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1979 ICC Trophy
Administrator International Cricket Council
Cricket Format Limited overs cricket
Tournament Format Round-robin and Knockout
Hosts Flag of England England
Champions Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
Participants 15
Matches Played
Most runs Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Duleep Mendis (221)
Most wickets Flag of Canada.svg Canada John Vaughan (14)
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The 1979 ICC Trophy was a limited overs cricket tournament held in England between 22 May and 21 June 1979. It was the first ICC Trophy tournament to be staged, with matches between the 15 participating teams played over 60 overs a side and with white clothing and red balls. All matches were played in the Midlands.

The two finalists, Sri Lanka and Canada, qualified to take part in the 1979 Cricket World Cup which began on 9 June, just three days after the ICC Trophy semi-finals. The ICC Trophy final was held on 21 June at Worcestershire's ground at New Road, two days before the World Cup final.

Competition format

The 15 teams were divided into three groups of five. Each team played each other team in its group once in matches played between 22 May and 4 June, scoring four points for a win and two for a no-result (match started but not finished) or abandoned entirely without a ball being bowled. The three group winners and the team with the fourth-highest points total after the group stage went forward to the semi-finals, the top team playing the fourth-ranked side and the team with the second-highest number of points playing the third. Where teams finished with equal points totals, run rate was used to separate them.

Group matches

Note: A number of matches used their allotted reserve day.

Group A

PosTeamPWLNRAbRRPts
1Flag of Bermuda Bermuda430014.06414
2East Africa421102.25810
3Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea411202.7178
4Flag of Singapore Singapore412012.1466
5Flag of Argentina Argentina403102.2612


22 May 1979 Flag of Argentina Argentina
154/9 (60.0 overs)
v Flag of Singapore Singapore
155/9 (59.2 overs)
Singapore won by 1 wicket
Pickwick Cricket Club Ground, Birmingham

22–23 May 1979 Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
101/8 (40.2 overs)
v East Africa
No result
Fordhouses Cricket Club Ground, Wolverhampton

A close opening-day match saw Singapore manage a nail-biting one-wicket victory over Argentina. The Argentines had made a respectable 154/9 from their 60 overs, their total restricted by a fine 5–44 from Young Ken Sen. In reply, Singapore slumped to 43/4 before the middle order steadied the ship, Goh Swee Heng proving the key man with 40 not out as they overhauled their opponents' total with four balls to spare. In the other Group A game, there was no result between East Africa and Papua New Guinea, though the Papuans had struggled to 101/8 from 40.2 overs by the time the match was called off, with only Api Leka's 51 not out staving off complete collapse.


24 May 1979 Flag of Argentina Argentina
147 (59.2 overs)
v East Africa
148/5 (53.2 overs)
East Africa won by 5 wickets
Bulls Head Ground, Coventry

24 May 1979 Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
90 (38.5 overs)
v Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
92/3 (23.2 overs)
Bermuda won by 7 wickets
Amblecote, Stourbridge

Argentina's 147 proved to be inadequate, Ferguson top scoring with 44, as East Africa won by five wickets with more than six overs in hand, Narendra Thakker making 44 not out. Bermuda's win over PNG was a one-sided affair, PNG losing their last four wickets for five runs to collapse to 90 all out and the Bermudians reaching 92/3 from a mere 23.2 overs.


29–30 May 1979 Flag of Argentina Argentina
86/4 (33.0 overs)
v Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
No result
Banbury Cricket Club Ground, Banbury

29–30 May 1979 Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
v Flag of Singapore Singapore
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Fordhouses Cricket Club Ground, Wolverhampton

Both matches were ruined by the weather: the game between Argentina and Papua New Guinea was curtailed by rain, the South Americans having reached an unconvincing 86/4 after 33 overs when play was called off. Meanwhile, there was no play at all between Bermuda and Singapore.


31 May – 1 June 1979 Flag of Argentina Argentina
81 (54.4 overs)
v Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
85/1 (15.5 overs)
Bermuda won by 9 wickets
Haden Hill Park, Old Hill

31 May 1979 Flag of Singapore Singapore
131/9 (60.0 overs)
v East Africa
132/5 (52.2 overs)
East Africa won by 5 wickets
London Road, Shrewsbury

Argentina lost wickets at regular intervals against Bermuda to make an inadequate 81 in their innings, future Scotland List A bowler Clarence Parfitt taking 3–16; their opponents raced to their target, for the loss of just one wicket, inside 16 overs. In the other game, Singapore crawled to 131/5 from their full 60 overs, although East Africa took more than 52 overs to record a five-wicket win.


