1979 ICC Trophy

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1979 ICC Trophy
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format Limited overs cricket
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s)  England
Champions  Sri Lanka (1st title)
Participants 15
Most runs Sri Lanka Duleep Mendis (221)
Most wickets Canada John Vaughan (14)
1982

The 1979 ICC Trophy was a limited overs cricket tournament held in England between 22 May and 21 June 1979. It was the first ICC Trophy tournament to be staged, with matches between the 15 participating teams played over 60 overs a side and with white clothing and red balls. All matches were played in the Midlands.

The two finalists, Sri Lanka and Canada, qualified to take part in the 1979 World Cup. which began on 9 June, just three days after the ICC Trophy semi-finals. The ICC Trophy final was held on 21 June at Worcestershire's ground at New Road, two days before the World Cup final.

East Africa who played in the first World Cup didn't qualify this time which meant there would be no nation from the African region participating in the 1979 World Cup.

Competition format[edit]

The 15 teams were divided into three groups of five. Each team played each other team in its group once in matches played between 22 May and 4 June, scoring four points for a win and two for a no-result (match started but not finished) or abandoned entirely without a ball being bowled. The three group winners and the team with the fourth-highest points total after the group stage went forward to the semi-finals, the top team playing the fourth-ranked side and the team with the second-highest number of points playing the third. Where teams finished with equal points totals, run rate was used to separate them.

Group matches[edit]

Note: A number of matches used their allotted reserve day.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team P W L NR Ab RR Pts
1  Bermuda 4 3 0 0 1 4.064 14
2 East Africa 4 2 1 1 0 2.258 10
3  Papua New Guinea 4 1 1 2 0 2.717 8
4  Singapore 4 1 2 0 1 2.146 6
5  Argentina 4 0 3 1 0 2.261 2
May 22, 1979
Scorecard
Argentina 
154/9 (60.0 overs)
v
 Singapore
155/9 (59.2 overs)
Goh Swee Heng 40
Alan Morris 4/25 (12 overs)
Singapore won by 1 wicket (with 4 balls remaining)
Pickwick Cricket Club Ground, Birmingham
Umpires: PD Ogden (ENG)
  • Toss unknown

A close opening-day match saw Singapore manage a nail-biting one-wicket victory over Argentina. The Argentines had made a respectable 154/9 from their 60 overs, their total restricted by a fine 5–44 from Young Ken Sen. In reply, Singapore slumped to 43/4 before the middle order steadied the ship, Goh Swee Heng proving the key man with 40 not out as they overhauled their opponents' total with four balls to spare.

May 22–23, 1979
Scorecard
Papua New Guinea 
101/8 (40.2 overs)
v
Api Leka 51
Ramesh Patel 3/27 (12 Overs)
No result
Fordhouses Cricket Club Ground, Wolverhampton
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown
  • Reserve day used

In the other Group A game, there was no result between East Africa and Papua New Guinea, though the Papuans had struggled to 101/8 from 40.2 overs by the time the match was called off, with only Api Leka's 51 not out staving off complete collapse.

May 24, 1979
Scorecard
Argentina 
147 (59.2 overs)
v
East Africa
148/5 (53.2 overs)
Tony Ferguson 44
Jaswinder Warah 3/13 (3.4 overs)
Narendra Thakker 44
Peter Stocks 3/18 (12 overs)
East Africa won by 5 wickets
Bulls Head Ground, Coventry
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown

Argentina's 147 proved to be inadequate, Ferguson top scoring with 44, as East Africa won by five wickets with more than six overs in hand, Narendra Thakker making 44 not out.

24 May 1979
Scorecard
Papua New Guinea 
90 (38.5 overs)
v
 Bermuda
92/3 (23.2 overs)
Charles Harrison 25
Clevie Wade 3/16 (3.5 Overs)
Lionel Thomas 27
Api Leka 1/13 (3 Overs)
Bermuda won by 7 wickets
Amblecote, Stourbridge
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss Unknown

Bermuda's win over PNG was a one-sided affair, PNG losing their last four wickets for five runs to collapse to 90 all out and the Bermudians reaching 92/3 from a mere 23.2 overs.

