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Cricket and the Ashes
Ashes History

1977 Ashes
England's Derek Randall scores a superb 174 in the Centenary Test, earning a standing ovation from the Melbourne crowd and praise from co-commentator and former Australia captain, Lindsay Hassett.
Randall's century wasn't enough to prevent an Australia victory though. England were dismissed for 417 in their second innings, losing by 45 runs.

At 5.49pm on the opening day of the Fourth Test, Geoffrey Boycott scores his 100th first-class century in front of his home crowd at Headingley.
No other player had scored their 100th century (a rare feat in itself) in a Test match, and the setting could not have been more perfect. Boycott had only recently returned to Test cricket following a self-imposed three year absence, but in Yorkshire he was more popular than ever.

Derek Randall is run out in front of his home crowd at Trent Bridge after a mix-up with Geoff Boycott, and returns to the pavilion 'almost with tears in his eyes'.
Boycott - who was playing his first Test for three years - made amends with a first innings century. And by the time Randall hit the winning runs in the second innings, with Boycott 80 not out at the other end, this unfortunate run out was well and truly forgotten.