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What was remarkable about MCC's tour game against Maharashta at Poona in 1951? Cricinfo scorecard Sam Korn (smoddy) 22:30, 10 February 2006 (UTC)

Maharastra used 10 different bowlers. (Is that remarkable enough? It's the only thing which strikes me about the card.) --Deville (Talk) 22:41, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
No, that's not it. Sam Korn (smoddy) 22:43, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
Ok, I'm grasping at straws here, but MCC batsmen got out every "common" way - c, b, lbw, st, run out? --Deville (Talk) 22:50, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
No, I'm afraid it's rather more esoteric than that. Sam Korn (smoddy) 22:53, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
Maharastra captain Rege was called for throwing twice in his one over. Was he the first to be called for a long time, perhaps the first in the 20th century since Mold etc in 1900? Johnlp 23:06, 10 February 2006 (UTC) Later add: I see not the first in 20th century, but the first in a first-class game in India. Johnlp 23:09, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
Afraid not. It's not a statistical record. I've made a brief internet search, and can't find any references (it's in a book I have). If no-ones answered me by tomorrow morning, I'll ask another. Sam Korn (smoddy) 23:20, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
Ok, if this isn't it, I'm going to have to give up. But the story goes that during this match the umpire noticed a monkey fielding at point, so to speak. He was later named the "Poona monkey". [1] —Preceding unsigned comment added by Deville (talkcontribs)
Indeed, this is it. There is somewhat more to the story than the letter-writer gives, but it's basically correct. Sam Korn (smoddy) 00:34, 12 February 2006 (UTC)
Okay, fill us in when you get the chance. Sorry for the long time for response here, I got caught up travelling in a bit of snow.  ;-) --Deville (Talk) 02:32, 15 February 2006 (UTC)


Ok, this may exist on a web page somewhere, but it's not on Cricinfo or Cricket Archive, at least as far as I can tell. And this question came up amongst friends and we couldn't figure it out for sure:

Who has the most career first-class runs? (At the very least, someone will point me to the page I've looked for several times ;-))--Deville (Talk) 02:32, 15 February 2006 (UTC)

It's Jack Hobbs, but it seems you are right, a list isn't immediately findable like you;d think --Paul 03:15, 15 February 2006 (UTC)
This is not the definitive table, but may be as close as you'd get. -- Iantalk 03:18, 15 February 2006 (UTC)
Frank Woolley doesn't make that list, and he's 2nd most. Maybe the arguments over the first-class status of some matches precludes a definitive list. --Paul 03:28, 15 February 2006 (UTC)
So that's Paul with the answer then. At least that answers the question definitively for me. --Deville (Talk) 11:38, 15 February 2006 (UTC)


AR Border, JR Reid, and GR Viswanath hold the top three places in which obscure (but hopefully not impenetrable) Test statistic? --Paul 12:12, 15 February 2006 (UTC)

These three are at the top of the most times bowled in Tests table. Border - 53, Reid - 44, Viswanath - 41. [2] -- Iantalk 13:48, 15 February 2006 (UTC)
Indeed they are. You're up --Paul 15:18, 15 February 2006 (UTC)


As far as I know there is only one Test player who has made hundreds in both innings of two Tests in a series (ie. 4 separate hundreds. I hope that makes sense). Who is he? -- Iantalk 02:25, 16 February 2006 (UTC)

Clyde Walcott Tintin (talk) 03:02, 16 February 2006 (UTC)
Yes, and it's your go. -- Iantalk 03:37, 16 February 2006 (UTC)


The record for most Test runs scored in a 365 day period (not a calendar year) is 1984. Who and when ? (It is not Viv Richards, btw). Tintin (talk) 23:48, 17 February 2006 (UTC)

Would it be Sunny Gavaskar starting from 16 October 1978? --Paul 05:25, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
Oops! We had an editing collision, you beat me by seconds! --Deville (Talk) 05:29, 18 February 2006 (UTC) -- Okay, not quite seconds, but just a small bit of time --Deville (Talk) 05:30, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
More details: Starting here and ending here, his scores were 89, 8*, 5, 97, 111, 137, 205, 73, 0, 107, 182*, 4, 1, 120, 40, 61, 68, 42, 59, 78, 13, 221, 50, 10, 76, 12, 115 which, believe it or not, sums to 1984. --Deville (Talk) 05:35, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
Very good. It is Gavaskar. The second would be Lara with 1982 between April 2003 and April 2004 (am too lazy to lookup the exact dates, the sequence ends with the 400*) Paul got there first ! Tintin (talk) 05:36, 18 February 2006 (UTC)