May 29–30, 1979
Scorecard
Argentina 
86/4 (33.0 overs)
v
Michael Ryan 30*
K Alewa 1/8 (8 Overs)
No result
Banbury Cricket Club Ground, Banbury
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown
  • Reserve day used

The game between Argentina and Papua New Guinea was curtailed by rain, the South Americans having reached an unconvincing 86/4 after 33 overs when play was called off.

May 29–30, 1979
Scorecard
v
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Fordhouses Cricket Club Ground, Wolverhampton
Umpires: Unknown
  • Reserve day used

Match was ruined by the weather and there was no play at all between Bermuda and Singapore.

May 31 – June 1st, 1979
Scorecard
Argentina 
81 (54.4 overs)
v
 Bermuda
85/1 (15.5 overs)
Malcolm Gibson 18
Clarence Parfitt 3/16 (12 Overs)
Winston Reid 43*
Douglas Annand 1/35 (7 Overs)
Bermuda won by 9 wickets
Haden Hill Park, Old Hill
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss Unknown
  • Reserve day used

Argentina lost wickets at regular intervals against Bermuda to make an inadequate 81 in their innings, future Scotland List A bowler Clarence Parfitt taking 3–16; their opponents raced to their target, for the loss of just one wicket, inside 16 overs.

May 31st, 1979
Scorecard
Singapore 
131/9 (60.0 overs)
v
East Africa
132/5 (52.2 overs)
RCK da Silva 33
Charanjive Sharma 3/11 (6 Overs)
Jawahir Shah 38
RCK da Silva 1/12 (6 Overs)
East Africa won by 5 wickets
London Road, Shrewsbury
Umpires: MV Panting (ENG) & WH Miles (ENG)
  • Toss Unknown

Singapore crawled to 131/5 from their full 60 overs, although East Africa took more than 52 overs to record a five-wicket win.

June 4, 1979
Scorecard
East Africa
94/9 (60.0 overs)
v
 Bermuda
100/1 (29.0 overs)
Jawahir Shah 15
Winston Trott 3/8 (12 Overs)
Winston Reid 59*
Hitesh Mehta 1/20 (10 Overs)
Bermuda won by 9 wickets
Bournville Cricket Ground, Bournville
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss Unknown

East Africa's 94 all out (Winston Trott 3–8) fell well short of a competitive total and Winston Reid's undefeated 59 ensured a simple nine-wicket triumph for Bermuda.

June 4, 1979
Scorecard
Papua New Guinea 
174 (55.1 overs)
v
 Singapore
87 (54.3 overs)
Api Leka 48
Lawrence Young Ken Sen 4/30 (9.1 Overs)
Rex Martens 26
K Alewa 3/13 (12 Overs)
Papua New Guinea won by 87 runs
West Bromwich Dartmouth Cricket Club Ground, West Bromwich
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown

Papua New Guinea put up a good performance in the other match, making 174 despite 4–30 for Young Ken Sen and then reducing Singaporeans to 15/5, a position from which they never recovered; Singapore were eventually bowled out for a mere 87 to lose by 87 runs.

Group B[edit]

Pos Team P W L NR Ab RR Pts
1  Denmark 4 4 0 0 0 2.742 16
2  Canada 4 3 1 0 0 3.092 12
3  Bangladesh 4 2 2 0 0 2.654 8
4  Fiji 4 0 3 0 1 2.626 2
5  Malaysia 4 0 3 0 1 2.558 2
May 22–23, 1979
Scorecard
Canada 
185 (59.3 overs)
v
 Malaysia
141 (52.3 overs)
Cecil Marshall 77
Rasiah Ratnalingham 3/18 (12 Overs)
Mahinder Singh 35*
John Vaughan 4/33 (12 Overs)
Canada won by 44 runs
Warwick Cricket Club, Warwick
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss Unknown
  • Reserve day used

Canada proved too strong for Malaysia, Rasiah Ratnalingham's excellent analysis of 12–5–18–3 not enough to stop the Canadians winning by 44 runs thanks to 77 from Cecil Marshall and 4–33 from John Vaughan.

