The Prudential World Cup 1975, second semi-final


At The Oval, June 18. West Indies won by five wickets. From the moment Clive Lloyd won the toss and, true to his custom in one-day cricket, ordered the opposition to bat, New Zealand found themselves in a tense struggle against a hostile attack that gave nothing away. Julien moved the ball either way and varied his pace and Roberts, Holder and Boyce, with a regular supply of bouncers, commanded stern attention. Glenn Turner with two centuries to his name already in this tournament, never broke free, but his defence was extremely sound and he hooked the short ball in his own competent manner.

Geoff Howarth, batting on his own county ground, alone of the New Zealand batsmen showed positive aggression and he played some splendid strokes so that at lunch New Zealand were 92 for one off 29 overs but knowing that they had to push the score faster to set West Indies a reasonable target.

As it was, Turner left in the first over after lunch when Kanhai moved to his right and held a magnificent slip catch with both hands. Roberts, the successful bowler, then had Howarth smartly caught low by the wicket-keeper in his next over and from that point New Zealand, Hastings apart, slid away. Nine wickets crashed after the interval for 64 runs and West Indies needed only 159 to win - a simple task for these talented cricketers.

A casual stroke by Fredericks gave New Zealand some encouragement when the first wicket fell at 8 but there followed the winning stand of 125 by Greenidge and Kallicharran. The little left-hander thrived on Dayle Hadlee's short leg-side deliveries that surely invited punishment and Greenidge, a master in defence, made his runs comfortably. Collinge bowled in his best form and merited his three wickets. Quite rightly, Neil Hawke, the Australian, named Kallicharran Man of the Match.

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