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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 146
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Bill Frindall, aka the Bearded Wonder, answers your latest batch of queries.

Remember, the Test Match Special statistician is always on hand to help you out with your questions. And if you think you can catch him out, have a go!

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Ryan Judson, England

Has any bowler ever taken 100 wickets in Test matches without a five-wicket haul, and if not, what is the most wickets taken without such a haul?

No bowler has ended his career with 100 or more Test wickets without a single five-wicket analysis.

The closest is Pakistan's Abdul Razzak, whose record currently (15 May 2007) stands at exactly 100 wickets with just one five-wicket bag: 5-35 v Sri Lanka at Karachi in 2004-05. He has taken four wickets in an innings four times.

The most wickets without a best of five is 87 by Mike Hendrick.

The best of his five four-wicket analyses in 30 Tests for England was 4-28.

David Wood, England

I believe I was at Headingley to view the great Curtly Ambrose take his 400th Test match wicket.

Is this correct? If so, what where his figures for the match and who was that victim?

If you were at Headingley at 4.08pm on 17 August 2000 you would indeed have seen Ambrose claim his 400th Test wicket when Michael Atherton deflected a length ball low to Brian Lara at first slip.

His first innings analysis was 18-3-42-4. Those were his match figures too because West Indies lost by an innings and 39 runs in two days.

Jed, England

Is Essex the only county to have partnership records of over 200 for all ten wickets?

Indeed they are. Only three of the remaining 15 counties - Glamorgan, Hampshire and Warwickshire - can boast as many as nine double-century record stands.

Tina Hurley, England

The new ball is normally taken as soon as the umpires make it available to the fielding captain.

Can you tell me what is the most amount of overs in Test cricket bowled with the same ball?

The highest recorded number of overs for which the original ball has been retained in Test cricket is 177.

Bereft of the services of two of his key bowlers (Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding) and hampered by one of Wellington's notorious northerly winds in February 1987, West Indies captain Viv Richards countered with this tactic throughout New Zealand's second innings as they amassed 386 for five.

Brian Nicholson, England

Did Arthur Fagg ever play for England and was he the first batsman to score a double century in both innings of a first-class game?

Arthur Fagg gained five Test caps - two against India in 1936, another two in Australia in 1936-37 and a final one against the 1939 West Indians.

His 244 (300 minutes) and 202* (170 minutes) for Kent v Essex at Colchester in 1938 remains the ONLY instance of a batsman scoring double-centuries in both innings of a first-class match

Colin Troth, England

What was the outcome of the New Zealand v England Test match in Wellington when Ian Botham ran out Geoffrey Boycott?

This incident occurred at Lancaster Park in Christchurch on 28 February 1978 when England, 183 runs ahead on first innings, should have been looking for swift runs prior to a declaration.

Their captain, Boycott, had scored 26 in two hours when Botham called him for a suicidal run to cover-point.

Michael Melford, reporting for the Daily Telegraph, wrote: 'Boycott, having advanced a few yards, sent him back but Botham, in full cry, was not to be halted and he charged past his captain before the wicket behind him was broken'.

England declared at 96 for 4, bowled New Zealand out for 105 and won by 174 runs.

Dean Wilson, USA

Don Bradman excluded, who has the best Test batting average having had at least 100 innings?

Ricky Ponting is your man. In international Tests (ie. excluding that exhibition game against a woeful ICC World XI), he averages 59.41 from 181 innings.

The only other batsmen to average over 58 from a minimum of 100 innings are England's Ken Barrington (58.67 from 131) and Wally Hammond (58.45 from 140).

Iain, UK

I think it was David Shepherd who, when umpiring, used to get up to all sorts of tricks when Nelson was on the scoreboard - standing on one leg, etc.

Statistically, does a wicket seem to be significantly more likely to fall in Test or first-class cricket if the score is a multiple of 111?

No, Iain, research has shown that 111 and its multiples, despite Shep's jumps and hops, features very low in the hex stakes.

It will not come as an immense surprise if I reveal that the most vulnerable individual score is zero!

Tom O'Brien, Scotland

My friend's Dad, Nigel Hazel, was the professional at Strathmore Cricket Club in Forfar. He is also in the Bermuda Sporting Hall of Fame.

Can you tell me if he ever played for the West Indies, Bermuda or both?

No, I'm sorry to disappoint you, Tom, but he didn't. There is a remote chance that Nigel may have been related to Kenneth Clayton Hazel, born in 1971 at Santa Cruz in Trinidad, who played three first-class and 32 limited-overs matches for Trinidad and Tobago.

Joanne Weddy, Uganda

Is Steve Waugh part of the Waugh twins family?

Good to have a question from Uganda. Yes, Joanne. Steve is Mark's elder twin.

Oliver Cohen, Harrow 1st XI scorer

Can I enquire if you know of a record unbeaten run at school level? Harrow's team is coming up to 50 matches without a loss (two and a half seasons).

It is a remarkable performance but, unfortunately, I have never kept records of inter-schools cricket, nor have any of my fellow statisticians.

Perhaps someone out there knows the answer - or has time to trawl through all the schools sections of Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack!

Rob Terrace, England

In Stump Bearders No 142, you gave the names of all of the cricketers to have made appearances for two countries in limited-overs internationals.

I believe that Graham Hick should have been included as I'm led to believe that he played for Zimbabwe in the 1984 World Cup as a youngster.

If this is correct, would he then join the ranks of cricketers to have represented two nations in World Cups (having represented England in 1992 and 1996)?

The closest Graeme Hick came to a limited-overs international cap for Zimbabwe was in 1983 when he toured England with their World Cup squad.

Although he appeared in four warm-up games, he was not selected for the tournament proper.

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Bill Frindall Q&A
25 May 06 |  Cricket


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