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The 1975 Cricket World Cup (aka Prudential Cup, 1975) was the first edition of the tournament. It was held from June 7 to June 21, 1975 in Englandmarker. 8 countries participated in the event. The preliminary matches were played in 2 groups of 4 each. The top two teams in each group played the semifinals, whose winners played the final.

The matches played consisted of 60 over per team and were played in traditional white clothing and with red balls. They were all played during the day and hence started early. One of the most bizarre batting efforts in one-day history was made by Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar. England scored 334 (4 wickets, 60 overs) with Dennis Amiss (137 from 147 balls, 18 fours) scoring the first ever World Cup century, nobly supported by Keith Fletcher (68 from 107 balls, 4 fours, 1 six). The response of Gavaskar (36 from 174 balls, 1 four) was to bat through the 60 overs for 36 not out.

The Prudential Cup was lifted by Clive Lloyd, captain of the West Indies who started as the favourites.


Group A

Group B


City Ground Location Capacity
Birminghammarker Edgbastonmarker Edgbastonmarker, Birminghammarker 21,000
Londonmarker Lord'smarker St John's Woodmarker, Londonmarker 30,000
Leedsmarker Headingley Stadiummarker Headingleymarker, Leedsmarker 14,000
Manchestermarker Old Traffordmarker Stretfordmarker, Manchestermarker 19,000
Nottinghammarker Trent Bridgemarker West Bridgfordmarker, Nottinghammarker 15,350
Londonmarker The Ovalmarker Kenningtonmarker, Londonmarker 23,500

Group Stage

Group A

Team Pts Pld W L RR
England 12 3 3 0 4.94
New Zealand 8 3 2 1 4.07
India 4 3 1 2 3.24
East Africa 0 3 0 3 1.90

7 June 1975 England v India.

7 June 1975 East Africa v New Zealand.

11 June 1975 England v New Zealand.

11 June 1975 East Africa v India.

14 June 1975 England v East Africa.

14 June 1975 India v New Zealand.

Group B

Team Pts Pld W L RR
West Indies 12 3 3 0 4.35
Australia 8 3 2 1 4.43
Pakistan 4 3 1 2 4.45
Sri Lanka 0 3 0 3 2.78

7 June 1975 Australia v Pakistan.

7 June 1975 Sri Lanka v West Indies.

11 June 1975 Australia v Sri Lanka.

11 June 1975 Pakistan v West Indies.

14 June 1975 Australia v West Indies.

14 June 1975 Pakistan v Sri Lanka.

Knockout stage


18 June 1975 1st Semi Final: England v Australia.

In the best World Cup performance to date by a bowler, Gary Gilmour (6/14) took six wickets as England were bowled all out for 93 (all out, 36.2 overs), after falling to 7/37. Australia initially suffered a collapse just as dramatic, falling to 6/39, before Gary Gilmour (28 from 28 balls, 5 fours) brought them home in a fantastic all-round performance.

18 June 1975 2nd Semi Final: New Zealand v West Indies.

The West Indies won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat first. New Zealand batted well against the bowling at first, reaching 1/98. However, when captain Glenn Turner (36 from 74 balls, 3 fours) and Geoff Howarth (51 from 93 balls, 3 fours) fell, breaking a second-wicket partnership of 90 runs, New Zealand lost 9/60 to fall to 158 (all out, 52.2 overs). The West Indies responded, with Alvin Kallicharan (72 from 92 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) and Gordon Greenidge (55 from 95 balls, 9 fours, 1 six) sharing a second-wicket partnership of 125 runs that brought the West Indies to their target.


In the final, the West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs, after an accomplished innings from captain Clive Lloyd (102 from 85 balls, 12 fours, 2 sixes). The Australian innings was marked by top-order batsmen being run out when going for runs after misfields. A total of five of their team were run out, three by Vivian Richards. There was no 'Man of the Series' awarded in 1975.

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