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'Never seen a ball hit so hard'

Part four: Martin Crowe on Gordon Greenidge's extraordinary footwork and violent strokeplay (04:38)

June 23, 2014

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

in the 3 rd test in Old Trafford windies scored 211 and 411-5 declared in which Greenidge scored 134 and 101.England bundled out for 71 and 126 and lost.In total England scored 197 and greenidge score 235 and so beat england by 38 runs!

Posted by thefountain on (June 26, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

To me the most destructive partnership you could put together in the 80's was Greendige and Richards.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

One of the most lethal opening batsmen ever seen. His pull shot bwas a sight to behold. The innings he played at Lords in 1984 on the last day when he scored 214 n.o. was one of the best played in the fourth innings of a test.

People always talk of Sir Viv ( no offence intended ) but the basis was almost invariably laid by Greenidge and Haynes.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

Amazing bat speed. Like lightning. Seemed to swing with all of his might.

Posted by Paulk on (June 25, 2014, 22:36 GMT)

Brilliant, thanks. In a way it is almost unfortunate that Viv Richards aura overshadows so many other brilliant batsmen from the West Indies in that era. We hear and read so much about Viv Richards batting (and deservedly so) but not so much about the brilliance and the art of batting of Greenidge, Lloyd, Kallicharan, Larry Gomes, Desmond Haynes as well as Lawrence Rowe and Roy Fredericks. I would like to read more articles on the great knocks that Gordon Greenidge played - sometimes single-handedly winning games for WI, or about Kallicharran destroying Lillee with no helmets or any protective padding and half unbuttoned shirt (there is a great clip on youtube that is a must see!), or about Larry Gomes - the "stayer among the dashers"- reeling in century after century against the Aussie bowling attack of Lillee, Thomson, Len Pascoe etc. And of course Clive Lloyd - the Great Leader himself, whose aura as captain of the 'Greatest Team Ever' overshadowed his own batting brilliance.

Posted by eggyroe on (June 25, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

Having seen Gordon Greenidge play for both the West Indies and Hampshire,and as an Englishman I feel a lot better for the experience and a whole lot better than watching some of the recently retired and the so called stars of today.If he limped to the wicket,look out because he had no intention of running to many.A very gifted cricketer and well worth the entrance fee irrespective of which team you supported.

Posted by seam-up on (June 25, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Splendid stuff. Well done, ESPNCricinfo.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

One of my alltime favourite openers. He combined punishing brute-force, with technical finesse. Had a great backlift and one of the best square-cutters i've ever seen. The 214 he scored at Lords in 1984 was all the more incredible because that was the only match in the series where England was pretty-much in command for the first 4 days, then they declared on the morning of the 5th day and before the day ended totalled nearly 350 and scoring 214no in over two and a half sessions of play. Also worth mentioning was his innings of 82 at Lords back in 1976, where the rest of the team struggled that 1st innings and he played what can only be described as a beautifully-brutal innings, playing all the shots Martin Crowe had described. Even with the modern game evolving by the influence of T20 aggression, this particular achievement of what he did in the 2nd innings at Lords in 1984 has barely been repeated, let alone surpassed in Test Matches to this very day.

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