An enthusiastic crowd of over 8,000 cricket fans watched the Rest of the World Eleven play their way brilliantly to victory in the fifth Test Match at London's Oval on Tuesday (August 18) by four wickets to win the match and the series by four-to-one.
PAN from wicket to boundary as four is scored by Pollock
GV Pollock clean bowled by Illingworth at 28
SV Illingworth bowling to Sobers drives to boundary
GV Snow to Kanhai - Kanhai scores a single for century
SV Spectators mob Kanhai on pitch (2 shots)
LV Scoreboard shows 241 runs for four
GV Kanhai caught in slips by Fletcher
SV Wilson comes on to bowl
SV Sobers at wicket
GV Wilson to Sobers boundary
LV Spectators line edge of pitch
SV Sobers receiving
GV Sobers lashes out to hit winning shot and crowd rush on to pitch
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Background: An enthusiastic crowd of over 8,000 cricket fans watched the Rest of the World Eleven play their way brilliantly to victory in the fifth Test Match at London's Oval on Tuesday (August 18) by four wickets to win the match and the series by four-to-one.
The victory for the Rest of the World earned them 11,000 sterling in prize money - 2,000 sterling for each win and 3,000 sterling for winning the series.
The cricket which brought the winning result was some of the brightest seen from a visiting side to England. Sobers, who deservedly hit the winning boundary, was in his usual inimitable magnificent form and scored 40 not out.
England in their first innings scored 294 and 344 in the second innings. The Rest of the World replied with 355 and 287 for six.
Rohan Kanhai, with some beautifully timed strokes, scored exactly 100 before being caught by Fletcher from a ball by Snow.
On the final day the Rest of the World, with only one wicket down, came out to bat with determination. England's hopes were far from high, but they rose when Pollock was dismissed for 28, clean bowled by Illingworth.
But then came the run-a-minute partnership between. Lloyd and Kanhai, which produced 123. After Lloyd went for 68, caught Knott, bowled Snow, England still had a chance, but Gary Sobers once again thwarted any hopes of an England victory with a magnificent display of aggressive batting.
Illingworth brought wilson back on to bowl - even though he had eight stitches in his bowling hand. There was little sympathy for him from Sobers.
The only other wicket to impede the Rost's invincible progress was that of Mushtaq who made only 8 runs before being caught by Fletcher off Snow.
Excited spectators gathered along the boundary anticipating the winning hit. And when Sobers performed the final act of execution, they flooded onto the pitch and chased the cricketers all the way to the Pavilion. It was an exciting and fitting finale to an excellent series.
After the match England captain, Ray Illingworth said that he hoped the way in which the West Indians and South Africans had played together would lead to the resumption of Test Cricket with South Africa. "Let us hope," he said "that someone, somewhere has some sense".