Opener Geoff Boycott lifted England to a strong position in the Fifth Cricket Test against the Rest of the World with a fighting innings of 157 at the Oval (South London) today (Monday August 17).
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GV/SV Sobers to Boycott-hits 4 for his 100
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GV Lloyd to Boycott caught by Barlow and walks out (4 shots)
GV Lloyd to illingworth caught by ( 2 shots)
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Background: Opener Geoff Boycott lifted England to a strong position in the Fifth Cricket Test against the Rest of the World with a fighting innings of 157 at the Oval (South London) today (Monday August 17).
His score steered England to 344, leaving the Rest of the World 284 to win. At the close of play they had made 26 for the loss of Eddie Barlow, bowled by John Snow.
Boycott started the day well and reached his century before lunch with a for off Sobers. After the break he went on to score 157--his second highest Test score. His wicket fell finally to Lloyd, shortly before tea, when he glanced a catch to Barlow.
At Boycott's dismissal, England were 289 for 4. But England's fortunes changed with the remaining wickets falling for only 55 runs. Illingworth, the England captain was out second ball caught off Lloyd's bowling.
Boycott's innings won him the 250 sterling(600 dollars) prize for the best innings by an English player during the five match series. He batted for six and a quarter hours and hit 23 fours.
The Rest of the World have already won the series, having defeated England in three matches.