May 22, 1979
Scorecard
Fiji 
89 (33.5 overs)
v
 Denmark
93/2 (35.1 overs)
Roderick Jepsen 14
Ole Mortensen 4/14 (12 Overs)
Henrik Mortensen 52*
P Dakai 2/18 (10 Overs)
Denmark won by 8 wickets
Orleton Park, Wellington
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss Unknown

A strong Denmark side overpowered Fiji, Ole Mortensen taking 4–15 from 12 overs in a Fijian total of just 89 which the Danes cruised past with almost 25 overs to spare; Henrik Mortensen made 52 not out.

May 24, 1979
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
103 (43.0 overs)
v
 Fiji
81 (35.2 overs)
Omar Mohammad 28
Metusela Isimeli 3/14 (9 Overs)
Jaswant Singh 12
Ashraful Haq 7/23 (9.1 Overs)
Bangladesh won by 22 runs
Water Orton Cricket Club Ground, Water Orton
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown

Bangladesh were in desperate trouble against Fiji after good bowling (Konrote 3–14 from nine overs) reduced them to 54/8, but their last two wickets added 49 and their final total of 103 proved to be enough as they won by 22 runs thanks to Ashraful Haque, who destroyed the Fijian line-up with a superb haul of 7–23, figures which would stand as the best return in the ICC Trophy until 1994.

May 24, 1979
Scorecard
Malaysia 
150 (60.0 overs)
v
 Denmark
151/3 (40.0 overs)
Chan Yow Choy 28
Carsten Morild 3/32 (12 Overs)
Carsten Morild 66*
Bhupinder Singh Gill 2/27 (8 Overs)
Denmark won by 7 wickets
Chester Road North Ground, Kidderminster
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown

Malaysia made 150 from their 60 overs, helped by no less than 27 extras (including 14 wides), but Denmark's batting was too strong, Henrik Mortensen and Carsten Morild adding an unbroken partnership of 119 to guide the Scandinavians to a straightforward seven-wicket win.

May 29, 1979
Scorecard
Canada 
190/9 (60.0 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
141 (50.3 overs)
Franklyn Dennis 61
Jahangir Shah 4/17 (12 Overs)
Raqibul Hasan 34
John Vaughan 3/28 (12 Overs)
Canada won by 49 runs
Lichfield Cricket Club Ground, Lichfield
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown

Canada (190/9) recorded a solid 49-run win over Bangladesh (141), Franklyn Dennis top-scoring with 61 and captain Garnet Brisbane making 34. For the Bangladeshis, Jahangir Shah took 4–17, but it was not enough to affect the outcome of the match as only two players passed 20.

May 29–30 , 1979
Scorecard
v
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club, Kenilworth
Umpires: Unknown
  • Reserve day used

The match between Fiji and Malaysia was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

May 31 – June 1, 1979
Scorecard
Malaysia 
114 (45.5 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
115/3 (41.2 overs)
P Banerji Nair 34
Daulat Zaman 4/23 (9 Overs)
Jahangir Shah 39*
S Marimuthu 1/15 (10 Overs)
Bangladesh won by 7 wickets
Gorway Ground, Walsall
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown
  • Reserve day used

Malaysia started reasonably to reach 60/2 against Bangladesh, but wickets tumbled regularly thereafter and in the end they could manage only 114 (Daulat Zaman 4–23) and Jahangir Shah's unbeaten 39 saw the Bangladeshis home by seven wickets.

