List of World Series Cricket international centuries

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Viv Richards.
Viv Richards scored 4 centuries in World Series Cricket, second only to Greg Chappell.

World Series Cricket (WSC) was a professional cricket competition established by Kerry Packer which ran from 1977 and 1979. Packer set the competition up after failing to gain the rights to show Test cricket on his Channel Nine television channel.[1] It was opposed by the International Cricket Conference (ICC),[a] who ruled that such matches would not be first-class,[3] and any players taking part would be banned from playing in officially sanctioned cricket, although the latter was ruled to be a "restraint of trade" and was not enforceable.[4] They also barred the WSC from using the term "Test matches", or naming a team "Australia". As a result, the matches were dubbed "Supertests", while the teams were WSC Australia XI, WSC West Indies XI and WSC World XI. In all, 16 Supertests and 58 international one-day matches were played, before Packer and the Australian Cricket Board came to an agreement in May 1979, and World Series Cricket came to an end.[3]

The first Supertest began on 2 December 1977,[3] although the first century (100 or more runs in a single innings) was not scored until the third match, in which Ian Chappell accumulated 141 runs in the first innings.[5][6] Bruce Laird and Viv Richards went on to score centuries in the same match.[6] A month later, Barry Richards achieved the competition's first double century, scoring 207 runs for the WSC World XI.[7] In the same innings, Gordon Greenidge and Richards also passed a hundred, while Greg Chappell did so in the second innings for WSC Australia XI.[8] In the next match, Greg Chappell surpassed Richards' total, remaining 246 not out, one of his record five WSC centuries.[9]

Only two centuries were made in the international one-day matches. Kepler Wessels scored the first, accruing 136 runs; his score is the highest in WSC one-day international matches, and makes him the only player to have scored a century in both a Supertest and an international one-day match in the WSC.[10][11] The other century was scored by Martin Kent, who scored 109 runs.[12] In all, 25 centuries were scored in Supertests, and 2 in international one-day matches. Seven of the centuries were scored at VFL Park in Melbourne, the most of any venue.

Key

Symbol Meaning
* The century scorer remained not out.
Inn. The innings of the match in which the player scored his century.
Date The date on which the match began.
Lost The match was lost by the century scorer's team.
Won The match was won by the century scorer's team.
Drawn The match was drawn.

Century scores

Centuries in Supertests[7]
No. Player Score For Against Inn. Venue Date Result Ref(s)
1 Chappell, IanIan Chappell 141 WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 1 Football Park, Adelaide 31 December 1977 Won [6][13]
2 Laird, BruceBruce Laird 106 2 WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 3 Football Park, Adelaide 31 December 1977 Won [6][13]
3 Richards, VivViv Richards 123 WSC West Indies XI WSC Australia XI 4 Football Park, Adelaide 31 December 1977 Lost [6][13]
4 Laird, BruceBruce Laird 106 1 WSC Australia XI WSC World XI 1 RAS Showground, Sydney 14 January 1978 Lost [14][15]
5 Richards, VivViv Richards 119 WSC World XI WSC Australia XI 2 RAS Showground, Sydney 14 January 1978 Won [14][15]
6 Richards, BarryBarry Richards 207 WSC World XI WSC Australia XI 1 Gloucester Park, Perth 27 January 1978 Won [8][14]
7 Greenidge, GordonGordon Greenidge 140 WSC World XI WSC Australia XI 1 Gloucester Park, Perth 27 January 1978 Won [8][14]
8 Richards, VivViv Richards 177 WSC World XI WSC Australia XI 1 Gloucester Park, Perth 27 January 1978 Won [8][14]
9 Chappell, GregGreg Chappell 174 WSC Australia XI WSC World XI 2 Gloucester Park, Perth 27 January 1978 Lost [8][14]
10 McCosker, RickRick McCosker 129 WSC Australia XI WSC World XI 1 VFL Park, Melbourne 9 February 1978 Won [14][16]
11 Chappell, GregGreg Chappell 246* WSC Australia XI WSC World XI 1 VFL Park, Melbourne 9 February 1978 Won [14][16]
12 Richards, VivViv Richards 170 WSC World XI WSC Australia XI 2 VFL Park, Melbourne 9 February 1978 Lost [14][16]
13 Iqbal, AsifAsif Iqbal 107 WSC World XI WSC West Indies XI 1 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 21 December 1978 Won [17][18]
14 Wessels, KeplerKepler Wessels 126 WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 1 VFL Park, Melbourne 12 January 1979 Drawn [17][11]
15 Hookes, DavidDavid Hookes 116 WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 1 VFL Park, Melbourne 12 January 1979 Drawn [17][11]
16 Rowe, LawrenceLawrence Rowe 175 WSC West Indies XI WSC Australia XI 2 VFL Park, Melbourne 12 January 1979 Drawn [17][11]
17 Richards, BarryBarry Richards 101* WSC World XI WSC Australia XI 4 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 2 February 1979 Won [17][19]
18 Lloyd, CliveClive Lloyd 197 WSC West Indies XI WSC Australia XI 3 Sabina Park, Kingston 23 February 1979 Won [20][21]
19 Laird, BruceBruce Laird 122 WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 1 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 16 March 1979 Won [20][22]
20 Chappell, GregGreg Chappell 150 WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 3 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 16 March 1979 Won [20][22]
21 Chappell, GregGreg Chappell 113 WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 1 Bourda, Georgetown 25 March 1979 Drawn [20][23]
22 King, CollisCollis King 110 WSC West Indies XI WSC Australia XI 2 Bourda, Georgetown 25 March 1979 Drawn [20][23]
23 Chappell, GregGreg Chappell 104 WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 1 Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's 6 April 1979 Drawn [20][24]
24 Rowe, LawrenceLawrence Rowe 135 WSC West Indies XI WSC Australia XI 2 Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's 6 April 1979 Drawn [20][24]
25 Marsh, RodRod Marsh 102* WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 3 Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's 6 April 1979 Drawn [20][24]
Centuries in international one-day matches
No. Player Score For Against Inn. Venue Date Result Ref(s)
1 Wessels, KeplerKepler Wessels 136 WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 1 VFL Park, Melbourne 27 January 1979 Won [10][25]
2 Kent, MartinMartin Kent 109 WSC Australia XI WSC West Indies XI 2 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 7 March 1979 Lost [12][26]

See also

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ The International Cricket Conference was renamed the International Cricket Council in 1989.[2]

References

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