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Monday, 15 July, 2002, 09:45 GMT 10:45 UK
Stump The Bearded Wonder No 30
Pose your cricket questions to Bearders
Bill Frindall, aka the Bearded Wonder, is poised to solve your cricket queries and teasers.

The Test Match Special statistician will be busy answering your questions throughout the English summer.


Chris, England

Could you please clarify the laws in respect to runs scored off no-balls and wides as they apply to village cricket? Is it still that any runs scored from a wide ball shall be wides and if you elect to take runs from the bat for a no ball they are the only ones to count?

There seems to be much confusion at this level as to whether additional runs are scored in the book for such deliveries as has been in the case in recent years for LOIs etc.

The 2000 Code of the Laws of Cricket covers ALL cricket. They can be amended by Playing Regulations for specific tournaments or series - which accounts for the confusing variations of no-ball and wide penalties in the various competitions run by the ECB.

In club/village/minor cricket the treatment of no-balls and wides is identical: one penalty run is awarded in addition to any other extras or runs off the bat, the latter not being applicable for wides, of course.

If a no-ball is hit for four, one run is recorded as a no-ball extra, the batsman is credited with four and the total is increased by five. Any byes or leg-byes off a no-ball are recorded as additional no-balls.

If a wide goes for boundary byes it is recorded as five wides. An extra ball is bowled whenever a no-ball or wide is called and all runs scored, extras and batsman's runs, are debited to the bowler's analysis.

Adam Reynolds, England

My friends were having a debate as to whether or not there is a legitimate cricket stroke/shot called the "paddle". Please could you help answer this friendly debate?

Yes, Adam, the paddle is a perfectly legitimate stroke. A variation of the sweep, it is played late and with a near-vertical bat to hit legside balls fine of fine-leg. Its greatest exponent was Colin Cowdrey.

Roddy Porter, United Kingdom

Which member of the 1966 England World Cup-winning squad also played County cricket and which County did he represent?

That was Geoffrey Charles Hurst who scored a hat-trick of goals in that World Cup final. A useful wicket-keeper and right-handed lower-order batsman, he was also an outstanding fielder.

It was that last attribute which prompted Trevor Bailey, then captain of Essex, to select him for a solitary First-Class appearance against Lancashire at Liverpool in 1962. He contibuted two catches but no runs (0* and 0) to an Essex victory.

Euan McSherry, Scotland

When and where did Bradman score a century in Scotland?

The 1948 Australians ended their tour with two non-First-Class two-day matches against Scotland. A record Aberdeen crowd of 10,000 saw 'The Don' celebrate his final innings in Britain by scoring an undefeated 123 (two sixes, 17 fours) on 17-18 September.

Mike Zucker, England

Which player has recorded the highest First-Class score for Essex?

P.A. (Percy) Perrin holds the record with 343 not out at Chesterfield in 1904. It remains the only triple century scored for Essex and he ended up on the losing side in an astonishing match.

Essex scored 597 before 'Derbyshire accomplished the most phenomenal performance ever recorded in First-Class cricket' (Wisden). They replied with 548, dismissed Essex for 97 and won by nine wickets.

Peter Simpson, England

After Graeme Hick's recent triple-hundred against Durham, he has now scored three triple hundreds in the County Championship. Can you please tell me if this is a record, and if not, who has bettered this?

Excellent question, Peter. W.R. 'Wally' Hammond is the only other batsman to score three Championship hundreds (302* v Glamorgan, Bristol, 1934; 317 v Notts, Gloucester, 1936; 302 v Glamorgan, Newport, 1939). He also scored 336* for England v New Zealand at Auckland in 1932-33, then the record Test score.

James Shafe, UK

Who was the first Englishman to take a Test hat-trick?

W. ('Billy') Bates achieved the first hat-trick for England when he dismissed P.S.McConnell, G.Giffen and G.J.Bonnor in Australia's first innings of the Second Test at Melbourne on 20 January 1883. He had already scored 55 and his 14 wickets (7 for 28 and 7 for 74) gained England victory by an innings and 27 runs.

Paul, England

What is the longest spell any bowler has bowled in Test cricket without conceding a run?

R.G. ('Bapu') Nadkarni holds the record for the longest runless spell with 131 balls, including 21 six-ball maiden overs, for India v England at Madras in 1963-64.

Bowling eight-ball overs for South Africa v England at Durban in 1956-57, H.J. (Hugh) Tayfield bowled 119 balls in the first innings followed immediately by a further 18 in the second without conceding a run.

Roger Hall, England

Am I correct in thinking that Ken Cranston of Lancashire once took four wickets in five balls against South Africa and has anyone else done this rather remarkable feat?

Not quite, Roger. Cranston took four wickets in a six-ball over (W.W.WW) to end South Africa's second innings at Headingley in 1947. Three bowlers have taken four wickets in five balls in Test cricket: M.J.C.Allom and C.M.Old for England and Wasim Akram for Pakistan.

Ray Bridges, England

Who holds the record for scoring most Test 100s after his 40th birthday?

J.B. ('Jack') Hobbs scored eight hundreds for England after his 40th birthday on 16 December 1922. At 46 years 82 days he remains the oldest to score a Test match hundred.

Barrie Morse, Canada

Who holds the record for being "not out" the most times for England?

R.G.D.('Bob') Willis holds the England 'not out' record with 55 from 128 Test match innings. Only C.A.(Courtney) Walsh recorded more with 61 from 185 innings for West Indies.

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