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West Indian cricket team in England in 1984
Flag of England
England
Flag of West Indies
West Indies
Dates 19 May 1984 – 14 August 1984
Captains David Gower Clive Lloyd
Test series
Result West Indies won the 5-match series 5–0
Most runs Allan Lamb (386) Gordon Greenidge (572
Most wickets Ian Botham (19) Joel Garner (29)
Player of the series Gordon Greenidge (Win)
One Day International series
Result West Indies won the 3-match series 2–1
Most runs Andy Lloyd (101) Viv Richards (276)
Most wickets Geoff Miller (6) Joel Garner (5)
Player of the series David Gower (Eng)
Viv Richards (Win)

The West Indian cricket team in England in 1984 played three One Day Internationals and five Tests. West Indies beat England 2–1 in the ODI series and then whitewashed England in the Test series, winning 5–0 and to date remains the first and only time any touring side to England has achieved this feat. West Indies were captained by Clive Lloyd throughout, and England by David Gower.

The average number of runs by the English captain was nineteen, as were the average number of runs per English player in the Fifth Test. Comedian Rory Bremner sang about the debacle in the song "N-n-nineteen Not Out", a parody of the Paul Hardcastle Vietnam War song "19".

West Indies touring squad

Winston Davis replaced Small who went home with a knee injury.

Tour matches

Three-day match: Worcestershire v West Indians

19–21 May 1984
Scorecard
West Indies
412/9 Dec (116 overs)
v Worcestershire
124/1 (45 overs)
Match drawn
County Ground, New Road, Worcester
Umpires: HD Bird and DO Oslear
Greenidge 138
Inchmore 3/91 (28 overs)
Curtis 82*
Baptiste 1/33 (8 overs)

Three-day match: Somerset v West Indians

23–25 May 1984
Scorecard
Somerset
116 (61.3 overs)
v West Indies
342 (110.2 overs)
West Indians won by an innings and 101 runs
County Ground, Taunton
Umpires: DJ Constant and DR Shepherd
Wyatt 45
Harper 5/32 (19.3 overs)
Harper 73
Dredge 3/62 (24.2 overs)
125 (48.2 overs)
Wyatt 69
Marshall 5/31 (19.2 overs)

Three-day match: Glamorgan v West Indians

26–28 May 1984
Scorecard
Glamorgan v West Indies West Indians won by an innings and 226 runs
St Helen's, Swansea
Umpires: DGL Evans and BJ Meyer

Three-day match: Northamptonshire v West Indians

9–11 June 1984
Scorecard
Northamptonshire v West Indies Match drawn
Manor Fields, Bletchley, Milton Keynes
Umpires: DJ Constant and DGL Evans

Three-day match: Essex v West Indians

23–25 June 1984
Scorecard
West Indies v Essex Match drawn
County Ground, Chelmsford
Umpires: J Birkenshaw and DO Oslear

Three-day match: Leicestershire v West Indians

7–9 July 1984
Scorecard
Leicestershire v West Indies Match drawn
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires: JW Holder and KE Palmer

Three-day match: Derbyshire v West Indians

21–23 July 1984
Scorecard
West Indies v Derbyshire West Indians won by an innings and 169 runs
County Ground, Derby
Umpires: R Julian and B Leadbeater

Three-day match: Nottinghamshire v West Indians

1–3 August 1984
Scorecard
West Indies
361/4 (96 overs)
v Nottinghamshire Match drawn
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: B Dudleston and JH Harris
Logie 122*
Pick 2/95 (23 overs)

Three-day match: Middlesex v West Indians

4–6 August 1984
Scorecard
West Indies v Middlesex Match drawn
Lord's, London
Umpires: MJ Kitchen and R Palmer

One Day Internationals (ODIs)

The West Indies won the Texaco Trophy 2-1.

1st ODI

31 May 1984
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
272/9 (55 overs)
v Flag of England England
168 (50 overs)
West Indies won by 104 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: DJ Constant and DR Shepherd
Player of the match: IVA Richards (WIN)
IVA Richards 189* (170)
G Miller 3/32 (11 overs)
AJ Lamb 75 (89)
J Garner 3/18 (8 overs)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
  • TA Lloyd (ENG) made his ODI debut.

2nd ODI

2 June 1984
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
179 (48.3 overs)
v Flag of England England
180/7 (47.5 overs)
England won by 3 wickets
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: HD Bird and DO Oslear
Player of the match: DR Pringle (ENG)
CH Lloyd 52 (66)
DR Pringle 3/21 (10 overs)
TA Lloyd 49 (103)
MA Holding 2/29 (8.5 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was reduced before play started from 55 to 50 overs per side.

