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May 1

Windies
  • 1951 - Gordon Greenidge is born in Barbados. Greenidge grew up in England from the age of 12. His Test debut was in India in 1974 and his last Test was on his 40th birthday in 1991 at Antigua.[1] He and Desmond Haynes formed one of the most formidable opening partnerships of all time.
England
  • 1930 - Don Bradman makes 236 in his first first-class innings in England, in a tour match against Worcestershire.
  • 1963 - The world's first limited overs competition starts: the first Gillette Cup match between Lancashire and Leicestershire at Old Trafford. Due to rain, the 65-overs-a-side match goes into a second day.[2]
America
  • 1751 - 1st American cricket match is played

May 2

Australia
West Indies

May 3

Australia
England

May 4

Pakistan

May 5

South Africa

May 6

England

May 7

Sri Lanka

May 8

England
Pakistan

May 9

England
West Indies

May 10

Zimbabwe

May 11

Australia
England

May 12

Australia
England

May 13

Australia

May 14

Australia
  • 1894 - Hunter Poon, first Australian of Chinese background to play first-class cricket, born.
  • 2001 - Gil Langley dies, aged 81.

May 15

England
Australia

May 16

Australia
West Indies

May 17

Australia
West Indies
  • 1955 - Leslie Hylton is hanged in Jamaica after being convicted for the murder of his wife. Hylton is the only Test cricketer to die by capital punishment.

May 18

England

May 19

England

May 20

Australia
England
Wales

May 21

England
  • 1993 - Robin Smith hits 167 not out for England against Australia at Edgbaston, the highest score in a One-day International for England.
India

May 22

Australia

May 23

England
  • 1918 - Denis Compton is born in Hendon, Middlesex. In 1947, he made 18 centuries and 3816 runs, the most ever in an English cricket season. He also took 47 wickets.
  • 1969 - Colin Milburn loses an eye in a car accident, ending his Test career.
West Indies
Zimbabwe

May 24

England
  • 1955 - Charles Palmer took eight wickets without conceding a run, seven of them bowled, for Leicestershire against Surrey.[6]
South Africa
  • 1942 - Ali Bacher, captain of South Africa in the series before the apartheid era ban came into effect and influential administrator in the transition to multiracial cricket in South Africa, is born at Roodepoort.

May 25

Alan Kippax
Australia
England

May 26

England
New Zealand
  • 1947 - New Zealand batsman Glenn Turner was born in Dunedin. He is regarded as one of the country's best and most prolific batsmen.
South Africa

May 27

Australia
England
  • 1887 - Frank Woolley is born at Tonbridge, Kent. Woolley went on to score the second-highest number of runs in first-class cricket, he is one of only two players to score 50,000 runs and take 2000 wickets, and is the only non-wicket-keeper to take 1000 catches.
  • 1938 - Don Bradman completes 1,000 runs, the earliest in any English first-class season that this milestone has been achieved.
India
Sri Lanka

May 28

England
West Indies
  • 1956 - West Indian wicket-keeper batsman Jeff Dujon was born in Kingston. He has 272 Test dismissals and 3322 Test runs to his name.

May 29

Australia
  • 1839 - Australians Nat Thomson and Ned Gregory were born. Both would play in the first ever Test match. Thomson was the first man to be dismissed in a Test and Gregory made the first duck.
England
  • 1902 - Edgbaston hosted its first Test match, the 12th Test venue worldwide and the only one (out of 94 to the start of the 2007 season) to host its first Test in the month of May.
West Indies

May 30

England
  • 1887 - Playing for Hampshire, Sir Francis Lacey made 323*, the highest score in a Minor Counties match.
  • 1949 - England's Bob Willis was born. He went on play ninety Tests for England, taking 325 wickets in the process. He also captained his country in eighteen Tests.
West Indies
  • 1909 - George Headley was born in Panama. In his twenty-two Test matches for West Indies, he averaged over sixty.

May 31

England
  • 1815 - The first first-class game at the current Lord's ground was played.
  • 1928 - Charlie Hallows, needing an innings of 232 to complete 1,000 runs in the month of May, makes exactly that score for Lancashire in the match against Sussex at Manchester, and then is out next ball. Only two other players – W. G. Grace in 1895 and Wally Hammond in 1927 – have achieved 1,000 in the calendar month.
India
  • 1928 - Indian Pankaj Roy was born in Kolkata. He added 413 with Ashok Mankad to make the largest opening partnership in history.
Sri Lanka
South Africa