This one shoudn't be so computationally intensive. What do these four have in common: GS Chappell, RW Marsh, DK Lillee, and CM Old? --Paul 06:01, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

Played in both centenary Tests ? Tintin (talk) 06:03, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
Yes --Paul 06:15, 18 February 2006 (UTC)


What batting feat is shared by Eric Freeman, Carlisle Best and Keith Dabengwa ? Tintin (talk) 06:19, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

First scoring shot was a 6er? --Deville (Talk) 06:27, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
Yes. Your turn. Things are moving really fast, aren't they ? :-)M Tintin (talk) 06:29, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
They really are! --Deville (Talk) 06:40, 18 February 2006 (UTC)


This "laid-back" batsman once scored a double hundred off of 279 balls. Who is he? --Deville (Talk) 06:38, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

Gower. Tintin (talk) 06:43, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
Oof, I thought that one would be harder. Ok, I think I need to hit the sack now, it is late by me.  ;-) --Deville (Talk) 06:45, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
Same here. It is 1.45 am. I'll ask the next one tomorrow. Tintin (talk) 06:46, 18 February 2006 (UTC)


Something along the same lines as the last one. In December 2003, RT Ponting scored 54 & 50, 242 & 0 and 257 & 31* against India. His tally of 634 runs in a calendar month fell six short of whose record ? Tintin (talk) 18:07, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

Was it Gooch in July 1990? --Paul 18:44, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
Yes. 154 & 30 v NZ, 333 & 123 v India. Tintin (talk) 18:59, 18 February 2006 (UTC)


Here's another "What do they have in common" lark, the participants are: CAG Russell, M Leyland, C Milburn & Saeed Anwar. Now I'm off to bed. --Paul 19:13, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

  • 100 in their last Test. Tintin (talk) 19:16, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
    • Close, but not quite --Paul 02:20, 19 February 2006 (UTC)
      • innings. Tintin (talk) 03:40, 19 February 2006 (UTC)
        • I shall say: half right, still need a little more --Paul 06:35, 19 February 2006 (UTC)
          • Things seem to have slowed down a bit, no? --Deville (Talk) 14:34, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
All Wisden Cricketers of the Year (1923, 1929, 1967, 1997) who scored a duck on Test debut - almost a duck and a century for Milburn, and a pair for Saeed Anwar - (0 & 5, 0, 0 & 94, 0 & 0) but a century in their last Tests - two for Russell - (140 & 111, 187, 139, 101). -- ALoan (Talk) 14:49, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
Started with a duck, ended with a ton was all I was after. --Paul 15:12, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
So I get to ask the next question? -- ALoan (Talk) 16:14, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
Yes you do. And welcome to the quiz! Stephen Turner (Talk) 16:20, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
Better late than never, eh? -- ALoan (Talk) 16:54, 23 February 2006 (UTC)


I've not been through all the archives, so have no idea whether a similar question has been asked before but here we go:

Which cricketer played first-class cricket both before World War 1 and after World War 2? -- ALoan (Talk) 16:54, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

  • What they call 'old chestnut' in quizzing slang :-) William Ashdown of Kent. Tintin (talk) 17:09, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
    • Oh, just a loosener ;) At least it lasted a whole 15 mins. Yes, of course, it was Bill Ashdown,[3] who surely deserves an article. -- ALoan (Talk) 18:37, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
    • Should I invoke rule 3? -- ALoan (Talk) 19:08, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
      • You could if you want, but alternatively you could put a note on his talk page first and wait until tomorrow. Stephen Turner (Talk) 20:47, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
      • Yeah, you should invoke rule 3, Tintin is travelling from US to India and it'd be 2 weeks by the time he manages to get an internet connection (according to his post on my talkpage). So, go ahead. --Gurubrahma 07:23, 1 March 2006 (UTC)


What is the highest number of wickets to be taken "bowled" in a Test match innings, when, and what were the other dismissals. -- ALoan (Talk) 11:36, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

I make it 9, SA V Eng, 1889, the other being a run out --Paul 13:53, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
Cricinfo also has this, but in my Wisden Test cricket books, Ferris was lbw in the 2nd innings, not bowled. CricketArchive also has bowled, so it's 2-1 for it being an another example. --Paul 14:00, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

I was thinking of the first example, the second innings of the 32nd Test and South Africa's second Test, England v South Africa, Cape Town, 1889, which was remarkable in many ways.

