1979 Prudential World Cup WINNER
West Indies
Year
1979
Runner up
England
Host
England
  • Most Runs
    Gordon Greenidge
    253 runs
  • Most Wickets
    Mike Hendrick
    10 wickets
  • Player of the series

Defending champions West Indies continued their domination at the Prudential World Cup as they defeated hosts England by 92 runs in the final to win the cricket World Cup second time in a row at the same venue where they won their maiden World Cup in 1975.

Coming in to bat at number three, Vivian Richards made 138 runs and remained unbeaten till the 60th over. His innings included 11 fours and three sixes.

Collis King made a fine 86 (10 fours, three sixes) as he partnered with Richards to add 139 runs for the fifth wicket bailing West Indies out from 99/4 when they lost captain Clive Lloyd for 13. Richards was adjudged player of the final.

Replying to West Indies’ 286/9, England made a strong start as opening batsmen Geoff Boycott (57) and captain Mike Brearley (64) added 129 runs for the first wicket.

Graham Gooch made 32 runs. But following his dismissal, all the remaining English batsmen (number 5 to 11) failed to touch double-digit mark as England were bowled out for 194 runs.

Joel Garner picked 5/38 while Colin Croft impressed with 3/42 as England lost the last seven wickets for just 11 runs. (183/3 to 194)

Prior to the final, England beat New Zealand by nine runs in the first semi-final at Manchester. On the other hand, West Indies defeated Pakistan by 43 runs in the second semi-final at The Oval.

This World Cup also had eight participating teams and 15 matches were played including the semi-finals and the final.

World Cup 1979 Points Table

No Teams P W L T NR Pts
1 England 3 3 0 0 0 12
2 Pakistan 3 2 1 0 0 8
3 Australia 3 1 2 0 0 4
4 Canada 3 0 3 0 0 0
No Teams P W L T NR Pts
1 West Indies 3 2 0 0 1 10
2 New Zealand 3 2 1 0 0 8
3 Sri Lanka 3 1 1 0 1 6
4 India 3 0 3 0 0 0

World Cup 1979 Matches

Jun 09 1979, Sat
India Vs West Indies, Match 1
Edgbaston, Birmingham
190/10 - 194/1
West Indies beat India by 9 wickets
Jun 09 1979, Sat
Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand, Match 2
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
189/10 - 190/1
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets
Jun 09 1979, Sat
England Vs Australia, Match 3
Lord's, London
160/4 - 159/9
England beat Australia by 6 wickets
Jun 09 1979, Sat
Canada Vs Pakistan, Match 4
Headingley, Leeds
139/9 - 140/2
Pakistan beat Canada by 8 wickets
Jun 13 1979, Wed
India Vs New Zealand, Match 6
Headingley, Leeds
182/10 - 183/2
New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets
Jun 13 1979, Wed
Pakistan Vs Australia, Match 7
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
286/7 - 197/10
Pakistan beat Australia by 89 runs
Jun 14 1979, Thu
England Vs Canada, Match 8
Old Trafford, Manchester
46/2 - 45/10
England beat Canada by 8 wickets
Jun 16 1979, Sat
Sri Lanka Vs India, Match 9
Old Trafford, Manchester
238/5 - 191/10
Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs
Jun 16 1979, Sat
West Indies Vs New Zealand, Match 10
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
244/7 - 212/9
West Indies beat New Zealand by 32 runs
Jun 16 1979, Sat
Canada Vs Australia, Match 11
Edgbaston, Birmingham
105/10 - 106/3
Australia beat Canada by 7 wickets
Jun 16 1979, Sat
England Vs Pakistan, Match 12
Headingley, Leeds
165/9 - 151/10
England beat Pakistan by 14 runs
Jun 20 1979, Wed
West Indies Vs Pakistan, 2nd Semi Final
The Oval, London
293/6 - 250/10
West Indies beat Pakistan by 43 runs
Jun 20 1979, Wed
England Vs New Zealand, 1st Semi Final
Old Trafford, Manchester
221/8 - 212/9
England beat New Zealand by 9 runs
Jun 23 1979, Sat
England Vs West Indies, Final
Lord's, London
194/10 - 286/9
West Indies beat England by 92 runs
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