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Your Cricket World Cup memories

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by Anna T - BBC Sport (U5610873) 15 February 2007
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The 2007 Cricket World Cup is looming large with the ninth tournament in the competition's history kicking off on 13 March.

It is 32 years since the first World Cup was staged with the West Indies, boasting such luminaries as Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and Gordon Greenidge beating Australia in the final at Lord's.

Personally I was a bit too young to remember that game.

Vivid World Cup memories began for me in 1987 when Mike Gatting attempted a reverse sweep and failed miserably - England losing by seven runs to Australia in the final.

I still have nightmares about that as it was - and still is - the closest England have come to lifting the trophy.

I'm sure Gatting has woken up in a cold sweat a few time since then too!

So what are your favourite World Cup memories, what games stand out for you and why? Share them with us.

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posted Feb 15, 2007

Not sure about favourite, but my most vivid WC memory is of nursing a pint and a hangover in a near-empty pub whilst England capitulated to India to go out of the '99 WC.

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posted Feb 15, 2007

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No doubt that delivery which pitched two feet outside leg-stump, rattled into Thorpey's pads - the batsman being given out lbw - still gives you nightmares. I was driving to my parents' house for lunch and arrived in a foul mood. It straddled two days of course, that match

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posted Feb 15, 2007

"No doubt that delivery which pitched two feet outside leg-stump, rattled into Thorpey's pads - the batsman being given out lbw - still gives you nightmares. I was driving to my parents' house for lunch and arrived in a foul mood. It straddled two days of course, that match"

Indeed, it was the second day so to speak that I dragged myself to the pub, with said hangover, with reasonable hope of us pulling it off, then Thorpe got that decision and it all went down hill (the match and the hangover).

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posted Feb 15, 2007

Ohhh, the memories. I remember (as a teenager in Guyana) the adverts "Cricket Lovely Cricket, at Lords where you saw it"... me and and bunch of others straining to hear the commentay from a little transister radio. B.L. Crombie rushing in to announce "West Indies Won the World Cup! West Indies Won! I remember Lloyd blasting away and Kanhai keeping steady at the other end. I remember Viv running out a couple of Australians, little Kallicharran blasting Lilie all over the place. I remember the 3rd WC at Lords... with bittersweet memories. I was there in person and say some of my favourites, Faoud Bacchus, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and I still cannot believe the Indians beat us. Ahh, Cricket Lovely Cricket, at lords where I saw it!

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posted Feb 15, 2007

I was working at Lord's for the 1999 final. I was a grass steward, which meant I had to sit on a bench between the advertising hoardings. Hard work I am sure you'll agree! (there was more to it than that.)

There was a very drunk Aussie fan behind us. When the ball was hit for four towards us in front of the Grandstand, I stood up to collect the ball and throw it back to the fielder. Just as I got up, the Aussie attempted to vault the fence, after running down the aisle, and get on to the pitch to collect the ball. He miss timed his jump, clipped the gate thudded into me and then the ground. I was a little grogy, but in a much better state than him, as he landed face first into the turf. He was very quiet for the rest of the game.

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comment by sparkhi (U7509424)

posted Feb 16, 2007

My most thrilling cricket world cup memory is the tussle between Amir Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad in a match between India and Pakistan at Banagalore. Amir Sohail hit Prasad's delivery outside the boundary and then hinted to him that he will do the same thing again. On the next delivery he got out. It was the most thrilling experience. It still get me shivers when I watch it on youtube or similar.

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posted Feb 16, 2007

INDIA BEATING THE MIGHTY WEST INDIES IN THE FNAL -------- DEMONSTRATING THE GLORIOUS UNCERTAINTIES OF THIS WONDERFUL GAME.

A POM.

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posted Feb 17, 2007

Yes, the 1983 final, India beating the best-even West Indies team.

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posted Feb 17, 2007

Collis King and Viv Richards tonking big time in 1979 World Cup.

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posted Feb 17, 2007

There have been dubious distinctions too. In 1975, in response to England's 334, India made 132/3 in the entire 60 overs. Gavaskar, with so many great records to his name, made an unbeaten 36 in 174 balls. What was he thinking?

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