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West Indies take the first World Cup

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The Lord of Lord's: Clive Lloyd is presented with World Cup
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1975
The first World Cup final, and a Caribbean coronation. West Indies were always in control against Australia once their captain, Clive Lloyd, belted 102 off only 85 balls. Chasing 291, Australia's work was undone by a succession of run-outs. Three came from brilliant work by Viv Richards in the covers, alone including both Chappells. At 233 for 9 it was as good as over, but Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson jangled one or two nerves, until the fifth and final run-out finished things late on the longest day of the year. The winning margin was 17 runs, 13 of which came from Thomson no-balls. The game, which started at 10.30am, finished at 8.43pm.

1937
One of England's most resilient openers is born. John Edrich's unswerving concentration and fierce self-restraint made him the perfect old-fashioned opener, whose purpose was to see off the new ball and lay a base for the team. Then he would play his strokes. In only his ninth Test, he cracked 310 not out against New Zealand at Headingley, which included a staggering 52 fours and five sixes. Edrich was only the third left-hander (after Phil Mead and Frank Woolley) to score 100 first-class hundreds. His cousin Bill played 39 Tests for England.

1981
One of the most famous summers in English cricket history began ignominiously, with Australia winning a first-Test dogfight by four wickets at Trent Bridge. The key moment came when Paul Downton dropped an absolute sitter off Allan Border. Australia also unleashed a secret weapon in their debutant Terry Alderman, who took nine wickets and ended up with 42 in the six-match series. As for Downton, he was dropped and didn't play again for three years.

2009
Three months after the horrific attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, the two teams met at the final of the World Twenty20 at at Lord's. It was Pakistan's second appearance in the final, and this time they made good of it. Mohammad Amir dismantled Sri Lanka's main weapon, Tillakaratne Dilshan, for a duck in the first over and Abdul Razzaq, returning from the ICL, picked out Sanath Jayasuriya for 17. Shahid Afridi led the 139-run chase with a masterful unbeaten 54.

1952
Birth of the New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney, who fit more into 15 Tests as captain than most people would in 50. In 1985-86 he led the Kiwis to their first series victory over Australia, and later that winter they became the first side to beat Australia in two series in the same season. In 1986 New Zealand then won their first series in England, and the following winter, in Coney's last series, they held a rampant West Indies side to a 1-1 draw. As a batsman, Coney was technically correct, although it took him 25 Tests to get a century. Then he saved the Wellington Test against England in 1983-84 with an eight-hour 174 not out. He went on to make three Test hundreds, all of them unbeaten.

1997
England's lowest 20th-century score at Lord's. It didn't take Australia long to recover from being mauled in the first Test at Edgbaston - all of 42.3 overs, in fact, as Glenn McGrath routed England for 77 with 8 for 38 on a juicy wicket. But the rain that had brought about such a merciless interrogation from McGrath ultimately saved England. Only 104 overs were possible on the first four days, and England comfortably batted out the last.

1998
Another year, another Lord's humiliation for England, who were thrashed by South Africa by ten wickets. The catalyst was Allan Donald, who bulldozed them in the first innings with 5 for 32, when extras (20) was the top-scorer. If anything, England were even worse second time round. Nasser Hussain had dragged England to 222 for 3, but in the blink of an eye they were 233 for 9. In a decade notable for spectacular England collapses, this one was right up there.

1993
Another Lord's defeat. England were battered by an innings and 62 runs, having taken only four Australian wickets in the whole match. The lowlight was Chris Lewis' pathetic dance down the track at Tim May just before lunch on this the final day, when England were batting to save the game. He was stumped to complete a pair. In Wisden Cricket Monthly, David Frith described it as "a rather absurd defensive stroke". This was England's seventh Test defeat in a row, and a nadir in a period that was full of them.

1992
Yet another Lord's defeat. But at least England came out of this one with honour, after a classic Sunday's play on which 17 wickets fell. Chasing 138 to win, Pakistan collapsed to 95 for 8 against Chris Lewis and Ian Salisbury, only for Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis to drive them over the winning line as a three-man England attack (Phil DeFreitas and Ian Botham were injured) tired at the death. It was also the end of the line for Botham and Allan Lamb. This was their last Test appearance.

1988
Just to round off a great day for English cricket, another Lord's defeat. In this one, West Indies had been 54 for 5 on the first morning, but Gus Logie and Jeff Dujon drove England to distraction with a typically bold counterattack, and then Malcolm Marshall (6 for 32) secured a first-innings lead with a fast-bowling masterclass. England were eventually left to chase 442. Miracles do happen in cricket - but not against Marshall, Patterson, Ambrose and Walsh, and despite Allan Lamb's defiant 113 (not to mention a last-wicket partnership of 53 between Graham Dilley and Paul Jarvis), West Indies eased home.

1974
Some cheer for England at last. In the second Test, England flayed India in scoring 629, their highest total at Lord's until another Indian side was on the receiving end 16 years later. Dennis Amiss cracked 188 and there were also hundreds for Mike Denness (118) and Tony Greig (106), plus 96 from John Edrich. It could have been worse - England lost their last six wickets for 58. Bishan Bedi ended up with figures of 64.2-8-226-6 - the first double-century by a bowler in a Lord's Test.

1991
Birth of a West Indian power-hitter. In 2010, Deandra Dottin became the first woman to score an international Twenty20 hundred, when she smashed an unbeaten 112 against South Africa in the World Twenty20. She reached her century off just 38 balls. Dottin made her international debut in 2008, and performed reasonably well in the 2009 50-over World Cup. Three months later, in the first World Twenty20 to feature women, she made another one, against the same opposition. Dottin narrowly missed out on a one-day hundred when she was dismissed for 95 against Pakistan in 2011.

1901
Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 13 by Yorkshire in under an hour at Trent Bridge on a rain-affected wicket. Wilfred Rhodes did most of the damage with 6 for 4.

1972
Netherlands keeper Jeroen Smits, born today, played 38 ODIs and also captained the side. He was one of the most dependable members of the 2003 and 2007 World Cup side and led Netherlands in their memorable win over England in the 2009 World Twenty20. He retired from international cricket later that year to give younger players a chance.

Other birthdays
1922 Jim McConnon (England)
1929 Agha Saadat Ali (Pakistan)
1938 Jackie Botten (South Africa)
1949 Denis Streak (Zimbabwe)
1955 Helen Stother (England)
1966 Nasir Javed (USA)
1979 Steve Massiah (USA)

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