Australia vs England 10th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 Article

Read the article of Australia vs England 10th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 10th ODI match played between England and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 01st February 1987.

Dean Jones' brilliant 93, Steve Waugh's all-round display and Bowlers attack helped to Australia's record 109-run victory over England in a one-sided game of the tenth match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Australia scored 248-5 in 50 overs with top scorer by Dean Jones struck 93 off 100-balls - who fell seven-run short of his century - including 7-fours.

Steve Waugh blasted a unbeaten 49 off 36-balls, Allan Border scored 45 off 95-balls including a boundary, Goeff Marsh hit 28 off 44-balls included 5-fours.

England best bowler by Mike Gatting picked up 3-wickets and one for Neil Foster and Gladstone Small.

England scored 139 for all-out in 47.3 overs with top scorer by Ian Botham struck 45 off 87-balls including 4-fours & a six.

Bill Athey scored 29 off consuming 72-balls including a boundary, David Gower and Allan Lamb both took one-wickets.

Australia best bowler by Steve Waugh picked up 3-wickets for 26-runs in 10-overs, Greg Matthews, Simon O'Donnell both took 2-wickets and one for Dean Jones - Simon Davis.

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

ENGLAND'S comprehensive defeat by 109 runs by Australia here yesterday means they must beat West Indies in their last preliminary game, in Devonport, Tasmania, tomorrow, if they are to reach the finals of the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Even that is not absolutely certain because, if West Indies defeat Australia in the last preliminary game, a day/night affair in Sydney on Friday, they might yet squeeze ahead of England on striking rate.

England, who have lost three successive matches, are now paying the price for their failure to beat Australia in Brisbane and Adelaide, as they ought to have done.

"We knew it was going to be a long, hard tour," said Mike Gatting, and we know we haven't played well in recent games. We've got a lot of nig gling injuries, which hasn't helped, and the lads are tired.

"Now we've got the hard route, and it's simply up to all of us to preform well in Devonport. I shall certainly recommend to the TCCCB that in future the number of preliminary games in this competition is cut down."

He indicated that Botham would open the innings against West Indies tomorrow, as he did yesterday but was not optimistic that Dilley's shoulder injury would allow him to play. Dilley missed out today.

On this occasion England's bowling, overall was much less distinguished and, with Border making 45, Jones 93 and Waugh an even more shining 49 not out, Australia made 248 for five wickets, 84 of them off the last 10 overs.

Facing such a substantial target even Botham, at No. 2. could not put England seriously in the hunt. He had made 45 in 26 overs wen falling to an astonishing return catch by Matthews. Anyone brave enoug to go for a full-blooded drive from botham deserves a medal.

It was 87 for five then and the die almost cast. But what had been more distressing, after Broad had dragged a ball on to his stumps in the second over of the innings, was to see the next three England batsmen needlessly getting themselves out.

Having made an assured start, Gower, caught at mid-wicket, went to a lazy shot Gatting, who was also caught close in on the leg side, paid the penalty for never getting into proper position for his attempted stroke.

The odds must have been distinctly short on Lamb being run out by his partner in a third consecutive innings. Botham sent him back after projecting a leg-side single, and Lamb had no chance.

By the time Botham departed, England's cause was forlorn and the rest, until the last ball of the innings, was anti-climax, agreeable enough in the circumstances, for a crowd of 58,580.

England's later batsmen set their sights, though not consistently, on using up the remaining overs to assist striking rate. Fifteen balls remained when Small struck a slow full toss from Jones to deep mid-wicket where Matthews held another spectacular catch.

Australia would have made a lot less if Botham had not missed a difficult slip chance off Small when Border had made 10, and if Jones, on 45, had been stumped off Gatting, as the replay suggested, he should have been.

French was having his first game since the Victorian fixture, which ended on Dec 9. Richards, a very hard and successful tour behind him, was certainly due for a rest.

Whereas DeFreitas' first six overs cost only 13, Small's went for 29 and Australia's first wicket raised 61 off 16 before the flexible Marsh, outscoring Border, was caught at deep cover off Foster.

Botham and Foster applied a modest brake, but Australia were 127 in the 33rd over when Border fell to the first of two exciting catches-this one by Athey, one-handed, jumping high at mid-wicket.

About this time, a scintillating attack by Jones had Emburey's first three overs going for 25 and Gatting productively taking over in the firing line. The captain soon had Ritchie stumped down the off-side and Wellham sensationally-I use the word advisedly- caught by Lamb at mid-wicket.

The ball appeared to have cleared the fielder when Lamb, leaping high to his right, and backwards, as well, plucked the most unlikely catch I have seen all season here. For someone struggling with a tweaked hamstring, it was a superb effort.

Several of his fielders have poor throwing arms and Gatting has to station himself a long way form the hub of affairs.

Jones, still to make an international hundred on his own ground, made his 93 off 100 balls, Waugh, 49 off 36, with seven memorably fine fours, and three wickets for 26, was named Man of the Match.



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