Bill Frindall, aka the Bearded Wonder, answers your latest batch of queries.
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What is the highest number of runs a player has scored in Test matches without EVER being dismissed?
The answer is 66 by Afaq Hussain of Pakistan. He appeared in two Test matches, batting at number ten on three occasions and at nine once, scoring 10* and 35* v England at Lahore in October 1961 and 8* and 13* v Australia at Melbourne in December 1964. His off-spin was less successful, claiming a solitary wicket from 37 overs at a cost of 106 runs.
His name led to Brian Johnston playing his most famous prank on a hapless Rex Alston at Lord's during Pakistan's 1962 tour of England.
How old was the great Sir Don Bradman when he made his first Test century?
Born on 27 August 1908, The Don was 20 years and 129 days old when he completed his maiden hundred for Australia at 5.30pm on 3 January 1929. It was his fourth Test innings and he reached his landmark after batting for 226 minutes on the fifth day of the Third Ashes Test at Melbourne. It was the first of his 29 Test hundreds, 19 of which were scored against England.
When a limited-overs international is abandoned due to weather (and replayed the following day for example) do the runs by a batsman or bowling performance from a bowler count in career figures?
Yes, all performances count in the records, even if the game is replayed.
Satish Salve, India
Who was the first County batsman to be given out handled the ball?
That honour goes to George ('Farmer') Bennett of Kent. Playing against Sussex at Hove in August 1872 he had not got off the mark when he removed a ball that had lodged in his clothing. This was before the introduction of Law 33 (b) in 1899 which declared such a ball to be 'dead'.
Between which nations was the first international cricket match played? I can't believe the answer given on one of our Southern African satellite channels!
If the answer given involved the United States of America and Canada it was correct. The first international was played in Manhattan, New York on 24-25 September 1844 with that city's St George's Club representing the USA and Toronto CC representing Canada. It was played for a stake of $1000, Canada (82 and 63) beating their hosts (64 and 58) by 23 runs. Top-scorer by three runs was extras with 17 in Canada's first innings.
More than 32 years were to pass before Australia and England contested what was to become accepted as the first official Test match in March 1877.
Lionel Rajapakse, Sri Lanka
Was there any occasion in a Test match between England and Australia when Lillee was caught in the gully by Willey off Dilley?
There was indeed and I was fortunate enough to be scoring for TMS at the WACA in Perth when it happened at 4.08pm on 18 December 1979, the fourth day of the first Anglo-Australian Test since the Packer schism. Dennis Lillee had scored 19 off his previous 104 balls in 135 minutes when he fended a short delivery from Graham Dilley to Peter Willey at close gully.
Earlier in this match Lillee had caused a ten-minute stoppage by using a bat made of aluminium.
I am stumped by this quiz question: in Test match cricket, what is the surname of the only cricketer, from any Test match playing country to have scored 3,000 runs without ever having scored a century?
The name you need is Warne. Shane Warne scored 3142 runs in 197 innings during his 144 international Tests. The highest of his 12 fifties was 99 against New Zealand at Perth in 2001-02. He also collected 34 ducks, a tally exceeded only by Courtney Walsh who made 43.
Which bowler has the highest number of caught and bowleds at Test level?
A question that Derek Underwood once asked me and you will soon know why!
Anil Kumble has the most with 27 of his 547 wickets taken to catches off his own bowling (4.9%) in international Tests.
Of the three other bowlers who have taken 20 or more caught and bowleds, Underwood, with 20 of his 297 wickets, has taken the highest percentage of his wickets in this way (6.7). The other two bowlers are Muthiah Muralitharan with 25 out of 669 (3.7%) and Shane Warne with 21 out of 702 (2.9%).
A friend recently told me about her grandfather, Edward Mathieson, who apparently played county cricket. Do you have any information on him?
No one has appeared in county cricket under the name of Mathieson. The nearest I can find is Edward Matheson who was born at Charlton in London on 14 June 1865 and died in Devon at Uffculme, near Tiverton, on 26 February 1945. He was educated at the Clergy Orphan School in Canterbury.
A right-handed middle-order batsman he made his first-class debut for the South of England v the Australians at Hastings in 1886, scoring 1 and 6. He had to wait 13 seasons before undertaking the second half of his career, appearing for Warwickshire v Gloucestershire at Bristol and scoring 9 and, opening, 5. The product of this two-match career was 21 runs, average 5.25, and a catch. He was not invited to bowl.
Having read this your friend will almost certainly deny any relationship to this cricketer!
Bill, have here been any cases of Test match 300-run partnerships where one partner did not even manage a 100?
There have been three, Ashok:-
303 (3rd wkt) Viv Richards (232) & Alvin Kallicharran (97), WI v E, Nottingham, 1976.
313 (8th) Wasim Akram (257*) & Saqlain Mushtaq (79), P v Z, Sheikhupura, 1996-97.
322 (5th) Brian Lara (213) & Jimmy Adams (94), WI v A, Kingston, 1998-99.
Other than the Maestro, Don Bradman, who is the only other cricketer to have scored over 4,000 runs in Test cricket and to have celebrated more hundreds than fifties?
Including The Don, five batsmen have scored over 4000 Test match runs and recorded more hundreds than fifties. In order of highest runs aggregate they are: Bradman (6996 runs, 29 hundreds, 13 fifties); Mohammad Azharuddin (6215, 22, 21); Marvan Atapattu (5330, 16, 15); Michael Vaughan (4595, 15, 14); and Virender Sehwag (4072, 12, 11).
James Nutting, Germany
In the 1999 Cricket World Cup in Britain, Gavin Hamilton was out in the most staggeringly unlucky fashion during Scotland's match against Bangladesh. Can you remember exactly how? Just saying "run out" is not enough!
Having achieved Scotland's highest score of the match with 63 off 71 balls, Hamilton, the non-striker, was run out when the bowler, Manjural Islam, dived to intercept a drive and deflected the ball into the stumps. Bangladesh went on to win the match, played at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, by 22 runs.
Imran (Bangladesh); Charles Britten, Jack Caswell, Matthew Cheek, MJC, Kevin Gilvary, Imran, Lee, Stuart Long and Tom Marshall (England/UK); Warren Desmond and Tim O'Kane (Australia); Doug Li (Hong Kong) Michael Bugeja (Hungary); Subrata Das, Ravi Kaza and Gulu Ezekiel (India); Anders (Zimbabwe).
Lincoln's question in #139 about winning a Test with a sundry or extra set off a flurry of world-wide ferreting that confirmed eight other instances:-
South Africa v England at Durban in 1948-49 - England won off a leg-bye off the last possible ball.
India v England at Madras in 1972-73 - India won off a no-ball.
India v West Indies at Madras 1978-79 - India won off a no-ball.
New Zealand v West Indies at Dunedin in 1979-80 - New Zealand won off a leg bye.
West Indies v India at Bridgetown in 1982-83 - West Indies won off a no-ball.
Pakistan v Australia at Karachi in 1994-95 - Pakistan won by one wicket with four leg byes.
West Indies v England at Port-of-Spain in 1997-98 - England won with a bye.
England v Australia at Nottingham in 2001 - Australia won off a no-ball.