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How the World Cup became a commercial hit

Feb 5, 2015: The relatively modest sums from the first three World Cups were overshadowed by the sale of TV rights in subsequent editions

Martin Williamson

My First World Cup

'1979 was the closest we got to a World Cup final'

Jan 26, 2015: John Wright remembers playing his first world tournament in an era when it was little more than an interruption to the county season

Forgotten Classics

The hold-up at Headingley

Dec 18, 2014: Mike Hendricks' nagging seam bowling helped England defend a low total against a powerful Pakistan line-up in the 1979 World Cup

Interviews by Nagraj Gollapudi

World Cup No. 2: the big story

ODI cricket's Year Zero

Nov 19, 2014: The 1979 World Cup was played in the immediate aftermath of the Packer revolution, when administrators had been awakened to the market potential of ODI cricket

Rob Steen

Men of the Finals

Viv delivers the goods

Nov 17, 2014: Richards played second fiddle to Collis King for a while during the 1979 final, but his was the pivotal contribution


The Richards Cup

Nov 1, 2014: The second World Cup features the overwhelming influence of a certain West Indian


King leaves Richards in the shade

Oct 30, 2014: West Indies were struggling at 99 for 4 in the 1979 final when their last front-line batsman came in and set the roof on fire


Big Bird takes flight against England

Oct 30, 2014: After England's openers had batted too slowly in the 1979 final, their middle order was destroyed by Joel Garner's steepling bounce and accuracy


Hendrick swings it for England

Oct 30, 2014: Mike Hendrick tore away at Pakistan's top order and later took a stunning catch to set up a memorable win for England in 1979


Did Lloyd drop it on purpose?

Oct 30, 2014: Clive Lloyd spilling a catch off Geoff Boycott in the 1979 final inadvertently served West Indies well


'That shot is my invention'

Oct 30, 2014: Richards' manufactured flick for six off Hendrick's final delivery in 1979 was the perfect finishing touch for West Indies

Greatest Teams

One-day giants

Dec 1, 2011: Five one-day international sides that have left a lasting mark on the game

George Dobell

Top Performances

Hendrick swings it for England

Feb 23, 2007: If four wickets for not very much were not enough, he took the catch that won the game too

Top Performances

Big Bird sinks England

Feb 21, 2007: After England's openers had batted too slowly, Joel Garner destroyed the middle order and ensured West Indies retained the World Cup

Martin Williamson

Great Moments

A fitting final act

Feb 19, 2007: A manufactured stroke that added the perfect finishing touch for West Indies

Martin Williamson

Top Performances

King puts Richards in the shade

Feb 19, 2007: Viv Richards had things under control. Then came a man who set the roof on fire

Martin Williamson

Great Moments

Lloyd's lucky drop

Feb 15, 2007: The dropped catch that may just have helped win a final

Martin Williamson

The 1979 World Cup in England

West Indies retain their title

Oct 25, 2006: A summary of the 1979 World Cup in England

Winners: West Indies

The Prudential World Cup 1979

1980: The second World Cup, officially called The Prudential Cup, proved, like the first in 1975, a great success, and again West Indies carried off the title

Prudential World Cup 1979, final


1980: West Indies won by 92 runs and so retained the Prudential Cup and the title of world champions which they first won in 1975

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Tournament Results
England v West Indies at Lord's - Jun 23, 1979
West Indies won by 92 runs
England v New Zealand at Manchester - Jun 20, 1979
England won by 9 runs
Pakistan v West Indies at The Oval - Jun 20, 1979
West Indies won by 43 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Manchester - Jun 16-18, 1979
Sri Lanka won by 47 runs
Australia v Canada at Birmingham - Jun 16, 1979
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 204 balls remaining)
England v Pakistan at Leeds - Jun 16, 1979
England won by 14 runs
New Zealand v West Indies at Nottingham - Jun 16, 1979
West Indies won by 32 runs
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