With the passing away of Richie Benaud, what a lovely commentator he was, it is time to recall the most perfect test match ever played. The 1960-61 tied test match between Australia and West Indies at Brisbane. In days past, I would look for hours upon hours at old score cards from days gone by, trying to recreate those games in my head, aided by the writings of the old cricket masters.

The Frank Worrell Trophy – 1st Test
Australia v West Indies
Match tied
Test no. 498 | 1960/61 season
Played at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
9,10,12,13,14 December 1960 (5-day match)
West Indies 1st innings R M 4s 6s
CC Hunte c Benaud b Davidson 24 37 4 0
CW Smith c †Grout b Davidson 7 26 0 0
RB Kanhai c †Grout b Davidson 15 32 3 0
GS Sobers c Kline b Meckiff 132 174 21 0
FMM Worrell* c †Grout b Davidson 65 159 8 0
JS Solomon hit wicket b Simpson 65 141 8 0
PD Lashley c †Grout b Kline 19 36 2 1
FCM Alexander† c Davidson b Kline 60 190 5 0
S Ramadhin c Harvey b Davidson 12 12 2 0
WW Hall st †Grout b Kline 50 69 8 0
AL Valentine not out 0 2 0 0
Extras (lb 3, w 1) 4
Total (all out; 100.6 overs) 453 (3.37 runs per 6 balls)
Fall of wickets 1-23 (Smith), 2-42 (Hunte), 3-65 (Kanhai), 4-239 (Sobers), 5-243 (Worrell), 6-283 (Lashley), 7-347 (Solomon), 8-366 (Ramadhin), 9-452 (Hall), 10-453 (Alexander)
Bowling O M R W Econ
AK Davidson 30 2 135 5 3.37
I Meckiff 18 0 129 1 5.37
KD Mackay 3 0 15 0 3.75
R Benaud 24 3 93 0 2.90
RB Simpson 8 0 25 1 2.34
LF Kline 17.6 6 52 3 2.19
Australia 1st innings R M 4s 6s
CC McDonald c Hunte b Sobers 57 111 6 0
RB Simpson b Ramadhin 92 260 7 0
RN Harvey b Valentine 15 63 0 0
NC O’Neill c Valentine b Hall 181 401 22 0
LE Favell run out 45 93 1 2
KD Mackay b Sobers 35 104 4 0
AK Davidson c †Alexander b Hall 44 81 4 0
R Benaud* lbw b Hall 10 17 0 0
ATW Grout† lbw b Hall 4 4 1 0
I Meckiff run out 4 6 0 0
LF Kline not out 3 5 0 0
Extras (b 2, lb 8, w 1, nb 4) 15
Total (all out; 130.3 overs) 505 (2.90 runs per 6 balls)
Fall of wickets 1-84 (McDonald), 2-138 (Harvey), 3-194 (Simpson), 4-278 (Favell), 5-381 (Mackay), 6-469 (Davidson), 7-484 (Benaud), 8-489 (Grout), 9-496 (Meckiff), 10-505 (O’Neill)
Bowling O M R W Econ
WW Hall 29.3 1 140 4 3.57
FMM Worrell 30 0 93 0 2.32
GS Sobers 32 0 115 2 2.69
AL Valentine 24 6 82 1 2.56
S Ramadhin 15 1 60 1 3.00
West Indies 2nd innings R M 4s 6s
CC Hunte c Simpson b Mackay 39 88 5 0
CW Smith c O’Neill b Davidson 6 22 0 0
RB Kanhai c †Grout b Davidson 54 112 7 0
GS Sobers b Davidson 14 28 2 0
FMM Worrell* c †Grout b Davidson 65 151 8 0
JS Solomon lbw b Simpson 47 222 2 0
PD Lashley b Davidson 0 2 0 0
FCM Alexander† b Benaud 5 67 0 0
S Ramadhin c Harvey b Simpson 6 11 1 0
WW Hall b Davidson 18 45 1 0
AL Valentine not out 7 41 0 0
Extras (b 14, lb 7, w 2) 23
Total (all out; 92.6 overs) 284 (2.29 runs per 6 balls)
Fall of wickets 1-13 (Smith), 2-88 (Hunte), 3-114 (Sobers), 4-127 (Kanhai), 5-210 (Worrell), 6-210 (Lashley), 7-241 (Alexander), 8-250 (Ramadhin), 9-253 (Solomon), 10-284 (Hall)
Bowling O M R W Econ
AK Davidson 24.6 4 87 6 2.63
I Meckiff 4 1 19 0 3.56
KD Mackay 21 7 52 1 1.85
R Benaud 31 6 69 1 1.66
RB Simpson 7 2 18 2 1.92
LF Kline 4 0 14 0 2.62
NC O’Neill 1 0 2 0 1.50
Australia 2nd innings (target: 233 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
CC McDonald b Worrell 16 91 0 0
RB Simpson c sub (LR Gibbs) b Hall 0 14 0 0
RN Harvey c Sobers b Hall 5 10 1 0
NC O’Neill c †Alexander b Hall 26 61 4 0
LE Favell c Solomon b Hall 7 20 1 0
KD Mackay b Ramadhin 28 78 2 0
AK Davidson run out 80 194 8 0
R Benaud* c †Alexander b Hall 52 136 6 0
ATW Grout† run out 2 8 3 0 0 66.66
I Meckiff run out 2 7 3 0 0 66.66
LF Kline not out 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 2, lb 9, nb 3) 14
Total (all out; 68.7 overs) 232 (2.52 runs per 6 balls)
Fall of wickets 1-1 (Simpson), 2-7 (Harvey), 3-49 (O’Neill), 4-49 (McDonald), 5-57 (Favell), 6-92 (Mackay), 7-226 (Davidson), 8-228 (Benaud), 9-232 (Grout), 10-232 (Meckiff)
Bowling O M R W Econ
WW Hall 17.7 3 63 5 2.64
FMM Worrell 16 3 41 1 1.92
GS Sobers 8 0 30 0 2.81
AL Valentine 10 4 27 0 2.02
S Ramadhin 17 3 57 1 2.51
MATCH DETAILS

Balls per over 8
Toss – West Indies, who chose to bat
Series – 5-match series level 0-0
Test debuts – PD Lashley and CW Smith (West Indies)
Umpires – CJ Egar and C Hoy
Close of play
Fri, 9 Dec – day 1 – West Indies 1st innings 359/7 (FCM Alexander 21*, S Ramadhin 9*)
Sat, 10 Dec – day 2 – Australia 1st innings 196/3 (NC O’Neill 28*, LE Favell 1*)
Sun, 11 Dec – rest day
Mon, 12 Dec – day 3 – West Indies 2nd innings 0/0 (CC Hunte 0*, CW Smith 0*)
Tue, 13 Dec – day 4 – West Indies 2nd innings 259/9 (WW Hall 0*, AL Valentine 0*)
Wed, 14 Dec – day 5 – Australia 2nd innings 232 (68.7 ov) – end of match
MATCH NOTES

General
12th Men: JW Martin (Australia) and LR Gibbs (West Indies)
Davidson was the first man to complete the match double of 100 runs and 10 wickets in a Test match.
The partnership of 134 for the seventh wicket, in the second innings, was a record for Australia against the West Indies for that wicket.

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