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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 135
Bill Frindall is waiting for your questions
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 cricketing questions.

Next week, he will be in Australia, scoring the Ashes series for TMS - but will be taking time out to deal with your queries. Fill in the form on the right-hand side of the page to stump the Bearded Wonder.

David Lewis, Yorkshire

I always thought that the original Ashes mock obituary notice appeared in the Times. Yet a recent birthday card featuring the notice claimed it was published in the Telegraph. The authority for this was the British Library! Could you clarify or comment please?

That notice appeared in The Sporting Times and read: 'In Affectionate Remembrance of English Cricket, which died at The Oval on 29th August, 1882. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. RIP. N.B. - The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.'

Lionel Rajapakse, Sri Lanka

Can you please help to settle the following controversial point? My close friend (now living in Australia) who is an ardent cricket fan says that C Sarwate (India) achieved an unique hat-trick (where the same batsman was involved twice) in the second match India v Glamorgan in 1946.

He says that Sarwate took the last two wickets (including Judge) with the last two balls of Glamorgan's first innings and took the wicket of Judge (who opened) with the first ball of second innings when Glamorgan followed on.

Another person says that it was three wickets in four balls and not a hat-trick. Can you please clarify as to who is correct?

It happened at Cardiff Arms Park in June 1946 when Glamorgan followed on against the Indians. Last man Peter Judge was bowled for a duck by Chandra Sarwate to end the county's first innings. Invited to follow-on, Glamorgan's extrovert captain, Wilf Wooller, decided to waive the 10-minute interval between innings, instructed the last pair to remain in the middle and open the innings, and reversed the entire batting order. Sarwate then bowled Judge again, first ball, incidentally with the same ball, to ensure that he achieved the fastest pair in the history of first-class cricket.

However, Sarwate did not take a hat-trick. Glamorgan's scorer, Dr Andrew Hignell, confirms from small and fading entries in the scorebook that Sarwate's 14th over, in which he ended the county's first innings, went as follows: 'First ball bowled Haydn Davies; second ball dot ball, third ball bowled Peter Judge. Second innings - Sarwate bowled Judge first ball.'

So this makes it three wickets in four balls, and not a hat-trick.

Sarwate's only first-class hat-trick was taken for Holkar v Bihar at Jamshedpur in 1948-49.

Nick Thompson, England

What was Don Bradman's average against each of the Test playing countries he faced?

Here is The Don's Test match batting record against his four opponents:

Opponents M I NO HS Runs Avge 10050
England 37 63 7 334 5028 89.78 1912
South Africa 5 5 1 299* 806 201.50 4 -
West Indies 5 6 - 223 447 74.50 2 -
India 5 6 2 201 715 178.75 4 1
Totals 52 80 10 334 6996 99.94 29 13

Tony Ogden, Australia

This is not so much a question as a genuine enquiry. Where on the web can I find a list of players who have scored 10,000 runs or taken 500 wickets in first-class cricket? As a member of the ACS I am aware of the fact that this may seem a lazy approach (technically I should be able to compile such a list myself from various sites around the place), but it does seem that there is a dearth of FC records available.

Even Cricket Archive, which has numerous FC stats, doesn't have extensive career lists. I had compiled such stats myself many years ago, but all on paper and now well out of date. Any advice would be appreciated.

I have searched too. Lists of scorers of 10,000 runs have been published but not recently. I have only seen lists of 1,000 wickets, never 500. Philip Bailey of CA tells me that they 'are working (slowly!) on a Record Oracle to augment the existing Player and Scorecard Oracles which would hopefully allow the user to pick out lists like the top run scorers.'

Chris Tuffrey, England

I am normally pretty good at answering my children's questions on cricket but my six-year-old son recently asked me 'why is an over called an over?' Can you help as I don't have a clue?

The term derives from the umpire's call when the prescribed number of balls (usually six nowadays) has been bowled: 'When the Four Balls are bowl'd he is to call Over' (1744 Laws). The umpire's call of 'over' tells the fielders to 'change over' and begin a new over from the opposite end.

Mat Dowsett, England

I'm told that Lincolnshire used to play some of their Minor Counties games at my former village ground of Nocton. I've been unable to prove this, is it true?

