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The First Winners of the ICC Cricket World Cup-The West Indies
Cricket World Cup 1975
The first ever ICC Cricket world cup was held in England in 1975,the competition was sponsored by Prudential and the matches were then contested with 60 overs for each side.Eight teams took part in the innovative competition Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan ,West Indies, Sri Lanka and East Africa.
They were divided into two groups of four and the semi finals were contested between England and Australia,New Zealand and The West Indies.
Gary Gilmour did the damage for for Ian Chappell's side on a bowlers Headingley wicket to take six wickets for 14 as the much fancied hosts were hurtled out for 93. England fought back and had the Aussies struggling at 39 for six, but Gilmour and Doug Walters brought the team home.
The West Indies had an easier time beating New Zealand by 5wickets.
The first ever ICC Cricket world cup final took place at Lord's the home of English cricket on June the 21st.
Australia won the toss and decided to let the West Indies bat first. A mixture of experience and youth,The Windies had a powerful batting lineup with many players able to dominate.However The west Indies lost three quick wickets before their captain Clive Lloyd began to exert himself,he hit a swashbuckling innings of 102 0f 85 balls (12,4's and 2, 6's).Some rapid batting in the tail enabled them to amass 291 for 8.
The experienced Aussies knew that this was not an easy run chase and thier captain Ian Chappel led the way with an impressive 62. It was down to some wonderful fielding from Viv Richards to swing things back in favour of West Indies. He ran out both the Chappel brothers,with the all important wicket of Ian being the best.Good West Indian bowling then restricted the Australians to 274, with five run outs in the innings. The west Indies had won by 18 runs.
Sothe inaugural cricket world cup and the Prudential Trophy was lifted by Clive Lloyd, the captain of West Indies and the man of the match. The Caribbean cricketers were worthy winners.
World Cup Winners
Year Winner Runner-up
1975 West Indies Australia
1979 West Indies Australia
1983 India West Indies
1987 Australia England
1992 Pakistan England
1996 Sri Lanka Australia
1999 Australia Pakistan
2003 Australia India
2007 Australia Sri Lanka
Future World Cups
Cricketing rivals Australia and New Zealand will host the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
The 2019 Cricket World Cup will be hosted by England,and the fifth time it has been held in England
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