England scored 292, skippered by its (still) youngest-ever Test captain, Monty Bowden aged only 23 years 144 days (the second of his only two Tests; he died in a mud hut in Mashonaland just under 3 years later). South Africa were out for 47 in the first innings (in which Bernard Tancred was the first batsman to carry his bat) and 43 in the second innings, following on, so England won by an innings and 202 runs. Johnny Briggs took 7 for 17 in the first innings (six bowled and one LBW) and 8 for 11 in the second (all bowled). His 8 for the innings and 15 for the match were both then Test records. The other wickets in the second innings were one bowled (Arnold Fothergill) and one run out.

Briggs was one of the inaugural Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1889 (properly, one of the "Six Great Bowlers of the Year"). He played in 535 first class matches over 21 years, and played in 33 Tests, taking 118 Test wickets at 17.75. He had a "seizure" attributed to "epilepsy" during the Leeds Test match against Australia in 1899, was put in an asylum in 1901 as a result of his worsening condition, and died in 1902 aged 39.[4]

I'm not aware of another example of 9 bowled in Tests (there are lots with 10 catches) - it would be interesting to know if the other example is correct. I wonder what the answer is for LBWs. -- ALoan (Talk) 15:00, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

Couple of sevens 1, 2 --Paul 15:59, 1 March 2006 (UTC)


Who recorded the worst (innings) bowling figures on Test debut? --Paul 15:59, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

John Warr got 0 for 142, but I suspect that wasn't the worst. Johnlp 16:36, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
This was indeed who I had in mind. *throws ball to Johnlp*, have a trundle. --Paul 18:19, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, Nilesh Kulkarni's 1 for 195 in the mammoth India/Sri Lanka game in 1997 must be high up the list in terms of runs conceded, but unfortuantely he is the only Indian to have taken a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket.[5]. Khan Mohammad's none for 259 in the 1958 Pakistan/West Indies game is the fourth most runs conceded and the worst bowling return of all time, but not on debut.[6] [7]
I was going to mention Tawanda Mupariwa's none for 136 against Sri Lanka in 2004 [8], but Warr is worse than that. -- ALoan (Talk) 16:39, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
A quick look through this list suggests Johnlp is correct and Warr is worst. Stephen Turner (Talk) 17:05, 1 March 2006 (UTC)


Which Test player went on the buses in Surrey? Johnlp 18:32, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

Clue? Also a Test umpire and the first cricket "Blue" to play as a professional. Johnlp 09:00, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

One of the sadder cricket careers, I reckon. Apparently never told his fellow bus drivers at Guildford depot anything about his former life. Well done and over to you, Ian. Johnlp 15:51, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

Well, his article was very sad, but is now slightly less so. Why was his career sad? -- ALoan (Talk) 16:18, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
Because he always seemed to be just on the verge of something really great, but didn't quite do it. The Second World War intervened when he had just made it into the England Test team; he gave up cricket immediately after the first postwar overseas tour; when he re-emerged as a professional he was in his late 30s and kept wicket, which he wasn't great at; as an umpire, he seemed to take a lot of flak for calling Geoff Griffin of the 1960 South African team for throwing (unlike Syd Buller, who did the same); and then he walked away from cricket to become a bus-driver and never talked about who he'd been. 18:53, 2 March 2006 (UTC) Sorry, that was me. Johnlp 18:54, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, a lot of cricketers suffered from the Second World War, although his two centuries opening the batting in the 1937/8 tour show some promise. But he seems to have played in 1946 as a wicket-keeper rather than as a batsman, and Godfrey Evans was hard to compete with! Do we know why he did not play from 1946 to 1951? Perhaps he could not afford to continue as an amateur? He seems to have done OK as a professional - four seasons out of six with over 1,000 runs. And what did he do from 1966 to 1977 - at the moment, our article just says "...later becoming a bus driver in Guildford, where he died."!
I have been mining these questions and answers, by the way, as a way of adding to some of the stubs on the interesting people mentioned.-- ALoan (Talk) 19:12, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
Fine, but don't forget that this is a talk page, not a specifically encyclopaedic page, so there may be anecdote and less-than-verifiable material on here that would not stand up to the harshest scrutiny.
On Gibb, there was another hiatus: after his highly successful tour of South Africa in 1938-39 (not 1937-38, by the way, which is what the article says at present, and the first Tests he was picked for were in 1938, not 1937), he didn't play any first-class cricket at all in 1939 as far as I can see (I checked the 1940 Wisden). After he left Cambridge in 1938, his only full season of first-class cricket before turning professional in 1951 was 1946. I suspect, but don't know, that he didn't have the wherewithal to play long-term as an amateur. The rest of what I wrote above is largely memory: I can remember him as a somewhat fussy bespectacled umpire, and also remember the reported surprise of his bus-driving colleagues when they learned his background at the time of his death. I have the impression he was a rather solitary man. But memory may be selective and fickle... As an aside, how many bespectacled wicketkeepers have there been in Test cricket? Johnlp 08:22, 3 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks - I do verify from cricinfo, etc, you know! Anecdote is interesting, though - perhaps with an unattributed "it is said that..." :)
Thanks also for the pointers on Gibb - the errors were from my misunderstanding of his cricinfo bio, but the Innings by innings list and scorecards make it clear. I hadn't realised that his second century was in the 10-day timeless Test. -- ALoan (Talk) 11:47, 3 March 2006 (UTC)


