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Has there ever been a match when a player was given out by the umpire, but upon disagreement by the victim, the opposing team's captain declined the wicket and let the batsman play regardless of the umpire's initial decision?
It is said that W G Grace did this frequently!
There were two such instances involving England batsmen in the Golden Jubilee Test against India at Bombay in February 1980. Umpire Hanumantha Rao upheld an appeal against Bob Taylor for a catch by his fellow keeper, Syed Kirmani. The batsman protested and Gundappa Viswanath, the Indian captain, confirmed that Taylor hadn't edged the ball and persuaded the umpire to revoke his decision. In the second innings, Geoffrey Boycott simply ignored the umpire when he gave him out to a similar appeal, remarked his guard and continued with his innings!
Ian Threlfall, UK
I believe that the most runs scored off a single ball in first-class cricket is 10 by Samuel Hill-Wood off Cuthbert Burnup on the 26 May 1900 at Lord's in a match between Derbyshire and the MCC. Am I right to presume that there is no account of the hideous fielding cataclysm that led to this?
This hit for 10 was recorded under the 'net' system of scoring that was in trial use at Lord's during the early weeks of the 1900 season. The MCC enclosed the playing area with a net about 2ft 6ins high. There were no boundary fours or sixes. Batsmen had to run out their hits but three runs were scored if the ball went over the net and two were added to any already run if the ball was stopped by the net. The hit for 10 (or 11 according to Sir Pelham Warner in 'Lord's 1787-1945') included an overthrow and was scored from a late cut.
Mohamed Ghouse, Sri Lanka
Who holds the highest individual score for Oxford and Cambridge in their annual encounter?
The senior Nawab of Pataudi (aka Iftikhar Ali Khan) holds that record with 238 not out for Oxford in 1931. James Dalrymple, now on the staff of Middlesex, was probably unaware of this record when he declared at 522 for 7 when his own score had reached 236 in the 2003 match! The highest score for Cambridge in the University Match is 211 by Gamini Goonesena in 1957.
Pete Gibson, UK
I've been debating the possibility of being able to run both batsmen out at the same time, e.g. batsman one hits the ball and runs to the bowler's end and is run out. The fielder then throws the stumps down at the other end where batsman two hasn't made his ground. Are they both out? Please help to resolve this argument.
Thomas McKie, England
Is it possible for both batsman to be given out with one delivery and if so, has this ever happened?
Two similar questions requiring the same answer. No, it is not possible because the ball becomes dead as soon as the first batsman is out. See Law 23 (Dead Ball) a (iii).
Rhidian Jones, Scotland
Who has scored the most Test runs without making a hundred?
That dubious record, for more than two decades the property of Chetan Chauhan, the Indian opener who scored 2084 runs in 68 innings during 40 Tests played between September 1969 and March 1981, has passed to Australia's Shane Warne (2364 runs from 161 innings in 115 Tests, highest score 99). A third player to have scored 2000 Test runs without a century is Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka with 2028 runs and a top score of 74 not out from 118 innings in 82 Tests.
Who in the cricketing world has most carrying the bat accolades?
In Test matches Desmond Haynes holds the record with three instances for West Indies. The bat carrying record in all first-class innings is shared by the renowned Dr W G Grace and the Leicestershire opener C J B (Cecil) Wood, each of whom achieved the feat 17 times. Wood was the first to carry his bat through both innings of a first-class match and score a century in each one.
John Smith, UK
What are the best debut performances with bat and ball in Tests and ODIs?
The record score and the best innings bowling analysis by debutants were both set in Ashes Tests more than a century ago. R E ('Tip') Foster scored 287 at Sydney in December 1903, including 214 runs on the third day - still an England record against Australia. Albert Trott took 8-43 in the second innings of his first Test for Australia at Adelaide in January 1895.
The best match figures by a debutant are 16-136 (8-61 and 8-75) by Narendra Hirwani for India against West Indies at Madras in January 1988.
The best performances in one-day internationals were both achieved for West Indies: 148 by Desmond Haynes v Australia at St John's in February 1978 and 6-22 by Fidel Edwards v Zimbabwe at Harare in November 2003.
