1975 Cricket World Cup

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1975 Prudential Cup
Dates 7 June – 21 June
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format One Day International
Tournament format(s) Round robin and Knockout
Host(s) England
Champions  West Indies (1st title)
Participants 8
Matches played 15
Attendance 158,000 (10,533 per match)
Most runs New Zealand Glenn Turner (333)
Most wickets Australia Gary Gilmour (11)
1979

The 1975 Cricket World Cup (officially called the Prudential Cup) was the first edition of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricket World Cup. It was held from 7 to 21 June 1975 in England. The tournament was sponsored by Prudential Assurance Company and had 8 participating countries. These were the 6 Test playing teams of that time (namely Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan & West Indies) and Sri Lanka & East Africa. The preliminary matches were played in 2 groups of 4 each. The top two teams from each group then played the knock-out rounds of semi-finals and final.

The matches were played as 60 overs per team in traditional white clothing and with red balls. They were all played during the day and, hence, started early. One of the most bizarre batting efforts in one-day history was made by Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar. England scored 334 (4 wickets, 60 overs) with Dennis Amiss (137 from 147 balls, 18 fours) scoring the first ever World Cup century, nobly supported by Keith Fletcher (68 from 107 balls, 4 fours, 1 six). The response of Gavaskar (36 from 174 balls, 1 four) was to bat through the 60 overs for 36 not out.

The Prudential Cup was lifted by Clive Lloyd, captain of West Indies, who had started the tournament as the favourites.

This was the only ODI World Cup which didn't feature a sub-continent team in the semi-finals.

Format[edit]

The format of the first world cup was 2 groups of six teams, each team playing each other. The top two team from each group then advance to the Semi Finals where the winners then advance (qualified) to the finals.

The first Cricket World Cup was played in England on seven different venues. A total of 16 matches were played in 1975 Cricket World Cup including 2 Semifinals and a Final match.[1]

Participants[edit]

England hosted the all of first three competitions. The ICC decided that England should host the first tournament because it was ready to put the resources needed in organising the inaugural event. India proposed that it should host the third Cricket World Cup, but most ICC members believed England was a more suitable venue because longer period of daylight in June. This meant that a match could be completed in one day.[2]

The following 8 teams qualified for the final tournament. Sri Lanka and East Africa were the only two teams without Test status.

Venues[edit]

London London
Lord's Cricket Ground The Oval
Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 23,500
Lord's Pavillion.jpg The Oval Pavilion.jpg
Birmingham Manchester
Edgbaston Cricket Ground Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Capacity: 21,000 Capacity: 19,000
Edgbaston Cricket Ground Pavillion.jpg Old Trafford Pavilion.JPG
Nottingham Leeds
Trent Bridge Headingley Stadium
Capacity: 15,350 Capacity: 14,000
Trent Bridge Pavilion End.jpg Headingley Cricket Stadium.jpg

Squads[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W L NR RR
 England 12 3 3 0 0 4.94
 New Zealand 8 3 2 1 0 4.07
 India 4 3 1 2 0 3.24
East Africa 0 3 0 3 0 1.90
7 June 1975
Scorecard
 England
334/4 (60 overs)
v
 India
132/3 (60 overs)
England won by 202 runs
Lord's, London, England
7 June 1975
Scorecard
 New Zealand
309/5 (60 overs)
v
East Africa
128/8 (60 overs)
New Zealand won by 181 runs
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
11 June 1975
Scorecard
 England
266/6 (60 overs)
v
 New Zealand
186 (60 overs)
England won by 80 runs
Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England
11 June 1975
Scorecard
East Africa
120 (55.3 overs)
v
 India
123/0 (29.5 overs)
India won by 10 wickets
Headingley, Leeds, England
14 June 1975
Scorecard
 England
290 (60 overs)
v
East Africa
94 (52.3 overs)
England won by 196 runs
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
14 June 1975
Scorecard
 India
230 (60 overs)
v
 New Zealand
233/6 (58.5 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 wickets
Old Trafford, Manchester, England

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W L NR RR
 West Indies 12 3 3 0 0 4.35
 Australia 8 3 2 1 0 4.43
 Pakistan 4 3 1 2 0 4.45
 Sri Lanka 0 3 0 3 0 2.78
7 June 1975
Scorecard
 Australia
278/7 (60 overs)
v
 Pakistan
205 (53 overs)
Australia won by 73 runs
Headingley, Leeds, England
7 June 1975
Scorecard
 Sri Lanka
86 (37.2 overs)
v
 West Indies
87/1 (20.4 overs)
West Indies won by 9 wickets
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
11 June 1975
Scorecard
 Australia
328/5 (60 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
276/4 (60 overs)
Australia won by 52 runs
Kennington Oval, London, England
11 June 1975
Scorecard
 Pakistan
266/7 (60 overs)
v
 West Indies
267/9 (59.4 overs)
West Indies won by 1 wicket
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
14 June 1975
Scorecard
 Australia
192 (53.4 overs)
v
 West Indies
195/3 (46 overs)
West Indies won by 7 wicket
Kennington Oval, London, England
14 June 1975
Scorecard
 Pakistan
330/6 (60 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
138 (50.1 overs)
Pakistan won by 192 runs
Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
18 June – Leeds
  England 93  
  Australia 94/6  
 
21 June – London
      Australia 274
    West Indies 291/8
18 June – London
  New Zealand 158
  West Indies 159/5  

Semifinals[edit]

In the best World Cup performance to date by a bowler, Gary Gilmour took six for fourteen as England were bowled out for 93 (36.2 overs), after having fallen to 37/7. Australia initially suffered a collapse just as dramatic, falling to 39/6, before Gilmour (28 from 28 balls, 5 fours) brought them home in a fantastic all-round performance.

The West Indies won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat first. New Zealand batted well against the bowling at first, reaching 98/1. However, when captain Glenn Turner (36 from 74 balls, 3 fours) and Geoff Howarth (51 from 93 balls, 3 fours) fell, breaking a second-wicket partnership of 90 runs, New Zealand lost 9/60 to fall to 158 (all out, 52.2 overs). The West Indies responded, with Alvin Kallicharan (72 from 92 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) and Gordon Greenidge (55 from 95 balls, 9 fours, 1 six) sharing a second-wicket partnership of 125 runs that brought the West Indies to their target.

18 June 1975
Scorecard
 England
93 (36.2 overs)
v
 Australia
94/6 (28.4 overs)
Australia won by 4 wickets
Headingley, Leeds, England
18 June 1975
Scorecard
 New Zealand
158 (52.2 overs)
v
 West Indies
159/5 (40.1 overs)
West Indies won by 5 wickets
Kennington Oval, London, England

Final[edit]

In the final, the West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs, after an accomplished innings from captain Clive Lloyd (102 from 85 balls, 12 fours, 2 sixes). The Australian innings was marked by top-order batsmen being run out when going for runs after misfields. A total of five of their team were run out, three by Vivian Richards. There was no 'Man of the Series' awarded in 1975.

21 June 1975
Scorecard
 West Indies
291/8 (60 overs)
v
 Australia
274 (58.4 overs)
West Indies won by 17 runs
Lord's, London, England

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