D.W. Randall

126

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Derek Randall’s third Test match century came in England’s victory over India at Lord’s in 1982, as he struck 126 in the first innings of the match at the Home of Cricket.

Randall had plenty of repair work to do in this innings after Kapil Dev had decimated the England top order, dismissing the first four batsmen and reducing India’s hosts initially to 37 for 3 and then 96 for 4 after some counter-attacking strokes from David Gower and Ian Botham.

Randall entered the fray when Gower fell for 37 and thrived on his role in holding the innings together. He put on 53 with Botham but it was his seventh wicket partnership of 125 with Phil Edmonds that really began to nullify the Indian attack.

He batted for almost six hours in total, hitting eleven fours and a six and helped steer England to 433 all out.

India were bundled out for 128 and despite an improved 369 all out when following on, England needed only 65 in their second innings and won by seven wickets.