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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 139
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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!

Bearders has just returned from Australia, scoring the Ashes series for TMS and is here to deal with your queries. Fill in the form on the right-hand side of the page to stump the Bearded Wonder.


Jonathan Cooper, England

When were Australia last beaten in Australia in a Test series?

In February 1993 when West Indies won the fifth Test on a fast and bouncy Perth pitch by an innings and 25 runs to clinch the series 2-1. They had won the previous Test, at the Adelaide Oval on Australia Day by a single run - still the narrowest margin in Test match history.


Henry Ehreich, GB

I know this is an unusual question. However, I was reading up about TMS on Wikipedia and there was a complete list of all TMS commentators in the past, including any guest commentators from other countries. I am sure that there was a female commentator from the West Indies at one time. But she is not listed. Any ideas?

Obviously that list is not complete! Donna Simmonds is the missing name. A lawyer by profession, she is an established cricket commentator in her native Barbados and hopefully will join our team again when West Indies tour in the first half of the coming season.


Chris, England

Is Mal Loye the first Malachy to play international cricket?

Yes. However, a Malachi Jones has represented Bermuda in seven internationals.


Pete Roberts, South Africa

A few years ago I was at the Wanderers to see Pat Symcox score a Test century against Pakistan when batting at number 10. Just how many Test match tons have been scored by that batting position?

There have been just three Test hundreds scored by No.10 batsmen and Symcox scored the first for 96 years.

Surrey's W.W. (Walter) Read became the first when he made 117 against Australia at The Oval in 1884. His match-saving innings remains the highest score by a No. 10 in Tests. He reached his century in 113 minutes with 36 scoring strokes. His partnership of 151 with W.H. (William) Scotton remains England's highest for the ninth wicket against Australia.

The other member of this elite trio is R.A. (Reggie) Duff who scored 104 in the Ashes Test at Melbourne in 1901-02.


Lincoln, Australia

Has a Test match ever been won off a sundry (i.e., a no-ball is the winning run)?

I have scored just one that did but there have no doubt been others. New Zealand won the Second Test at Trent Bridge in August 1986 by eight wickets when, with the scores level, David Gower deliberately chucked his only ball of the match. Technically the game ended with that call but the Secretary of the TCCB, Donald Carr, subsequently ruled that the boundary struck off that ball by Martin Crowe should stand. Gower thus has the distinction of being the first England bowler to be called for throwing in a Test in England.


Brian Richards, England

What or who is I Zingari?

Founded by a group of Old Harrovians at a dinner party in July 1845, three years before W.G.Grace was born, I Zingari is the oldest of all wandering clubs. The name is Italian for 'the gypsies'.

Also known as 'IZ', the club was formed to foster the spirit of amateur cricket. Its colours are black, red and gold, symbolizing its motto 'out of darkness, through fire, into light.'


Jonny White, England

In the 2005 Twenty20 Cup, on finals day at The Oval, who was the only bowler to bowl a maiden over?

One of the more ephemeral questions I have been asked. The answer is Jeremy Snape for Leicestershire v Somerset in the second semi-final.


Dave, UK

Which batsman has played the fewest Tests and yet scored a double century? Is it David Lloyd, providing Brad Hodge continues his Test career at some point?

No, David Lloyd played in nine Tests and is sixth on the list of fewest Tests to include a 200. Ahead of him are R.E. 'Tip' Foster (England - 8 Tests), Martin Donnelly (New Zealand - 7), Taslim Arif (Pakistan - 6), Brad Hodge (Australia - 5) and, the leader, Brendon Kuruppu (Sri Lanka - 4).


Nicholas, Sweden

How many first-class appearances did George Mills make for Worcestershire?

Very good to have a question from Sweden. George Thomas Mills (1923-83) was a wicket-keeper and right-handed lower order batsman who appeared twice for Worcestershire in 1953, making nine dismissals, including four stumpings, and scoring 46 runs in four innings with a highest score of 23.


C Cadogan, London

Which country did Ivor Mendonca play for?

Ivor Leon Mendonca played for West Indies in two home Tests against India in March and April 1962. Born at Bartica in Demerara, within what was then British Guiana, he was a wicket-keeper and right-handed batsman who scored 78 on his debut batting at No. 8.


Graham Letford, England

I like to teach my young daughter about the basics of cricket, and when one was displayed on the TV she asked me why it was called a duck when someone was out for nought! I was stumped, have since asked a few of my cricketing colleagues and they're all none the wiser. Are you able to shed any light on this subject?

The answer is somewhat mundane. The term 'duck' is derived simply because of the resemblance between the figure '0' and a duck's egg. Similarly the tennis term 'love' is derived from l'oeuf, French for 'the egg'.


M Pattabiraman, India

Last time you were asked, 'How many Tests did Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash play together?' May I please know how you go about answering such a question? Do you look it up with a computer? If so how would you have answered a similar question say 25 years ago?

No, I didn't use a computer. I have manuscript records for all cricketers who have appeared in Tests since I began work as a professional cricket statistician in late 1965. These include the reference number for each Test they played in. I just had to compare the reference numbers on the sheets for Gough and Ramprakash. Another trade secret revealed!



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