3rd ODI

4 June 1984
Scorecard
Flag of England England
196/9 (55 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
197/2 (46.5 overs)
West Indies won by 8 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: DGL Evans and BJ Meyer
Player of the match: RA Harper (WIN)
TA Lloyd 37 (83)
MD Marshall 3/38 (11 overs)
IVA Richards 84* (65)
G Miller 1/35 (9 overs)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to field.

The three ODIs were played on 31 May, 2 June and 4 June. West Indies won the First ODI at Old Trafford comfortably, thanks to a huge 189* scored by Viv Richards. England bowled West Indies out for 179 in the Second ODI at Trent Bridge, and levelled the series 1–1, but West Indies bowled England out for 184 in the deciding Third ODI at Lord's and won easily, by 8 wickets.

Test matches

The Test series was a historic 5-0 "blackwash" to West Indies, with victories by wide margins in all 5 Tests.

First Test

14 – 18 June 1984
(5-day match)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
191 (59.3 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
606 (143 overs)
West Indies won by an innings and 180 runs
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: HD Bird and BJ Meyer
Player of the match: HA Gomes (WIN)
IT Botham 64 (82)
J Garner 4/53 (14.3 overs)
HA Gomes 143 (279)
DR Pringle 5/108 (31 overs)
235 (76.5 overs)
PR Downton 56 (187)
J Garner 5/55 (23.5 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 17 June was taken as a rest day.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in four.
  • TA Lloyd (ENG) made his Test debut.

England won the toss and decided to bat. Half an hour into the opening session, debutant opening batsman Andy Lloyd was hit on the head by a short-pitched ball bowled by Malcolm Marshall. Lloyd left the field and spent several days in hospital; he did not play cricket again in 1984 and never played another Test Match. England were soon in trouble on 89–5, but Ian Botham hit 64 and England reached a total of 191, with Joel Garner taking 4–53.

West Indies reach a mammoth 606 in reply, with five batsmen (and extras) reaching half-centuries. Top scorers were Larry Gomes (143) and Viv Richards (117), who shared a third-wicket stand of 206. Richards also became the fourth West Indian batsman to pass 5,000 runs in Tests. Captain Clive Lloyd scored 71, and the West Indian tail-enders were also in the runs, with number 9 Eldine Baptiste (87*) and number 10 Michael Holding (69) sharing a 9th wicket stand of 150. Derek Pringle took 5–108, one of four England bowlers to concede over 100 runs.

Despite 56 by wicketkeeper Paul Downton, promoted to makeshift opening batsman in the absence of Andy Lloyd, England were unable to save the match, losing on the fourth day, with another 5-55 for Garner.

Second Test

28 June – 3 July 1984
(5-day match)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
286 (105.5 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
245 (65.4 overs)
West Indies won by 9 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: DGL Evans and BJ Meyer
Player of the match: IT Botham (ENG) and CG Greenidge (WIN)
G Fowler 106 (259)
MD Marshall 6/85 (36.5 overs)
IVA Richards 72 (94)
IT Botham 8/103 (27.4 overs)
300/9d (98.3 overs) 344/1 (66.1 overs)
AJ Lamb 110 (260)
MA Small 3/40 (12 overs)
CG Greenidge 214* (242)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to field.
  • 1 July was taken as a rest day.
  • BC Broad (ENG) made his Test debut.

West Indies won the toss and put England in to bat. The decision looked poor after a century opening stand, and England reached 286, with opening batsmen Graeme Fowler (106) and debutant Chris Broad (55) top scorers, and extras third on 35. Marshall took 6-85.

England took a first-innings lead when the West Indies were dismissed for 245, with Botham taking 8-103. This was the first occasion that an Englishman had taken 8 wickets against West Indies in England. Clive Lloyd scored a modest 39, becoming the second West Indian batsman to pass 7,000 Test runs. In England's second innings, Allan Lamb scored 110 and Botham 81, and England declared at 300-9 early on the fifth day.

West Indies achieved the target of 342 runs to win with ease, in 66.1 overs, losing only one wicket, thanks to an unbroken stand of 287 between Gordon Greenidge (214*) and Gomes (92*).

Third Test

12 – 16 July 1984
(5-day match)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
270 (97.2 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
302 (73.5 overs)
West Indies won by 8 wickets
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: DJ Constant and DGL Evans
Player of the match: HA Gomes (WIN)
AJ Lamb 100 (186)
MA Holding 4/70 (29.2 overs)
HA Gomes 104* (197)
PJW Allott 6/61 (26.5 overs)
159 (65 overs) 131/2 (32.3 overs)
G Fowler 50 (128)
MD Marshall 7/53 (26 overs)
CG Greenidge 49 (96)
NGB Cook 2/27 (9 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 15 July was taken as a rest day.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in four.
  • VP Terry (ENG) made his Test debut.

