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Thursday, 8 August, 2002, 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK
Stump The Bearded Wonder No 32
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.


Rob, England

What is the highest number of First-Class wickets taken by a non-Test player?

Fascinating question, Rob. The answer is 2,218 at 22.32 by Don Shepherd, the first bowler to take 2000 wickets for Glamorgan. His tally from a career spanning 23 summers (1950-72) included 100 wickets in a season 12 times, 28 instances of ten or more in a match and 123 of five or more in an innings.

His best was 9 for 47. A hard-hitting lower-order batsman, he hit 51 against the 1961 Australians with just 11 scoring strokes: six sixes, three fours, a two and a single.

Steve Roberts, Essex

Has a Test team ever scored more than 400 runs without losing a single wicket?

Just once, Steve, when India scored 413 in 472 minutes against New Zealand at the Corporation Stadium, Madras, in January 1956. 'Vinoo' Mankad (231) and Pankaj Roy (173) scored 234 on the first day, the first Indian pair to bat through a complete day of Test cricket. India declared at 537 for 3 and won by an innings with 105 minutes to spare.

Sreedhar, India

Who dropped Lance Gibbs off Subhash Gupte's bowling, thus denying him a 10 wicket haul in Kanpur in 1958 against the Windies?

The guilty man was the wicket-keeper, Narendra Tamhane. Gupte, who died last May, did take all ten for Bombay against Pakistan Services in Bahawalpur. He was rated by Gary Sobers as the finest wrist spinner he ever batted against.

Rob Livsey, England

Has 'extras' ever been top scorer in a Test match innings?

Yes, it has happened 12 times, all between 1912 and 1998, with half of them occurring in England. On two other occasions extras have been equal top scorer.

Michael, Scotland

In last week's one-day final against India, two England players, Trescothick and Hussain, scored centuries in the innings. Has this ever happened before?

That was the 41st instance in all limited-overs internationals but only the second featuring England batsmen. The first involved Graham Gooch and David Gower in the 1985 Texaco Trophy match against Australia at Lord's.

Philip Lewis, England

Have brothers ever appeared on opposing sides in a Test match?

At Newlands, Cape Town, in March 1892, Frank Hearne made his debut for South Africa (having already appeared twice for his native England) in a one-off Test match in which his brothers Alec and George made their only appearances for England.

Edna Holland, England

Why do they call David Lloyd 'Bumble'?

Because his profile, involving a prominent proboscis, is not unlike that of animation characters called 'Bumblies' featured in one of the late Michael Bentine's childrens' television programmes.

Alan, England

What is the record number of overs in a Test match using the same ball? I seem to remember the West Indies declined to take the new ball because they were short of fit bowlers and believed the older ball would be more difficult to hit to the boundary.

Yes, Alan, spot on. The record is 177 overs, the length of New Zealand's second innings of 386 for 5 declared at the Basin Reserve in February 1987. Hampered by injuries to two key bowlers, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall, and impeded by Wellington's infamous northerly wind, Viv Richards retained the original ball.

James Horner, UK

I know that Glenn McGrath got Atherton out 19 times in Test matches. Has any other bowler got a batsman out more times than that?

No, the next best for dismissing one batsman most times is 17, a tally recorded by both Curtley Ambrose and Courtney Walsh for West Indies. In both cases their favourite victim was the same player: Michael Atherton!

Vish, India

What is the record number of ducks scored by a side in one Test innings?

Six. Two instances, by Pakistan (v West Indies at Karachi in 1980-81) and by South Africa (v India at Ahmedabad in 1996-97).

Steve, New Zealand

Are there any records of the minor games on the first Test tour of 1876-77 to Australasia? If so, who won the game versus Nelson NZ? Is there a scorecard for this game?

James Lillywhite's England XI played eight minor matches (all being odds games against sides composed of between 18 and 22 players) in New Zealand before returning to Australia for the inaugural Test in Melbourne in March 1877.

Scorecards appear in Vol XIV of MCC Cricket Scores and Biographies. They played Twenty-Two of Nelson on 15, 16 February and scored 258 before dismissing their hosts for 56 and 39. Nelson's two innings include 23 ducks!

Nick, Hungary

You wrote that Perrin's triple century is the only one for Essex. Didn't Graham Gooch score 300 in the early 1990s? I recall it was against Cambridge University.

Gooch scored 333 for England v India at Lord's in 1990. His highest score for Essex was 275 v Kent at Chelmsford in 1988.

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