Brilliant fast bowling by Australia's Dennis Lillee could not prevent England from keeping a firm hold on the first cricket Test at Manchester's Old Trafford On Monday (12 June).
GV & SV Smith caught by wicket keeper from ball bowled by Lillee (3 shots) (England batting)
GV & SV Greig hits four off Colley (3 shots)
GV Illingworth caught Ian Chappell bowled Lillee (4 shots)
SV & GV Snow LBW to Lillee (2 shots)
GTV & STV Gifford caught March bowled Lillee (3 shots)
GV Chappell bowls Greig (3 shots) England all out 234.
SV ZOOM BACK TO GV Crowd as rain starts
LV Groundmen covering wicket
MV & LV Francis LBW to Snow (3 shots) (Australia batting)
GTV Chappell caught Knott, bowled Snow (2 shots)
CU Score card at end of day's play
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Overnight batsman Mike Smith took his score to 34, then faced Lillee and was then caught behind, to follow D'Oliveira who'd been caught off Lillee earlier. Meanwhile, Tony Greig--here with a drive off Colley--batted steadily towards his second half century of the match. He finished as England's top scorer in both innings. Then with the score at 234 for six, Lillee with the new ball bowled to Illingworth. The Australian captain Ian Chappell took the catch and Illingworth was out for 14. England fast bowler Snow survived one ball from Lillee but that was all Out LBW, and now it was the last man in Gifford to face the last ball of the over from Lillee. And he was caught behind to give Lillee his sixth wicket and Rodney Marsh his first catch of the innings--to equal the Test record. It was now Greg Chappell's turn with the new ball against Tony Greig. And Greig was clean bowled for 62, England were all out for 234. Rain delayed the start of Australia's innings, and interrupted play again later. Nearly an hour and a half was lost in all. But when play did start, the tourists were soon in trouble. Francis faces Snow in his second over. And is out LBW for six. Australia nine for one. 22 runs later, Snow again to Ian Chappell. And he's caught behind by Knott. Greg Chappell and Stackpole saw out play, and Australia finished 57 for two. So they still need 285 to win with one day to go."
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This film was recorded off the British Broadcasting Corporation coverage. The commentary is by Clive Jacobs.
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Background: Brilliant fast bowling by Australia's Dennis Lillee could not prevent England from keeping a firm hold on the first cricket Test at Manchester's Old Trafford On Monday (12 June).
Lillee took six for 66 as England crashed from 234 for six to 234 all out in the second innings.
Despite the dramatic collapse, Australia were left needing 342 to win. At the end of the fourth day of the five-day match they were 57 for two.
Tony Greig, the South African-born all-rounder, was the only England batsman to resist Lillee with any certainty. He made 62, his second half-century of the match.
Rain delayed the start of Australia's innings, and interrupted play later. Nearly an hour and a half was lost in all.
As the fourth day of the first test between Australia and England at Old Trafford began on Monday, Dennis Lillee, soon here dismissing England's Mike Smith, struck hard for Australia. England's Tony Greig here hitting a four off Colley, helped to save his side.
Greig was England's top scorer in both innings.
With the score 234 for six, Lillee bowls to Illingworth...Australian team captain Ian Chappel makes the catch and Illingworth is out for 14.
England bowler Snow survived one ball from Lillee, but that was all...now its Gifford, the last man in to face the last bowl of the ever from Lillee...
Gifford was caught, giving Lillee his sixth wicket and Marsh his fifth catch of the innings...Then it was Chappells turn against Greig...
He was clean bowled for 62, and England was all out for 234. Rain delayed play at the start of australia's innings, and interrupted play later. Nearly an hour and a half was lost in all. When play resumed, the Australians were seen in trouble.
Francis faces Snow in his second over...and he's out LBW for six. Australia nine for one...22 runs later, Snow again to Chappell, who's caught behind by Knott...Despite their effects, the Australians could not prevent England keeping a firm held with one day of play remaining.
Australia chasing a total of 342 had scored 57 for two at the close.