HEADLINE: May 3, 1978: Riot at Sabina

link CaribbeanCricket.com Joined: Mar 5, 2003
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5/3/19, 8:02:29 AM 

The Brisbane Times has a look back to this day in 1978, when play was stopped in the fifth Test between the West Indies and Australia after the crowd at Sabina Park rioted in response to umpiring decisions.

 

A controversial and unique cricket series died a sad and painful death at Sabina Park here yesterday when the fifth Test between Australia and the West Indies was sabotaged by rioting Jamaicans and a pedantic umpire.

Despite agreements by both captains Bob Simpson and Alvin Kallicharran, and the West Indies Cricket Board of Control that the game should be completed, not one ball of the 6.2 overs to be bowled was delivered,

As a result Australia were stranded an inch from victory, and the West Indies won back the Frank Worrell Trophy by an unprecedented margin of three Tests to one.

 

Read the full article at The Brisbane Times.


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link mikesiva Joined: Jan 11, 2007
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5/3/19, 8:19:41 AM 
In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com

This was a series between two second elevens, because the first elevens were away playing Packer's World Series Cricket.

Kallicharran's men had already won this series 3-1, so this match was a dead rubber anyway....

This game is so unimportant in the scheme of things, I can only conclude that it was dredged up because of the riot alone....

link natty_forever Joined: Apr 27, 2003
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5/3/19, 9:05:12 AM 
In reply to mikesiva
As a result Australia were stranded an inch from victory, and the West Indies won back the Frank Worrell Trophy
… this tried to put a different spin to it.

link Discourse Joined: Jan 22, 2013
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5/3/19, 9:53:30 AM 
In reply to natty_forever

Yep, the spin doctors at work. I almost forgot it was 3-1.

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