1985

Australia scored 261-4 in 50 overs with top scorer by Dean Jones cracked a run-a-ball 101-runs - which was his 3rd ODI hundred and his second century against England in ODIs - including 6-fours & 2-sixes.

Geoff Marsh struck 93 off 121-balls - who fell seven-run short of his century - including four boundaries and Dirk Wellham scored 26 off 58-balls included 4-fours.

England best bowler by Graham Dilley took 2-wickets and one for Gladstone Small - John Emburey.

England scored 250-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by Bill Athey struck 111 off 152-balls - which was his 2nd ODI hundred and his first century against Australia in ODIs - including 10-fours.

Mike Gatting hit 30 off 25-balls including 3-fours & a six, John Emburey blasted a unbeaten 24 off 14-balls included 4-fours, Ian Botham 22 and David Gower 15.

Australia best bowler by Bruce Reid, Steve Waugh, Simon O'Donnell each took 2-wickets and one for Peter Taylor - Greg Matthews.

This match reported by Peter West (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

ENGLAND'S victory march in one-day internationals-five in a row this month, including a second win against West Indies in Brisbane on Saturday-was ended today by Australia, who defeated them by 11 runs in their second preliminary match in the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup.

England's failure to reach their target of 262 was due partly to the way in which Gower, Lamb and Botham all got out to intemperate shots, and partly to the inability of a weary Athey, when nearing his hundred, to advance the tempo at a time when he needed to throw the bat.

Gatting, came in at No. 6, did his best with a rugged 30 off 25 balls, including a big six over long-on, before being bowled by Taylor, Athey, who had started tentatively but then settled down to hold the innings skilfully together, got so bogged down that it took nine overs to move from 85 to 100.

This landmark was attained off 142 balls, and included nine fours mostly hansomely struck. England then needed another 82 runs off their last 10 overs, but with Gatting gone and only five overs left the target was 54.

Richards and DeFreitas perished in the cause before Athey was caught at long-on, leaving Emburey and Small to get an unlikely 34 off the last two overs.

It might so easily have been a different story. England got a good start, 48 off 16 overs, before Broad fell to a stunning catch by Matthews at mid-off.

Gower was so distressed by the pull shot he attempted when bowled by Waugh that, in turning back past the stumps, he knocked all three of them askew with his bat.

It was a gesture totally out of character. The England manager, Peter Lush, said afterwards that he intended to take no action: Gower's reaction, he said, had been purely one of frustration, of disappointment with himself.

Lamb's early dismissal, lofting a catch off Matthews to deep mid-wicket, was as needless as that of Gower, and preceded a hot chance of a return catch to O'Donnell when bowling to Athey on 76. Matthews, so criticised for his bowling in the Test series, contributed a telling 10 overs for 34. 

Botham was thirsting to get after him, but after he had added 57 with Athey, England then being reasonably well on terms with the clock, he heaved at a full toss from O'Donnell, missed it, and was bowled.

A good Australian score was always on the cards after Border had opted to have first use of a pitch-the same as that for Saturday's game-now flat and easy paced.

Marsh and Jones ensured that England would be set a substantial target with a partnership of 178 for the second wicket in less than two hours.

Jones's century today was just the sort or eager, dashing innings a crowd of 21,060- not far short of a record for. Brisbane-had come to see. He completed it off exactly 100 balls received before being bowled by Emburey off the next, and was later named Man of the Match.

Dilley and DeFreitas had gone unrewarded through a tight opening spell when Small had Wellham, another stop-gap Australian opener, well caught by Emburey at deep square leg.
- That made it 48 for one in the 16th over, a useful platform created, and Jones soon signalled his intentions by lifting Botham for six over long-on.

Australia (Marsh and Jones) made 67 off the penultimate 10 overs, then a similar number in the final spurt, as England's attack stuck tenaciously to a difficult task. Jones gave Marsh 16 overs start but still completed his 50 in the same one as his partner.



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