Which Test bowler has taken the most batsmen for ducks? -- Iantalk 06:03, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

I have it as McGrath with 101, but of anyone with 100 wickets, Shoaib has the best %, 44 of 165.—Preceding unsigned comment added by *Paul* (talkcontribs) 06:16, 3 March 2006
ooh-ah, your correct. -- Iantalk 07:16, 3 March 2006 (UTC)


Which bowler has captured the most Pakstani wickets? --Paul 13:04, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

?Kapil Dev. 99. Johnlp 13:19, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

btw, is it test wickets, ODI wickets or cumulative?? It wd also be great to know how the ppl who answer them do so - it wd help our search skills on google and cricinfo etc. ;) --Gurubrahma 13:53, 3 March 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, it was Test wickets, my bad. John has the answer, so he's up --Paul 14:31, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

And I am duly indebted to which has lots of useful stats like this ;-) Johnlp 14:57, 3 March 2006 (UTC)


So we'll take it away from stats for this one at least. Which Test-playing Peter was really a Patrick? Johnlp 14:57, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

Peter Lashley --Paul 16:14, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

aka Patrick Lashley. Well done. Tis yours. Johnlp 16:30, 3 March 2006 (UTC) 16:27, 3 March 2006 (UTC)


Ok, back to the stats, heh. Who has played the most Test innings without ever being stumped? --Paul 16:35, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

Nasser Hussain - 171 innings, 155 dismissals, never stumped (16 innings and 21 dismissals ahead of Shivnarine Chanderpaul). And the most? Clyde Walcott, stumped 8 times out of 67 dismissals in 74 innings. And Kapil Dev (again) was never run out in 169 dismissals in 184 innings.[9] -- ALoan (Talk) 18:45, 3 March 2006 (UTC)
Alrighty then, over to you --Paul 05:26, 4 March 2006 (UTC)


If I may invoke Rule 3 to get things going again, who took the longest (in terms of innings played) before notching their first Test century? --Paul 10:47, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Heath Streak. Johnlp 11:56, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Mr Streak it was indeed, 91st innings --Paul 13:44, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
Oh, sorry. My bad. -- ALoan (Talk) 14:55, 7 March 2006 (UTC)


Which Test player scored the most runs in first-class cricket without ever hitting a century? Johnlp 15:18, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

G.A.R. Lock with 10342 runs without ever scoring a century. --Wisden17 20:33, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Well done and welcome. Your turn to set a question now. Johnlp 20:38, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Gosh - Tony Lock is the only player to have scored 10,000 or more first-class runs in his career without even a score in the 90s (his best was 89, scored in his last Test, against West Indies in Guyana in 1968 [10]). Bob Taylor also reached 10,000 runs without a century, but subsequently scored exactly 100 in a county match. -- ALoan (Talk) 13:53, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

I think Taylor was actually ahead of Lock at the time he made his century: somewhere around the 11,000-run mark. But of course he'd got into the nineties a couple of times, including in a Test match. Johnlp 16:28, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

See also Q4 of this quiz for a related snippet . -- Iantalk 06:20, 9 March 2006 (UTC)