May 31 – June 1, 1979
Scorecard
Denmark 
118 (57.0 overs)
v
 Canada
72 (32.4 overs)
Henrik Mortensen 36
Martin Stead 4/16 (9 Overs)
John Vaughan 16
Carsten Morild 4/16 (12 Overs)
Denmark won by 46 runs
Knowle and Dorridge Cricket Club Ground, Knowle
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown
  • Reserve day used

Canada's Martin Stead took 4–16 and helped reduce Denmark from 74/2 to 118 all out, but they collapsed themselves in reply, reaching just 72 (Carsten Morild 4–12) to lose by 46 runs.

June 4, 1979
Scorecard
Denmark 
165/8 (60.0 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
155 (58.5 overs)
Keld Kristensen 74
Daulat Zaman 2/42 (12 Overs)
Ashraful Haq 31
Torben Nielsen 3/16 (12 Overs)
Denmark won by 10 runs
Kings Heath Cricket Club Ground, Kings Heath
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown

A close match saw Denmark (165/8) beat Bangladesh (155) by 10 runs to record a perfect record of four wins from four games, thanks largely to 74 from Keld Kristensen and some economical bowling (12–5–16–3) by Torben Neilsen.

June 4, 1979
Screcard
Canada 
209/6 (60.0 overs)
v
 Fiji
153 (53.5 overs)
John Vaughan 68*
Frederick Valentine 2/34 (12 Overs)
CAC Browne 34
Jitendra Patel 3/22 (12 Overs)
Canada won by 56 runs
Solihull Cricket Club Ground, Solihull
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown

The match was a somewhat less gripping affair, with Canada winning by 56 runs, their 209/6 (Vaughan 68) being more than enough for Fiji, for whom no batsman passed Browne's 34 as they were bowled out for 153.

Group C[edit]

Pos Team P W L NR Ab RR Pts
1  Sri Lanka 4 2 1 0 1 3.820 10
2  Wales 4 2 1 0 1 3.277 10
3  United States 4 2 1 0 1 3.022 10
4  Netherlands 4 1 2 0 1 2.726 6
5  Israel 4 1 3 0 0 2.110 4
May 22, 1979
Scorecard
United States 
126 (49.1 overs)
v
 Israel
85 (46.0 overs)
Neil Lashkari 44
Reuben Reuben 4/37 (11.1 Overs)
Barry Kanpol 24*
Stephen Jones 3/16 (12 Overs)
United States won by 41 runs
Blossomfield Cricket Club, Blossomfield
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown

The United States' total of 126 all out seemed vulnerable, with only three batsmen reaching 20 and R Reuben claiming 4–37, but once Israel had slumped to 47/7 in reply there was no way back, despite a defiant 24 not out from number nine Kanpol, and they lost by 41 runs.

22–23 May 1979
Scorecard
Wales 
170/7 (60.0 overs)
v
 Netherlands
59/2 (30.0 overs)
Jeffris Hopkins 71
Peter van Wel 2/11 (9 Overs)
Wales won by 26 runs (revised target)
Enville
Umpires: DB Jones (ENG) & DA Duckers (ENG)
  • Toss unknown
  • Reserve day used

In the Group C match played in which Wales (170/7) beat the Netherlands (59/2 off 30 overs) by 15 runs on countback. Ex-Middlesex batsman Jeffris Hopkins made the difference with 71.

May 24, 1979
Scorecard
Israel 
105 (51.5 overs)
v
 Netherlands
107/2 (32.1 overs)
David Moss 39
Rob van Weelde 3/12 (8 Overs)
A Bakker 60*
Barry Kanpol 2/14 (8 Overs)
Netherlands won by 8 wickets
Banbury XX Cricket Club, Banbury
Umpires: K Turner (ENG) & GA Brown (ENG)
  • Toss unknown

The Netherlands(107/2) cruised to an untroubled eight-wicket victory over Israel (105), thanks largely to five dismissals (3ct, 2st) by Rene Schoonheim and to Bakker's 60 not out. In the other game, a reasonable American total of 168 was boosted by a fifth-wicket stand of 90 between Stuger (48) and former first-class cricketer Kamran Rasheed, who hit 44.