Nocton does not appear on the list of 22 Lincolnshire grounds produced by Cricket Archive.

J Ahmad, UK

My uncle, Sardar Saleem Ahmed Aldo, claims he played first-class cricket in Pakistan during the late '70s and '80s. I have not been able to find any record on any site. Do you have any records? Different variations of his name might have been used like Saleem Ahmed, Sardar Saleem Ahmed.

Not an easy one to check. The register of Pakistan's first-class cricket is not lacking in Saleems and Salims. The only Saleem Ahmed I could locate played in eight first-class matches for four different teams (East Pakistan, Dacca, Dacca University and East Pakistan Whites) between 1963-64 and 1970-71, scoring 266 runs at 24.18 with a top score of 53. Three Sardars have played at that level - Sardar Ali, Sardar Badshah and Sardar Mohammad. No trace of an Aldo.

Terry, UK

If a player plays 20 games in a season and is always 'not out', can he have an average come the end of the season?

It doesn't matter how many games he plays, unless a batsman is out during a season his average will be infinity.

Faraz Sarwat, Canada

Can you please provide the ball-by-ball account of Alvin Kallicharran's assault on Dennis Lillee during the 1975 World Cup? I have heard that the bowler went for 24 in one over. Is this accurate? Thanks a lot.

Not 24, but Kalli did cane Lillee for 35 runs off 10 balls immediately before attempting a hook too many. It happened at The Oval on 14 June 1975. Kalli had scored 47 off 73 balls when Lillee began his eighth over. The first four balls were hooked for four, the second being edged over slip. Lillee's last two balls produced singles - 18 off the over. His next over read: 4604W0. Kalli finished with 78 off 83 balls with a six and 14 fours and Lillee with an analysis reading 10-0-66-1. West Indies reached their target with seven wickets and 14 overs to spare.

Roy Marsh, Singapore

This is a slightly tongue-in-cheek question but, since it came via an Aussie friend over a pre-Ashes beer, here goes. If Jason Gillespie does not feature in the opening Ashes Test (as seems likely) will he be the first player in history to be dropped following a double century? He made 201* against Bangladesh in April of course.

It looks as though Gillespie's injured shoulder will prevent his playing anyway. Andy Sandham was not selected again after amassing the first Test match triple century (325) at Kingston, Jamaica in April 1930. Seymour Nurse (258 for West Indies) and Aravinda de Silva (206 for Sri Lanka) scored double hundreds in their final Test innings.

David Thomas, UK

Did Freddie Brown, the former England captain, play cricket in Peru before he ever played in England?

He was born in Lima on 16 December 1910, his father being engaged in an import and export agency.

Before coming home to England in 1921, the young Freddie spent a year at St Peter's Preparatory School at Vina del Mar near Valparaiso.

His autobiography ('Cricket Musketeer' published in 1954) doesn't mention playing cricket there. However, as his father took the wickets of five of the first seven MCC batsmen when Sir Pelham Warner's team played at Lima in 1926-27, it is probable that Freddie, his younger brother Alec and sister Aline (who toured Australia with England in 1947-48) would have been introduced to the game in Peru.

His first formal coaching came from Aubrey Faulkner when he began his English schooling at St Pirans in Maidenhead.

Rajiv Radhakrishnan, UK

In AB 133 the following question was asked: When was the last time that all 11 players in an England Test team where actually born in England?

You stated: That was back in July 1989 in the third Ashes Test. That was wrong. The last time it happened was against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle in December 2003?

Thank you very much, Rajiv. You are absolutely right. I forgot that Nasser Hussain (born in Madras) did not play in that Test. The England team (birthplaces in brackets) was: Marcus Trescothick (Keynsham), Michael Vaughan (Manchester), Mark Butcher (Croydon), Graham Thorpe (Farnham), Paul Collingwood (Shotley Bridge), Andrew Flintoff (Preston), Chris Read (Paignton), Gareth Batty (Bradford), Ashley Giles (Chertsey), Richard Johnson (Chertsey) and Matthew Hoggard (Leeds).

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Bill Frindall Q&A
25 May 06 |  Cricket


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