4 June 1979 East Africa
94/9 (60.0 overs)
v Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
100/1 (29.0 overs)
Bermuda won by 9 wickets
Bournville Cricket Ground, Bournville

4 June 1979 Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
174 (55.1 overs)
v Flag of Singapore Singapore
87 (54.3 overs)
Papua New Guinea won by 87 runs
West Bromwich Dartmouth Cricket Club Ground, West Bromwich

Both matches were one-sided: in the first, East Africa's 94 all out (Winston Trott 3–8) fell well short of a competitive total and Winston Reid's undefeated 59 ensured a simple nine-wicket triumph for Bermuda. Papua New Guinea put up a good performance in the other match, making 174 despite 4–30 for Young Ken Sen and then reducing Singaporeans to 15/5, a position from which they never recovered; Singapore were eventually bowled out for a mere 87 to lose by 87 runs.

Group B

PosTeamPWLNRAbRRPts
1Flag of Denmark Denmark440002.74216
2Flag of Canada.svg Canada431003.09212
3Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh422002.6548
4Flag of Fiji Fiji403012.6262
5Flag of Malaysia Malaysia403012.5582


22–23 May 1979 Flag of Canada.svg Canada
185 (59.3 overs)
v Flag of Malaysia Malaysia
141 (52.3 overs)
Canada won by 44 runs
Warwick Cricket Club, Warwick

22 May 1979 Flag of Fiji Fiji
89 (33.5 overs)
v Flag of Denmark Denmark
93/2 (35.1 overs)
Denmark won by 8 wickets
Wellington

Canada proved too strong for Malaysia, Rasiah Ratnalingham's excellent analysis of 12–5–18–3 not enough to stop the Canadians winning by 44 runs thanks to 77 from Cecil Marshall and 4–33 from John Vaughan. Elsewhere, a strong Denmark side overpowered Fiji, Ole Mortensen taking 4–15 from 12 overs in a Fijian total of just 89 which the Danes cruised past with almost 25 overs to spare; Henrik Mortensen made 52 not out.


24 May 1979 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
103 (43.0 overs)
v Flag of Fiji Fiji
81 (35.2 overs)
Bangladesh won by 22 runs
Water Orton Cricket Club Ground, Water Orton

24 May 1979 Flag of Malaysia Malaysia
150 (60.0 overs)
v Flag of Denmark Denmark
151/3 (40.0 overs)
Denmark won by 7 wickets
Kidderminster

Bangladesh were in desperate trouble against Fiji after good bowling (Konrote 3–14 from nine overs) reduced them to 54/8, but their last two wickets added 49 and their final total of 103 proved to be enough as they won by 22 runs thanks to Ashraful Haque, who destroyed the Fijian line-up with a superb haul of 7–23, figures which would stand as the best return in the ICC Trophy until 1994. Malaysia made 150 from their 60 overs, helped by no less than 27 extras (including 14 wides), but Denmark's batting was too strong, Henrik Mortensen and Carsten Morild adding an unbroken partnership of 119 to guide the Scandinavians to a straightforward seven-wicket win.


29 May 1979 Flag of Canada.svg Canada
190/9 (60.0 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
141 (50.3 overs)
Canada won by 49 runs
Lichfield Cricket Club Ground, Lichfield

29–30 May 1979 Flag of Fiji Fiji
v Flag of Malaysia Malaysia
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club, Kenilworth

Canada (190/9) recorded a solid 49-run win over Bangladesh (141), Franklyn Dennis top-scoring with 61 and captain Garnet Brisbane making 34. For the Bangladeshis, Jahangir Shah took 4–17, but it was not enough to affect the outcome of the match as only two players passed 20. Meanwhile, the game between Fiji and Malaysia was abandoned without a ball being bowled.


