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1975 Prudential World Cup WINNER
West Indies
Runner up
  • Most Runs
    Glenn Turner
    333 runs
  • Most Wickets
    Gary Gilmour
    11 wickets
  • Player of the series

With the one-day format just 18 international matches old at the time the inaugural cricket World Cup was hosted by England in 1975, most saw it as a bold but innovative step. Little did they know that this quadrennial tournament was to become the biggest honour in the history of the game.

Contested by eight teams with East Africa and Sri Lanka being the non-Test playing sides in the competition, hosts England were easily the best team on show in Group A winning all their matches.

New Zealand, India and East Africa were the other teams in the group.

England's Dennis Amiss scored the first century of the tournament against India, notching up 137 runs.

India's Sunil Gavaskar must be playing for a draw in the same match as he carried his bat through the innings in India's response to finish unbeaten on 36 in one of the most bizarre ODI innings ever. With East Africa losing to all the other teams, New Zealand joined the hosts in the semis after beating India.

In Group B, favourites West Indies won all their matches but not before having a narrow escape against the spirited Pakistanis. Australia beat Pakistan in a potential knock-out match to qualify for the semis.

In the first semi-final played at a seaming Headingley pitch, Australian pacer Gary Gilmour devastated the English batting line-up as the hosts caved in for 93 all out. Gilmour finished with figures of 6/14.

With the Aussies tottering at 39/6, Gilmour completed a great all-round performance by taking his team to the final with an unbeaten run-a-ball 28.

In the second semi-final at The Oval, New Zealand were put to bat by the Windies and after a solid start to their innings, the Kiwis collapsed to a final score of 158.

Alvin Kallicharan (72) and Gordon Greenidge (55) took West Indies to their target with relative ease.

In the final at Lord's, West Indies' Clive Lloyd played a captain's knock as he plundered the Australian bowling to score 102 runs from 85 balls which helped his team finish at a score of 291/8 in 60 overs.

World Cup 1975 Points Table

2New Zealand321008
4East Africa303000
1West Indies3300012
4Sri Lanka303000

World Cup 1975 Matches

Jun 07 1975, Sat
England Vs India, Match 1
Lord's, London
334/4 - 132/3
England beat India by 202 runs
Jun 07 1975, Sat
New Zealand Vs East Africa, Match 2
Edgbaston, Birmingham
309/5 - 128/8
New Zealand beat East Africa by 181 runs
Jun 07 1975, Sat
Australia Vs Pakistan, Match 3
Headingley, Leeds
278/7 - 205/10
Australia beat Pakistan by 73 runs
Jun 07 1975, Sat
Sri Lanka Vs West Indies, Match 4
Old Trafford, Manchester
86/10 - 87/1
West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets
Jun 11 1975, Wed
England Vs New Zealand, Match 5
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
266/6 - 186/10
England beat New Zealand by 80 runs
Jun 11 1975, Wed
East Africa Vs India, Match 6
Headingley, Leeds
120/10 - 123/0
India beat East Africa by 10 wickets
Jun 11 1975, Wed
Australia Vs Sri Lanka, Match 7
The Oval, London
328/5 - 276/4
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 52 runs
Jun 11 1975, Wed
Pakistan Vs West Indies, Match 8
Edgbaston, Birmingham
266/7 - 267/9
West Indies beat Pakistan by 1 wickets
Jun 14 1975, Sat
England Vs East Africa, Match 9
Edgbaston, Birmingham
290/5 - 94/10
England beat East Africa by 196 runs
Jun 14 1975, Sat
India Vs New Zealand, Match 10
Old Trafford, Manchester
230/10 - 233/6
New Zealand beat India by 4 wickets
Jun 14 1975, Sat
Australia Vs West Indies, Match 11
The Oval, London
192/10 - 195/3
West Indies beat Australia by 7 wickets
Jun 14 1975, Sat
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka, Match 12
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
330/6 - 138/10
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 192 runs
Jun 18 1975, Wed
New Zealand Vs West Indies, 2nd Semi Final
The Oval, London
158/10 - 159/5
West Indies beat New Zealand by 5 wickets
Jun 18 1975, Wed
England Vs Australia, 1st Semi Final
Headingley, Leeds
93/10 - 94/6
Australia beat England by 4 wickets
Jun 21 1975, Sat
West Indies Vs Australia, Final
Lord's, London
291/8 - 274/10
West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs
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