D Senaratne, UK
Who was the first person ever to hit six sixes in one over and who has done it since?
Sean Blundell, England
Has any other player in first-class cricket in any country hit six sixes in one over like Sir Garfield Sobers?
Another brace of questions with a shared answer.
There have been two instances and the four cricketers involved were all left-handed.
Sobers became the first when, captaining Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan at St Helen's, Swansea, he hit six sixes off an over from Malcolm Nash on 3 August 1968. Normally a medium-fast swing bowler, Nash was experimenting with a slower style of delivery. The first four balls produced vast sixes, the fifth was caught on the boundary by Roger Davis but, as his shoulders crossed the line after completing the catch, Sobers was reprieved by an experimental clause to Law 35. The last ball sailed into the garden of The Cricketers pub and was recovered a day later.
Ravi Shastri, the Indian Test all-rounder, emulated this feat off the spin bowling of Tilak Raj during his record-breaking 113-minute double century for Bombay against Baroda at Bombay on 10 January 1985. I unkindly reminded Tilak of his part in this record after he had dropped a catch off the very first ball I bowled in a match in India!
Mike Selig, France
I'm an occasional scorer and I find the phrase "he didn't trouble the scorers" when someone gets a duck quite contradictory. Usually, when somebody gets a duck, I haven't even finished filling in the details for the previous wicket, as I generally only have time to fill in the score and time of wicket, and add the rest (partnership details, score of not out batsman, etc) later. Thus, when someone gets a duck, I have to quickly fill in for two wickets. Do you have this trouble?
I most certainly do, Mike, and it infuriates me when I hear commentators reveal their ignorance by using this trite phrase. Whenever it has occurred in the TMS box I have usually reprimanded the culprit. As you rightly point out, the fall of a wicket produces a major pressure point in any scoring system except perhaps the original ones involving notching a stick or putting leaves into an old hat.
Amit Doshi, India
I was wondering what was the lowest score at which a Test match innings had been declared?
The answer to that one is 32, Amit, by Australia against England at The Gabba, Brisbane, on 4 December 1950. England had done exceptionally well to dismiss Australia on a good batting surface for 228. Rain, which prevented play on the second day, turned the pitch into an unplayable 'sticky' and 20 wickets fell for 102 runs after lunch on the third day.
England declared at 68-7 and Australia countered by closing their second innings at 32-7. Reduced to 30-6 at stumps, England, thanks to a remarkable and undefeated 62 by Len Hutton, made 122 but still lost by 70 runs.
Steve Pittard, Somerset
Regarding the query in No 78 about a chap being run out going for a fifth run, an early instance of this occurred in a first-class match between Kent and Nottinghamshire in 1845, the batsman being William Clarke.
Another instance occurred in the Ashes Test at The Oval in 1896 when opening batsman Frank Iredale attempted a fifth run for a hit from his partner, Joe Darling. This dismissal was a decisive turning point as Australia, after losing this first wicket at 75, slumped to 119 all out.
In an Australia-England ODI at Melbourne in 1979, non-striker David Bairstow was run out attempting a sixth run. Having run five for Mike Brearley's hit to mid-wicket on the large ground, they unwisely risked another for an overthrow.
Well done, Steve. Your flow of emails to TMS caused much interest, especially when you unmasked Jeremy Coney's foolish boast that he had never been dismissed for a golden duck. He eventually confessed to the three primaries you ferreted from your archives.
Jerry Lodge, London
Jon Batty scored a century (129) and held 10 catches in the match for Surrey v Kent at The Oval last season. How many other wicket-keepers have achieved this feat and is he the first to do so in England?
Batty is the fourth keeper to achieve this all-round feat and, yes, he is the first to do so in England. He emulated three Test cricketers: Rodney Marsh (104 and 10 ct for Western Australia v South Australia at Perth in 1976-77), Nayan Mongia (100* and 10 ct for Rest of India v Punjab at Ludhiana in 1993-94), and Adam Gilchrist (109 and 10 ct for Western Australia v Victoria at Perth in 1997-98).