31 May – 1 June 1979 Flag of Malaysia Malaysia
114 (45.5 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
115/3 (41.2 overs)
Bangladesh won by 7 wickets
Gorway Ground, Walsall

31 May – 1 June 1979 Flag of Denmark Denmark
118 (57.0 overs)
v Flag of Canada.svg Canada
72 (32.4 overs)
Denmark won by 46 runs
Knowle and Dorridge Cricket Club Ground, Knowle

Malaysia started reasonably to reach 60/2 against Bangladesh, but wickets tumbled regularly thereafter and in the end they could manage only 114 (Daulat Zaman 4–23) and Jahangir Shah's unbeaten 39 saw the Bangladeshis home by seven wickets. Elsewhere, 4–16 from Canada's Martin Stead helped reduce Denamrk from 74/2 to 118 all out, but they collapsed themselves in reply, reaching just 72 (Carsten Morild 4–12) to lose by 46 runs.


4 June 1979 Flag of Denmark Denmark
165/8 (60.0 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
155 (58.5 overs)
Denmark won by 10 runs
Kings Heath Cricket Club Ground, Kings Heath

4 June 1979 Flag of Canada.svg Canada
209/6 (60.0 overs)
v Flag of Fiji Fiji
153 (53.5 overs)
Canada won by 56 runs
Solihull Cricket Club Ground, Solihull

A close match saw Denmark (165/8) beat Bangladesh (155) by 10 runs to record a perfect record of four wins from four games, thanks largely to 74 from Keld Kristensen and some economical bowling (12–5–16–3) by Torben Neilsen. The other match was a somewhat less gripping affair, with Canada winning by 56 runs, their 209/6 (Vaughan 68) being more than enough for Fiji, for whom no batsman passed Browne's 34 as they were bowled out for 153.

Group C

PosTeamPWLNRAbRRPts
1Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka421013.82010
2Flag of Wales Wales421013.27710
3Flag of the United States United States421013.02210
4Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands412012.7266
5Flag of Israel Israel413002.1104


22 May 1979 Flag of the United States United States
126 (49.1 overs)
v Flag of Israel Israel
85 (46.0 overs)
United States won by 41 runs
Blossomfield Cricket Club, Blossomfield

22–23 May 1979 Flag of Wales Wales
170/7 (60.0 overs)
v Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
59/2 (30.0 overs)
Wales won by 26 runs (revised target)
Enville

The United States' total of 126 all out seemed vulnerable, with only three batsmen reaching 20 and R Reuben claiming 4–37, but once Israel had slumped to 47/7 in reply there was no way back, despite a defiant 24 not out from number nine Kanpol, and they lost by 41 runs. In the other Group C match played on this date (and the reserve date of 23 May), Wales (170/7) beat the Netherlands (59/2 off 30 overs) by 15 runs on countback. Ex-Middlesex batsman Jeffris Hopkins] made the difference with 71.


24 May 1979 Flag of Israel Israel
105 (51.5 overs)
v Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
107/2 (32.1 overs)
Netherlands won by 8 wickets
Banbury XX Cricket Club, [Banbury

24 May 1979 Flag of the United States United States
168 (56.3 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
170/4 (40.0 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
Saints Ground, Northampton

The Netherlands(107/2) cruised to an untroubled eight-wicket victory over Israel (105), thanks largely to five dismissals (3ct, 2st) by Rene Schoonheim and to Bakker's 60 not out. In the other game, a reasonable American total of 168 was boosted by a fifth-wicket stand of 90 between Stuger (48) and former first-class cricketer Kamran Rasheed, who hit 44. Despite the loss of two early wickets, a fine 76 not out from future Test batsman Roy Dias ensured that there were no real alarms for the Sri Lankans as they won by six wickets with 20 overs to go.


29–30 May 1979 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
v Flag of Wales Wales
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Hinckley Town Cricket Club

29–30 May 1979 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
v Flag of the United States United States
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Leamington Spa

Both games scheduled for this day – Netherlands v United States and Sri Lanka v Wales – were called off with no play having been possible.