England won the toss and batted first again for the third Test running. Lamb reached 100 as England were all out for 270, and 4-70 for Holding. In the process, Holding became the second West Indian to take 200 Test wickets. The West Indies secured a narrow first-innings lead, reaching 302, with 104* to Gomes, and Holding second-highest on 59. Paul Allott took 6–61.

England were bowled out cheaply in their second innings, for 159, with Marshall taking 7–53, his best career bowling analysis to date (notwithstanding a thumb broken in two places), and West Indies reached their victory target with 8 wickets in hand.

Batsman Paul Terry made his Test debut for England, but scored only 8 and 1. This was the last Test played by Bob Willis.

Fourth Test

26 – 31 July 1984
(5-day match)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
280 (105.2 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
500 (160.3 overs)
West Indies won by an innings and 64 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: HD Bird and DO Oslear
Player of the match: CG Greenidge (WIN)
AJ Lamb 100* (185)
J Garner 4/51 (22.2 overs)
CG Greenidge 223 (425)
PI Pocock 4/121 (45.3 overs)
156 (f/o) (66.4 overs)
DI Gower 57* (153)
RA Harper 6/57 (28.4 overs)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 29 July was taken as a rest day.

West Indies won the toss and batted first for the first time in the series. By the close of the second day, they had reached 500 all out, with a second double century for Greenidge (223) and a century for wicketkeeper Jeff Dujon (101). Veteran off-spinner Pat Pocock, recalled for the match, achieved England's best bowling figures, 4–121.

In England's reply, their number 3 batsman, Paul Terry, playing in his second match for England, had scored 7 runs when he was struck by a ball bowled by Winston Davis. His arm was broken, and he left the field. England lost its ninth wicket with 278 runs on the board, needing 23 runs to save the follow-on. Terry returned with his arm in plaster and hanging by a sling. He watched Allan Lamb reach his century, but was then unable to defend his wicket, bowled without adding to his score by Joel Garner, his fourth wicket (4–51). England had reached 280, with Lamb again top scorer on 100*, his third century in consecutive Test matches, and extras second highest, on 44.

England were made to follow on, and were bowled out for 156, Roger Harper's off spin taking 6–57. Terry did not bat for England again.

Fifth Test

9 – 14 August 1984
(5-day match)
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
190 (70 overs)
v Flag of England England
162 (61.5 overs)
West Indies won by 172 runs
The Oval, London
Umpires: DJ Constant and BJ Meyer
Player of the match: DL Haynes (WIN)
CH Lloyd 60* (112)
IT Botham 5/72 (23 overs)
G Fowler 31 (51)
MD Marshall 5/35 (17.5 overs)
346 (96.3 overs) 202 (69.4 overs)
DL Haynes 125 (329)
RM Ellison 3/60 (26 overs)
IT Botham 54 (51)
MA Holding 5/43 (13 overs)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 12 August was taken as a rest day.
  • JP Agnew and RM Ellison (both ENG) made their Test debuts.

In the final Test, West Indies won the toss again, and again decided to bat. England bowlers Jonathan Agnew and Richard Ellison made their debuts, and England achieved rare penetration with the ball, reducing West Indies to 70–6. Clive Lloyd scored 60*, to bring them to a more respectable total of 190 all out before the close on the first day. Botham took 5–72, becoming the first cricketer to reach the all-rounders "triple double" of 300 wickets and 3,000 runs in Tests.

England's batsman were unable to capitalise on the relative success of their bowlers. They were bowled out for 162, with only Fowler scoring more than 20, Marshall taking 5–35. West Indies piled on the runs in their second innings, reaching 346, with a century to Desmond Haynes (125). Needing to score 375 to win, England subsided to 202 all out, with Botham top scorer on 54. Garner (45–1) and Holding (5–43) taking 9 wickets between them. On the final day, Pocock was the fourth Test cricketer to be dismissed for a "pair" in consecutive matches.

Legacy

West Indies achieved the fifth 5–0 whitewash in Test history, the first (and to date only) five-Test whitewash by a touring side, a remarkable feat for a series played in England considering its variable summer weather. By the end of the Fifth Test the West Indies had won eight tests in a row and would go on to set the then record of 11 consecutive wins. This series is generally seen as the height of West Indies' power, who would remain the dominant Test nation for the rest of the decade.

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