Chris Old
Chris Old bowled 10 overs – five of them maiden – and took four wickets (Getty Images)

In the build-up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, CricketCountry brings to you the most memorable moments and matches from the Cricket World Cup – right from its first edition, way back in 1975. With 95 days to go, in our latest World Cup Countdown, we recall how Canada were skittled for a meagre 45 in their clash against England – then lowest total in ODI history.

Canada came second in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers (after Sri Lanka), thus sneaking through as the eighth team in World Cup 1979. They even managed to bat out their full quota of 60 overs against Pakistan at Headingley, scoring 139 for nine, though they lost by eight wickets. England, on the other hand, steamrolled a depleted Australia by six wickets at Lord’s. (ALSO READ: Hendrick takes 4/15 as England clinch a thriller)

When the teams met at Old Trafford, nobody gave Canada a chance, though nobody was prepared for what followed at Old Trafford. Rain ruled out play for the day, forcing the organisers to use the reserve day. Play could not continue beyond an hour on the reserve day either, and when they did, Bryan Mauricette decided to bat against a four-pronged pace attack consisting of Bob Willis, Mike Hendrick, Ian Botham, and Chris Old.

Canada were no match for the English seamers. Glenroy Sealy fell early; Christopher Chappell, the only Chappell of the tournament, hung around for 31 balls for 5; Tariq Javed scored 4 off 40 balls before Old trapped him leg-before; and the floodgates opened. Old clean-bowled John Vaughan, Cecil Marshall, and Martin Stead.

Franklyn Dennis was the only one to stand firm, scoring a 99-ball 21 before he was hit wicket off Willis, who mopped up the last four wickets in the space of seven runs. Canada were bowled out for 45 in 40.3 overs, the lowest ODI score at that time. It still remains the joint seventh-lowest of all time.

Mike Brearley and Geoff Boycott began cautiously before the former was trapped leg-before off John Valentine. Derek Randall was bowled by Robert Callender, a heavy storm stopped proceedings between 3.30 PM and 7 PM, following which play resumed amidst bright sunshine. Graham Gooch walked out and helped England to victory with two fours and six in the 14th over.

Brief Scores: Canada 45 in 40.3 overs (Bob Willis 4 for 11, Chris Old 4 for 8) lost to England 46 for 2 in 13.5 overs by 8 wickets