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Tejas Rathi ∙ Aug 13 2022, 8:23 AM

#OTD in 1976: Sir Viv Richards slammed his highest Test score 


image-l6rm8kp1Sir Viv Richards during his knock of 291

On this day, 46 years ago, Sir Viv Richards struck his highest score of 291 in red-ball cricket at The Oval. His knock helped the West Indies to end the five-match Test series against England on a positive note. 

Ahead of this game, the Caribbean team were already high on confidence due to an unassailable lead of 2-0. 


Viv Richards' knock kept West Indies ahead in first innings

Opting to bat first, the Caribbean team lost its opener Gordon Greenidge early. However, Richards came into the crease and infused confidence by his extravagant shots at his fellow partner Roy Fredericks. 

The duo added 154 runs for the second wicket, before Fredericks (71) made his way back into the hut. 

Richards continued his onslaught, but was caught off guard by Tony Greig's ball which took a sharp spin, and fell short of nine runs of a triple century.  

Clive Lloyd (84) and Lawrence Rowe (70) were the other key contributors to power visitors to declare on 687/8. In response, England were dismissed for 435, courtesy Micheal Holding's figures of 8/92. 

Michael Holding produces his best to dismantle England

Taking a lead of 252 runs, the Caribbean team declared on 182/0, with Fredericks (86*) and Greenidge (85*) at their absolute best. 

image-l6rm4ubkHolding registered his best red-ball figures of 14/149

Afterwards, the Three Lions could score only 203, with the top contribution of Alan Knott (57) Holding again impressed with figures of 6/57, while also registering his best red-ball figures of 14/149 and helping West Indies to win by 231 runs. 

Richards emerged as the top-scorer in the series with 829 runs in seven innings, and West Indies won the series 3-0. 


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