John Snow and Tony Greig bowled England to victory by 89 runs in the first test at Old Trafford near Manchester on Tuesday (13 June).
GTV Arnold bowls to Chappell, who hits ball and is caught by D'Olivera (2 shots)
SV & CTV Snow bowls to Watson who hits ball which is caught by Show (4 shots)
GTV Snow bowls to Stackpole who hits ball for four to reach 50.
LV Australian batsman inspecting pitch.
GTV Greig bowls to Marsh who is nearly run out (2 shots)
GTV Greig towels to Stackpole who is bowled out (2 shots)
MV Stackpole walks off pitch
GTV Show bowl to Colley who is caught by Greig (3 shots)
GTV Snow bowls to Marsh, and Edrich misses catch (2 shots)
GTV Marsh strikes six from a ball by Gifferd (3 shots)
CTV Greig bowls to Marsh who glances ball behind into wicket-keeper Knott's hands (3 shots)
LV Greig clean bowls Gleeson and Australia are all out. (3 shots)
"D'Oliveira took the catch, Chappell was out for 23. But his replacement, Watson, fared much worse. Facing Snow five minutes later... A curious stroke, and another wicket for Snow. Watson was out for a duck and Australia were 78 for 4. Show continued bowling to Stackpole, now Australia's main hope...A fine four gives Stackpole his 50, and a breath of encouragement to Australia. Though England could hardly have been worried. A little later they missed a chance to run Marsh out. Greig bawls...The bowler appeared to get in the way of Stackpole, so Boycott didn't hurry his throw in. But England were still thee so win. Greig to Stackpole...Australia wee now 136 for 7, with Greig putting out the match's top scorer, thus far, for 67. Then it was snow to Colley...After scoring only 4, he's caught by Greig, and Australia are in trouble. But they gave some chances...Edrich dropped the catch from Marsh, and Marsh went on to a brilliant innings. Facing Gifford... A splendid six. One of four to Marsh's credit, and part of a real face-saving innings for Australia which was stopped by Greig just short of a century...Caught behind by Knott for 91 -- the end of a terrific partnership which Gleeson and of any hopes Australia might have had. It was soon over. Greig to Gleeson...Out for a very respectable 30-- but England win by 89 runs. The final scores -- (SCORE-CARD: ENGLAND 249 and 234; AUSTRALIA 142 and 252)
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Background: John Snow and Tony Greig bowled England to victory by 89 runs in the first test at Old Trafford near Manchester on Tuesday (13 June). They took four wickets search as Australia were bowled out for 252 in their second innings. And the win brought England their first step towards retaining the Ashes.
The margin of victory would have been greater had not Rodney Marsh and Johnny Gleeson shared a magnificent ninth-wicket stand of 104 for Australia.
But the win was England's first victory in the opening match of a series against Australia since winning at Brisbane in 1936.
Marsh and Gleeson highlighted the inadequacies of Australia's early batting. The only specialist batsman to really succeed was Keith Stackpole.
Australia needed a god start on Tuesday if they were to deny England victory but they soon lost Greg Chappell and Graeme Watson to indifferent strokes. Doug Walters, John Inverarity and David Colley all went cheaply--and it was left to Marsh and Gleeson to retrieve some honour for Australia.
Marsh, who hit four high sixes off Norman Gifford and failed by only nine runs to become the first Australian wicket-keeper to score a century against England, was eventually out when he edged a ball from Greig to wicket-keeper Alan Knott.
One run later, Greig bowled Gleeson and Australia were all out. And at the end, England were 249 and 234 against Australia's 142 and 252.