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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 148
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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!

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Chris Jones, England

Is it correct that Monty Bowden was England's youngest captain?

A stylish middle-order Surrey batsman, Montague Parker Bowden deputised as captain for a fever-stricken C. Aubrey Smith at Cape Town in 1888-89 in the second Test ever played in South Africa. Those two games were his only Test appearances. At 23 years 144 days he is still the youngest to lead England.

Remaining in South Africa after that tour, and scored 63 and 126 not out for Transvaal in the inaugural Currie Cup Challenge match. In 1892, at the age of 26, he fell from a cart in Mashonaland, Rhodesia, and died in a glorified mud hut serving as Umtali Hospital. There an armed guard protected his body from marauding lions before it was interred in a coffin made out of whisky cases.

Andy Stiff, England

I notice from your last column you are still not including the statistics from the Australians v ICC World XI farce that followed the Ashes in 2005. Have you or any other cricket statisticians made any formal attempt to get these records expunged from history?

The ICC invited me to submit my comments before they accorded Test status to that game and I did so in great detail, unequivocally recommending that it should not and could not be an official Test match. For a start, the ICC's own definition of a Test match precluded any contest involving a multinational team. They also defied the original recommendations of their own cricket committee. Without Test status the match would not have attracted its major sponsors or ball-by-ball television coverage.

They may eventually remove Test status from it, as they did after several years from the 1970 England v Rest of the World series. Whether they do or not, I and a good many other statisticians around the world will never include it in our Test records.

Jack Wheeler, UK

We hear that Don Bradman is the only player to score more runs than Kevin Pietersen in his first 25 Tests. What was Bradman's average after his first 25 Tests?

Bradman's average after 25 Tests, in which he scored 3194 runs from 38 innings with three not outs, was 91.26. He had then scored 13 hundreds and five fifties.

Pietersen's average after 25 Tests (i.e. after Headingley this season) was 54.40, his details being 47 innings, three not outs, 2448 runs, eight hundreds and nine fifties.

Roy Banks, England

I seem to remember many years ago Geoff Boycott saying he had taken more wickets playing for England than he had for Yorkshire. Is this correct?

Assuming we are talking first-class cricket and 'for England' means in Test matches, Boycott took seven wickets (average 54.57) in 108 Tests and 28 wickets (average 23.75) in 414 first-class matches for Yorkshire.

Barry, UK

What is the record for the most number of centuries scored in a Test series internationally and for England?

The record is 12 by Australia in West Indies in five Tests in 1954-55, by Pakistan at home v India in six Tests in 1982-83, and by South Africa at home in four Tests v West Indies in 2003-04.

England's best is 11 in South Africa during five Tests in 1938-39. Their tally after three matches of the current four-match West Indies rubber is eight.

Steve Cripps, England

I have a BBC "archive" question. Back in the 1960s there was much less graphics technology available on outside broadcasts. I well remember the scorecards were beautifully done by an on-site calligrapher, I think his name was Morris, or McMorris? Whatever happened to these? Are they still archived somewhere at the BBC? They would make great prizes for fund-raising raffles, etc.

The calligrapher was Maurice Ryman and I very much doubt if any of his work remains. When television coverage of cricket began in 1946 the cameras zoomed in on scorer Roy Webber's dismissals sheets. Brian Johnston discovered Ryman when he was asked to present some swimming certificates in Brighton. He provided the captions for television for several seasons after I made my TMS debut in 1966.

Eric Pérez, Venezuela

I am a cricket mad "Caraqueño" (person from Caracas, Venezuela) and also a proud beard wearer and all-around follicle aficionado. If the batting team is nine wickets down and a bowler gets the last wicket with the first ball of the over, would this "one-ball over" of sorts count as a maiden in his stats?

No, my splendidly hairy friend, it would not. Only complete (currently six-ball) overs without runs from the bat, no-balls or wides qualify as maidens.

Trevor Lindsay, Grand Cayman

Is Carl Hooper the only cricketer to score 5000 runs, take 100 wickets and 100 catches in both Tests and LOIs?

Yes. His Test match aggregates are 5762 runs, 114 wickets and 115 catches, while in limited-overs internationals he scored 5761 runs, in addition to taking 193 wickets and holding 120 catches.

Botham, Kallis and Sobers reached these milestones in Tests, while Jayasuriya, Viv Richards, Tendulkar and Steve Waugh achieved them in LOIs.

Jon Williams, England

Does a bowler get credit for a 'hit wicket' dismissal within his averages, and if so, which bowler holds the record for the most wickets of this type in their Test career?

Hit wicket dismissals are credited to the bowler. Dwayne Bravo claimed Kevin Pietersen's wicket at Old Trafford when he hit him on his helmet and it fell on his stumps.

Australia's Graham ('Garth') McKenzie holds the record for most hit wicket dismissals with four between 1966-67 and 1969-70.

Scott Dendy, UK

Has anyone from the Minor Counties ever played for England, if so who?

There have been four, most notably Sydney Francis Barnes of Staffordshire who played only four of his 27 Tests while representing Lancashire.

Other players who represented England while with Minor Counties were the Hon. Charles Coventry (Worcestershire before it gained first-class status), Audley Miller (Wiltshire) and David Townsend, who made his debut for Durham three months after completing the last of his three England appearances in the West Indies in March 1935.

Andrew Belsey, UK

I believe Alfred Cochrane played for Oxford University and Derbyshire. Can you tell me anything about him and his cricketing career?

Alfred Henry John Cochrane was a right-handed batsman and left-arm medium-paced bowler who played in 28 first-class matches between 1884 and 1888. All but six of those appearances were for Oxford University for whom he gained blues in 1885, 1886 and 1888. He played four matches for Derbyshire (1884 and 1886), one for the Gentlemen against the Players (1886) and one for Oxford University Past and Present against the 1888 Australians. He also represented Northumberland against Durham in the 1897 Minor Counties Championship.

Born at Moka in Mauritius on 26 January 1865, he died just outside Bath at Batheaston on 14 December 1948. His elder brother, Ernest Mathews, played 11 matches for Oxford University (1867-69).

William S, UK

Having recently started playing club cricket - scores of 2 not out and 9 not out so far - please could you explain how you calculate 'not out' scores into your average?

In calculating batting averages, 'not outs' are deducted from the total number of innings. At present your average is 11 divided by zero, i.e. infinity.

In 1953, Bill Johnston, Australia's unique left-arm bowler, who could purvey either spin or fast-medium swing and seam to international standard and who died on 24 May, headed the 1953 first-class batting averages with 102.00. He achieved this by scoring 102 runs in 17 innings and being dismissed only once, by Vic Cannings when they played Hampshire.

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