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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 141
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Bill Frindall, aka the Bearded Wonder, answers your latest batch of queries.

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Kashif Qureshi, Pakistan

Who is the most successful of the captains in World Cup matches?

Given a qualification of 10 matches, the most successful winning captain, and the only one with a 100% record after more than two games, is Ricky Ponting. Australia have won all 11 matches under his command.

Only two other captains have won 80% of their matches under that qualification. Clive Lloyd led West Indies to victory in 15 of his 17 games at the helm (88.24%) and India won nine of Sourav Ganguly's 11 ties in charge (81.82%).

Graham Gooch and Alec Stewart have led England in most World Cup games (8) - each achieving a 62.5% success rate. Mike Brearley returned a winning rate of 80% in his five matches as captain.

Alasdair Howe, Scotland

I have a great interest in cricket and support the West Indies. This is due to my great grandfather, Urban Joules Cherry, who came to England from Trinidad in the 1950s. I believe he may have played for Durham at some point and I wondered if you had any information on him?

I suspect that your great grandfather moved to England 20 years earlier than you thought because Dr Urban Joules Cherry died in Coundon, Co Durham, on 23 October 1946 having been born in Trinidad in 1889.

There is no record of his having played in Durham but he did become a notable umpire there. After standing in a two-day match between Durham (captained by England cricketer D.C.H.Townsend, whom he may well have seen play in a Test in Port-of-Spain in 1935) and the touring West Indians at Ashbrooke, Sunderland, in July 1939, he officiated in a county match against Northumberland the following season. From 1940 until July 1945 he also stood in nine fixtures between Durham and Catterick Garrison.

Steve, New Zealand

What are the other percentages of Derek Underwood's 297 wickets after his 6.7% caught and bowled as answered in No.140?

The full distribution of Underwood's 297 Test wickets is: 79 bowled (26.6%), 26 caught wicket-keeper (8.8%), 140 caught in the field (47.1%), 20 caught and bowled (6.7%), 24 lbw (8.1%) and 8 stumped (2.7%).

David Cant, England

Say a bowler bowls a ball down the leg side and it is called a wide. If the bowler then bowls an identical ball down the leg side, but the batsman gets a nick and is caught, is he out or is it another wide?

He is out because a ball cannot be called a wide if the batsman hits it. If the batsman makes contact after the umpire has called 'wide', the latter must revoke his call.

Edward Bailey, UK

Who owns the original Prudential World cup? Where is it kept?

It is currently housed in the MCC Museum behind the pavilion at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. Presumably it was donated to the Test & County Cricket Board, organising hosts of the inaugural World Cup competition, by the sponsors, Prudential Insurance, in 1975. The last winners of that particular trophy were India in 1983 so perhaps their Board of Control should have it.

Jamie Dickinson, England

Is it true that the West Park Cricket ground in West Bridgford, Nottingham, has hosted an international cricket fixture? And possibly even before Trent Bridge the third oldest Test ground?

West Park has staged three first-class matches, all featuring Sir Julian Cahn's XI. The first, an international of sorts, was a three-day game in June 1932 against the touring South Americans. The visitors won by five wickets despite a career-best innings of 251 by Denijs Morkel soon after he had made the last of his 16 appearances for South Africa. The other two matches were played against Leicestershire and Lancashire in 1935.

This little burst of fame arrived long after Trent Bridge had staged its first Test in June 1899.

Sam Harris, England

Who didn't score a run, bowl someone out or take a catch but still got man of the match award? Where, when and why?

I hope the answer you are after is John Abrahams who captained Lancashire to a six-wicket victory against Warwickshire in the Benson and Hedges Cup Final at Lord's on 21 July 1984. He was caught behind for a duck and did not need to bowl his occasional off-spinners. However he did catch Alvin Kallicharran, top-scorer of the match with 70, so perhaps you have someone else in mind. Adjudicator Peter May gave the award to Abrahams as much for his outstanding contribution in leading Lancashire to the final as for anything he achieved on the day. Abrahams did have the gumption to put Warwickshire in on a damp pitch - and it was his 32nd birthday!

Neo, Costa Rica

How do the umpires decide who gets out in the following situation. The batsman hits the ball straight back to the stumps at the non-striker end in the air. The bowler catches and breaks the stumps at the same instance and the non-striker is out of the crease. There is absolutely no way to tell if the bowler completed the catch before he broke the stumps. I know the Laws don't allow both the batsmen to be out at the same time, which in this case makes sense, but who should the umpires give out in this case?

Law 32 (2) makes it absolutely clear that the striker is out caught even if the run out of the non-striker was completed first. Apart from bowled, caught takes precedence over all other forms of dismissal 'even though a decision against either batsman for another method of dismissal would be justified.'

James Stokoe, England/Holland

I have just read a book called 'Exploration Fawcett' by Col. P.H. Fawcett who explored the Amazon jungle before disappearing on a subsequent mission to the Matto Grosso region of Brazil in 1925. It is claimed he played cricket to a county level (circa 1910) for Gloucestershire. Did he?

Your question has prompted me to unearth the copy I gave as a birthday present to my father in 1954, the year after Colonel Fawcett's book was first published. It may well inspire me to read it again. His wife delayed publication for so long because she was convinced that her husband, accompanied by their eldest son, would return. Eventually the manuscript was passed to her younger son, Brian, who added a Prologue and Epilogue.

Sadly I can trace no record of Percy Harrison Fawcett having played important cricket in England or South America. He may have been related to two Fawcetts who appeared at first-class level. Edward Boyd Fawcett (1839-84) represented Cambridge University, Sussex and the Gentlemen in 21 matches (1859-63). Arthur Henry Fawcett (1880-1957), a Yorkshireman, played in six matches ranging from the Europeans in India to the Gentlemen and C.I.Thornton's XI in England between 1917-18 and 1922.

Vishnu Lagoo

With regard to your first answer in No.140, I am curious as to which prank did Brian Johnston played on Rex Alston in 1962?

I feared that someone would ask. 'Johnners' tricked him into saying 'Afaq Hussain' on the air when that Pakistan cricketer wasn't even playing. A full account appears in 'Bearders.'

David James, UK

When was the last time Australia lost four consecutive limited-overs internationals?

In 1997 Australia lost five internationals in succession, three defeats against England in the Texaco Trophy being sandwiched between a brace against South Africa (at Bloemfontein in April and at Sydney in December).

Graham Russell, England

I have noted Phil Neatherway's question under No.60. You have said that you can find no record of the Freemans being related to the Russells. C.A.G. ('Jack') Russell was my grandfather and I can assure you that there is a true relationship. Jack's grandfather, Thomas, married Mary Eliza Freeman in 1864. George Freeman (Tich's father) was Mary's brother. There are several Freemans related to the Russells, notably Jack Freeman who played for Essex.

Many thanks, Graham. That question appeared more than three years ago, my brief being to answer 24 questions each month in two instalments. Now I can log on to Jack Russell's page on the Cricket Archive website and immediately see that Edward Charles Freeman (Essex 1894-96) was his great-uncle and that his Freeman cousins included Alfred Percy ('Tich') (Kent & England 1914-36), Edward John (Essex 1904-12) and John Robert (Essex 1905-28).

Graham, please email in again using the form on the top-right. We have had two emails which we wish to forward you regarding your family history but must have the wrong address as they are coming back 'undeliverable'! Thank you - Sport Interactive team.

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Bill Frindall Q&A
25 May 06 |  Cricket


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