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All-round Show of Gary Gilmour in World Cup

Gary Gilmour, an Australian cricketer, made an all-round performance in Cricket World Cup History in the semifinals of England and Australia.

Last updated: 18.06.2019
Gary Gilmour in World Cup 1975 Semifinals | Sports Social Blog

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18 June 1975 saw one of the best all-round performances in World Cup History. It was the first ever England vs Australia match in the World Cup and ended as a thriller. The match was also the semi-final of the 1st World Cup and was played at Headingley in front of an excited Yorkshire crowd.

However, England lost the toss and in conditions very much loaded for bowlers were sent in to bat. For Australia Gary Gilmour, the left arm seam bowler was included for his first World Cup match. Gilmour, playing only his third One Day International opened the bowling with Lillee and immediately made an impact when he got Dennis Amiss plumb in front. He did not stop there and took the wickets of Barry Wood, Keith Fletcher, Tony Greig and Frank Hayes for single-digit scores when he got his sixth victim Alan Knott for a duck. England were tottering with 36 for the loss of six wickets. They were soon 37/7 and looking down the barrel. Captain Mike Denness and Geoff Arnold provided some stability with 27 and 18 respectively but England could only score 93 as Gilmour finished with 12-6-14-6.


That 93 was looking more than enough when Australia lost their 6th wicket for just 39 runs. Old, Arnold and Snow all three English fast bowlers were bowling beautifully and shared the wickets. The hero of the first innings, Gilmour walked out with the bat and joined Doug Walters, the only recognized batsman left. On that day Gilmour could do nothing wrong as he hit five boundaries to score 28 runs off 28 balls in an unbeaten partnership of 55 runs with Walters (20*) to help Australia crossed the line comfortably. With this Australia also reached the final of the first World Cup. The match clearly belonged to Gary Gilmour who delivered a wonderful all-round effort. Three days later he would take another five-wicket haul in the final however that could not stop a rampaging West Indies from taking their first World Cup.

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