1979 Cricket World Cup Final

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1979 ICC Cricket World Cup Final
Event 1979 ICC Cricket World Cup
West Indies England
West Indies Cricket Board England
286/9 194
60 overs 51 overs
Date 23 June 1979
Venue Lord's Cricket Ground, London, England
Umpires Dickie Bird and Barrie Meyer
Attendance 32,000

The final of the 1979 ICC Cricket World Cup was played in Lord's, London on 23 June. This was the second time that Lord's had hosted an ICC Cricket World Cup final. The match was won by the West Indies when they defeated England by 92 runs to lift the trophy.

Match Report[edit]

England won the toss and chose to field first. The West Indies got off to a bad start, falling to 99/4 with the loss of Greenidge, Haynes, Kallicharan, and captain Clive Lloyd. However, Vivian Richards (138 from 157 balls, 11 fours, 3 sixes) and Collis King (86 from 66 balls, 10 fours, 3 sixes) consolidated the innings. King especially ripped through the English bowling, with a strike rate of 130.3. The West Indies were already at 5/238 when the 139 run partnership ended with the loss of Collis King. Vivian Richards and the tail then took the West Indies to a very imposing total of 286 (9 wickets, 60 overs).

The English batsmen got off to a good start. But the openers, Mike Brearley (64 from 130 balls, 7 fours) and Geoff Boycott (57 from 105 balls, 3 fours) scored very slowly. They put together a very methodical opening partnership of 129 runs in 38 overs, playing as if the match were a five-day Test. By the time both batsmen were out, the run rate had risen too high. Graham Gooch played some hefty strokes in scoring his 32, taking England to 183/2. However, the loss of Gooch triggered the most devastating collapse in World Cup history, as England lost 8/11. They were eventually all out for 194 in 51 overs. Vivian Richards was declared Man of the Match.[1]

23 June 1979
West Indies 
286/9 (60 overs)
194 (51 overs)
Viv Richards 138* (157)
Phil Edmonds 2/40 (12 overs)
Mike Brearley 64 (130)
Joel Garner 5/38 (11 overs)
West Indies won by 92 runs
Lord's, London, England
Attendance : 32,000
Umpires: Dickie Bird and Barrie Meyer
Player of the match: Viv Richards

See also[edit]


  1. ^ England v West Indies 1979 Cricket World Cup Final

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