An excellent blow by blow account of it can be found in Jonathan Agnew's book 'Thanks, Johnners' which has recently been issued in paperback. This is an extended tribute to Johnners which is essential reading for all cricketers of a certain age.
The collapse took place on the second day of the final test of the series which England went into 2-1 down. Botham was recalled as one of a number of changes following 2 heavy defeats by the W Indies side led by Viv Richards. This was Richards' final test and he needed to score 20 in his final innings to ensure a batting average of 50. Carl Hooper had been the dominant W Indies batsman during the series and the side still had a dusting of greatness. Alongside the MasterBlaster, Malcolm Marshall also said goodbye to the Test arena in this game - 376 wickets at 20.94 is as good as it gets.
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known as Syd
Meanwhile the other Syd Lawrence had no connection with this match but was a leading figure in British big band music. Although he died in 1998 at the age of 74 his band, now led by Chris Dean, remains popular and is consistently voted the best big band in Britain.
England won the match by 5 wickets to square the series. This was Botham's first victory against the W Indies in 20 Tests. He hit the winning runs off the only ball he faced in the second innings.
Adn Aggers' broadcasting career took off on that day - he never looked back.