1 June 1979 Flag of Wales Wales
234/5 (60.0 overs)
v Flag of Israel Israel
143/9 (60.0 overs)
Wales won by 91 runs
Astwood Bank

1 June 1979 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
212/8 (60.0 overs)
v Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
167/8 (60.0 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 45 runs
Moseley Cricket Club, Moseley

Wales piled up a daunting 234/5 against Israel, Jeffris Hopkins hitting 92 and Geoffrey Williams 67. Israel were never in the game after they slipped to 59/5, before restoring some respectability with a sixth-wicket stand of 61 thanks to Kessel (32) and Solomon (28); they eventually made 143/9 to lose by 91 runs. In the other match, 51 from Duleep Mendis and five other scores between 21 and 28 saw Sri Lanka to 212/8; Bakker made 74 in the Dutch reply but received little support and Sri Lanka won by 45 runs.


4 June 1979 Flag of the United States United States
190 (54.3 overs)
v Flag of Wales Wales
182 (58.5 overs)
United States won by 8 runs
Olton and West Warwickshire Cricket Club

4 June 1979 Flag of Israel Israel
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
Israel won by a walkover
Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club Ground

Sri Lanka refused on political grounds to play against Israel, meaning that the latter won by a walkover. However, the game that was played, between the United States and Wales, was an exciting affair. Anil Lashkari hit 73 to propel the Americans to a competitive total of 190, in reply to which the Welsh were going well at 139/4 with Geoff Ellis making 56. However, an excellent spell of bowling from Kamran Rasheed, more usually a wicket-keeper, turned the game; he took 5–17 from eight overs and Wales were dismissed for 182 with seven balls to go to lose by just eight runs.

Semi-finals – 6 June

Bermuda v Canada

Batting first, Bermuda were bowled out for 181 off 58.1 overs with no player making a big impression, but solid contributions from John Tucker (who made his team's top score of 49) and Gladstone Browne (34). In reply, Canada's innings began disastrously as they were reduced to 36/4, but once Bryan Mauricette (72 not out) and Tariq Javed (47) had added 111 for the sixth wicket the result was no longer in doubt and the Canadians recorded a four-wicket win with 13 balls to spare.

Denmark v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's powerful batting line-up saw their team through to a huge total of 318/7, including 88 from Dias, 68 from Mendis and 45 from captain Anura Tennekoon. The Danes began reasonably well in pursuit of such a daunting target, reaching 96/3 at one stage before wickets began to tumble and Denmark declined to 110 all out, a crushing 208-run loss. Bandula Warnapura (3–22), Somachandra de Silva (3–20) and Sudath Pasqual (3–7) were the pick of Sri Lanka's bowlers.

Final – 21 June

A high-scoring match saw 588 runs scored for the loss of 13 wickets, with Sri Lanka emerging victorious by the comfortable margin of 60 runs. Mendis hit 66 and Sunil Jayasinghe 64, with four other players passing 30, as the Sri Lankans made 324/8, the highest total of the entire tournament. Canada recovered from 34/2 to reach 182/3 at one stage with Vaughan making 80 and Marshall 55. Despite having wickets in hand, however, they could not keep up with the required run rate, ending up well short of their target on 264/5.

Leading batsmen

Qualification: 150 runs. Note: no batsman scored a century in the tournament.

1979 ICC Trophy – leading batsmen by runs scored
Name Team Inns NO Runs HS 50 Ave
Duleep Mendis Sri Lanka 4 0 221 68 3 55.25
Roy Dias Sri Lanka 4 1 214 88 2 71.33
John Vaughan Canada 6 3 211 80* 2 70.33
Henrik Mortensen Denmark 5 3 196 55* 2 98.00
Franklyn Dennis Canada 6 0 172 61 1 28.66
Cecil Marshall Canada 6 0 168 77 2 28.00
Jeffris Hopkins Wales 3 0 168 92 2 56.00
A Bakker Netherlands 3 2 153 74 2 153.00

Leading bowlers

Qualification: 10 wickets.

1979 ICC Trophy – leading bowlers by wickets taken
Name Team Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave] SR Econ
John Vaughan Canada 67.5 11 227 14 4–33 16.21 29.07 3.34
Winston Trott Bermuda 47 12 80 10 3–8 8.00 28.20 1.70
LP Young Ken Sen Singapore 31.1 1 101 10 5–44 10.10 18.70 3.24
Ashraful Haque Bangladesh 36.2 7 107 10 7–23 10.70 21.80 2.94
Ole Mortensen Denmark 56.4 15 129 10 4–15 12.90 34.00 2.27
Carsten Morild Denmark 45 10 130 10 4–12 13.00 27.00 2.88

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