|Event||1979 ICC Cricket World Cup|
|Date||23 June 1979|
|Venue||Lord's Cricket Ground, London, England|
|Man of the Match||Viv Richards (West Indies)|
|Player of the Tournment||None awarded|
|Umpires||Dickie Bird and Barrie Meyer|
The final of the 1979 ICC Cricket World Cup was played in Lord's, London on 23 June. This was the second time the Lord's hosted a ICC Cricket World Cup final. The match was finally won by West Indies when they defeated England by 92 runs to lift the trophy.
England won the toss and chose to field first. The West Indies got off to a bad start, falling to 99/4 with the loss of Greenidge, Haynes, Kallicharan, and captain Clive Lloyd. However, Vivian Richards (138 from 157 balls, 11 fours, 3 sixes) and Collis King (86 from 66 balls, 10 fours, 3 sixes) consolidated the innings. King especially ripped through the English bowling, with a strike rate of 130.3. The West Indies were already at 5/238 when the 139 run partnership ended with the loss of Collis King. Vivian Richards and the tail then took the West Indies to a very imposing total of 286 (9 wickets, 60 overs).
The English batsmen got off to a good start. But the openers, Mike Brearley (64 from 130 balls, 7 fours) and Geoff Boycott (57 from 105 balls, 3 fours) scored very slowly. They put together a very methodical opening partnership of 129 runs in 38 overs, playing as if the match were a five-day Test. By the time both batsmen were out, the run rate had risen too high. Graham Gooch played some hefty strokes in scoring his 32, taking England to 183/2. However, the loss of Gooch triggered the most devastating collapse in World Cup history, as England lost 8/11. They were eventually all out for 194 in 51 overs. Vivian Richards was declared Man of the Match.
The final of the 1975 Cricket World Cup was played in Lord's, London on 21 June. The match was finally won by West Indies. They defeated Australia by 17 runs to lift the first ever World Cup trophy.
|23 June 1979
| West Indies
286/9 (60 overs)
194 all out (51 overs)
|West Indies won by 92 runs|
Lord's, London, England
Umpires: Dickie Bird and Barrie Meyer
Man of the Match: Viv Richards
|Viv Richards 138* (157)
Phil Edmonds 2/40 (12 overs)
|Mike Brearley 64 (130)|
Joel Garner 5/38 (11 overs)
- Cricket World Cup 1979 from Cricinfo
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