May 24, 1979
Scorecard
United States 
168 (56.3 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
170/4 (40.0 overs)
Wayne Stuger 48
[Sridharan Jeganathan] 2/30 (12 overs)
Roy Dias 76
WG Bovell 2/30 (6 over)
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
Saints Ground, Northampton
Umpires: PG Berry (ENG) & PG Bell (ENG)
  • Toss unknown

Despite the loss of two early wickets, a fine 76 not out from future Test batsman Roy Dias ensured that there were no real alarms for the Sri Lankans as they won by six wickets with 20 overs to go.

May 29–30 ,1979
Scorecard
v
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Leicester Road, Hinckley
Umpires: Unknown
  • Reserve day used

Sri Lanka against Wales was called off with no play having been possible.

May 29–30, 1979
Scorecard
v
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Leamington Cricket Club Ground, Leamington Spa
Umpires: Unknown

Netherlands against United States was called off with no play having been possible.

June 1, 1979
Scorecard
Wales 
234/5 (60.0 overs)
v
 Israel
143/9 (60.0 overs)
Jeffris Hopkins 92
Nissam Reube 2/38 (12 overs)
Jerrold Kessel 32
Alan Geoghegan 3/23 (12 overs)
Wales won by 91 runs
Astwood Bank Cricket Club Ground, Redditch
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown
  • Reserve day used

Wales piled up a daunting 234/5 against Israel, Jeffris Hopkins hitting 92 and Geoffrey Williams 67. Israel were never in the game after they slipped to 59/5, before restoring some respectability with a sixth-wicket stand of 61 thanks to Kessel (32) and Solomon (28); they eventually made 143/9 to lose by 91 runs.

June 1st, 1979
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
212/8 (60.0 overs)
v
 Netherlands
167/8 (60.0 overs)
Duleep Mendis 51
Rob van Weelde 3/22 (12 overs)
A Bakker 74
Bandula Warnapura 2/21 (12 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 45 runs
Moseley Cricket Club Ground, Moseley
Umpires: BJ Turner (ENG) & TJ Cox (ENG)
  • Toss unknown
  • Reserve day used

The match, Duleep Mendis scored 51 and five other scores between 21 and 28 saw Sri Lanka to 212/8; Bakker made 74 in the Dutch reply but received little support and Sri Lanka won by 45 runs.

June 4, 1979
Scorecard
United States 
190 (54.3 overs)
v
 Wales
182 (58.5 overs)
Amit Lashkari 73
Stuart Carey 3/18 (8 overs)
Geoff Ellis
Kamaran Rasheed 5/17 (8 overs)
United States won by 8 runs
Olton and West Warwickshire Cricket Club, Solihull
Umpires: S Grainger (ENG) & WP Judd (ENG)
  • Toss unknown

The match that was played, between the United States and Wales, was an exciting affair. Anil Lashkari hit 73 to propel the Americans to a competitive total of 190, in reply to which the Welsh were going well at 139/4 with Geoff Ellis making 56. However, an excellent spell of bowling from Kamran Rasheed, more usually a wicket-keeper, turned the game; he took 5–17 from eight overs and Wales were dismissed for 182 with seven balls to go to lose by just eight runs.

June 4, 1979
Scorecard
v
Israel won by a walkover
Kenilworth Cricket Club Ground, Warwick Road
Umpires: Unknown

Sri Lanka refused on political grounds to play against Israel, meaning that the latter won by a walkover and instead played their hosts Kenilworth Cricket Club in a friendly.

