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Cricket World Cup: The best bowling figures

Cricket World Cup best bowling figuresThe best bowling figures in a Cricket World Cup match belong to Australia’s Glenn McGrath who took 7/15 against Namibia in 2003.

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Four players have achieved the feat of taking seven wickets in a Cricket World Cup with those displays spread from 1983 until 2015.

The fifth best figures in a Cricket World Cup are something of an anomaly in that they are the only figures in the top five to fall short of seven wickets and the only set to come from the inaugural World Cup where bowlers could bowl up to 12 overs.

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Here we look at the five best World Cup bowling efforts.

5 Gary Gilmour: 6/14 Australia vs England Headingley 18/06/1975

Incredibly Gilmour conceded just 14 runs in his allotted 12 overs as England were knocked over for a humiliating 93 all out against bitter rivals Australia.

Gilmour also took 5/48 in the 1975 World Cup final loss to the West Indies.

4 Winston Davis: 7/51 West Indies vs Australia Headingley 11/06/1983

The fourth best figures were also achieved at Headingley in Leeds, one of the venues for the 2019 World Cup, with West Indian Winston Davis tearing through Australia.

Davis’ 7/51 stood as the World ODI record and World Cup record for some time. Davis was making his World Cup debut in the victory over Australia. The West Indies went on to lose the final to India.

3 Tim Southee: 7/33 New Zealand vs England Wellington 20/02/2015

The fourth – and most recent – man to take seven wickets in an innings at a Cricket World Cup game was The Black Cap’s Tim Southee.

England were the unfortunate victims in Wellington, as he rattled their batting line-up to help dismiss them for just 123, finishing with 7/33. New Zealand won by eight wickets.

Southee castled openers Ian Bell and Moeen Ali, before claiming the wickets of James Taylor, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, who scored a total of eight runs between them.

2 Andy Bichel: 7/20 Australia vs England St George’s Park 02/03/2003

During Australia’s final group game that Bichel took all but one of the wickets to fall as England finished on 204/8. Australia went on to win the game by two wickets.

He tore through the England line-up, picking up the wickets of Nick Knight, Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain, Alec Stewart, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff and Ashley Giles.

This would have been a Cricket World Cup record were it not for Glenn McGrath’s effort four days earlier

1 Glenn McGrath: 7/15 Australia vs Namibia Potchefstroom 27/02/2003

Glenn McGrath’s Cricket World Cup record figures came in the penultimate group game of Australia’s 2003 trophy winning campaign, against Namibia.

Australia ran through Namibia’s batting line-up, shooting them out for just 45 runs for a 256-run win after they had posted 301/6 in their fifty overs.

McGrath set the ball rolling in the first over dismissing Namibia opener Jan-Berrie Burger.

Six more wickets followed in his seven overs, as he finished with 7/15, including four maidens.

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