Semi-finals[edit]

Bermuda v Canada[edit]

June 6, 1979
Scorecard
Bermuda 
181 (58.1 overs)
v
 Canada
186/6 (57.5 overs)
John Tucker 49
Cornelius Henry 2/17 (5.1 Overs)
Bryan Mauricette 72
Winston Trott 2/14 (12 overs)
Canada won by 4 wickets
Mitchells and Butlers' Ground, Birmingham
Umpires: PG Berry (ENG) & GA Wenman (ENG)
  • Toss unknown

Batting first, Bermuda were bowled out for 181 off 58.1 overs with no player making a big impression, but solid contributions from John Tucker (who made his team's top score of 49) and Gladstone Browne (34). In reply, Canada's innings began disastrously as they were reduced to 36/4, but once Bryan Mauricette (72 not out) and Tariq Javed (47) had added 111 for the sixth wicket the result was no longer in doubt and the Canadians recorded a four-wicket win with 13 balls to spare.

1st Semi-final[edit]

June 6, 1979
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
318/8 (60 overs)
v
 Denmark
110 (2.5 over)
Roy Dias 88
Henrik Mortensen 2/54 (12 Overs)
Keld Kristensen 34
Sudath Pasqual 3/7 (6.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 208 runs
Allied Breweries Ground, Burton-on-Trent
Umpires: Unknown
  • Toss unknown

Sri Lanka's powerful batting line-up saw their team through to a huge total of 318/7, including 88 from Dias, 68 from Mendis and 45 from captain Anura Tennekoon. The Danes began reasonably well in pursuit of such a daunting target, reaching 96/3 at one stage before wickets began to tumble and Denmark declined to 110 all out, a crushing 208-run loss. Bandula Warnapura (3–22), Somachandra de Silva (3–20) and Sudath Pasqual (3–7) were the pick of Sri Lanka's bowlers.

Final[edit]

June 4, 1979
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
324/8 (60 overs)
v
 Canada
264/5 (60 overs)
Duleep Mendis 66
Glenroy Sealy 2/49 (12 Overs)
Sri Lanka won by 60 runs
New Road, Worcester
Umpires: Sam Hale (ENG) & FJ Law (ENG)
  • Toss unknown

A high-scoring match saw 588 runs scored for the loss of 13 wickets, with Sri Lanka emerging victorious by the comfortable margin of 60 runs. Mendis hit 66 and Sunil Jayasinghe 64, with four other players passing 30, as the Sri Lankans made 324/8, the highest total of the entire tournament. Canada recovered from 34/2 to reach 182/3 at one stage with Vaughan making 80 and Marshall 55. Despite having wickets in hand, however, they could not keep up with the required run rate, ending up well short of their target on 264/5.

Leading batsmen[edit]

Qualification: 150 runs. Note: no batsman scored a century in the tournament.

1979 ICC Trophy – leading batsmen by runs scored
Name Team Inns NO Runs HS 50 Ave
Duleep Mendis Sri Lanka 4 0 221 68 3 55.25
Roy Dias Sri Lanka 4 1 214 88 2 71.33
John Vaughan Canada 6 3 211 80* 2 70.33
Henrik Mortensen Denmark 5 3 196 55* 2 98.00
Franklyn Dennis Canada 6 0 172 61 1 28.66
Cecil Marshall Canada 6 0 168 77 2 28.00
Jeffris Hopkins Wales 3 0 168 92 2 56.00
A Bakker Netherlands 3 2 153 74 2 153.00

Leading bowlers[edit]

Qualification: 10 wickets.

1979 ICC Trophy – leading bowlers by wickets taken
Name Team Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave SR Econ
John Vaughan Canada 67.5 11 227 14 4–33 16.21 29.07 3.34
Winston Trott Bermuda 47 12 80 10 3–8 8.00 28.20 1.70
LP Young Ken Sen Singapore 31.1 1 101 10 5–44 10.10 18.70 3.24
Ashraful Haque Bangladesh 36.2 7 107 10 7–23 10.70 21.80 2.94
Ole Mortensen Denmark 56.4 15 129 10 4–15 12.90 34.00 2.27
Carsten Morild Denmark 45 10 130 10 4–12 13.00 27.00 2.88

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