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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 February, 2003, 11:59 GMT
Stump The Bearded Wonder No 44
Bill Frindall is waiting for your questions
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 before, during and after the World Cup.

Fill in the form on the right-hand side of the page to stump the Bearded Wonder.

Matthew Taylor, England

Starting with Michael Vaughan, what's the quickest way of linking Test cricketers back to the first-ever Test match?
e.g. Michael Vaughan played with Mike Atherton, Mike Atherton played with Graham Gooch...and so on.

I would use the Index of Cricketers in the 5th edition of my 'Wisden Book of Test Cricket' (Vol III).

Look up the ref. no. of Vaughan's first Test (#1474). Consult the scorecard of that match and, again using the Index, find which of his colleagues in that team was the first to make his debut - Atherton in Test #1125. Then find the senior player in #1125 and so on.

Richard Harrison, England

Do the fielding side have to appeal before an umpire gives the batsman out?

Yes, they most certainly do. Law 27 states: 'Neither umpire shall give a batsman out, even though he may be out under the Laws, unless appealed to by the fielding side'.

Bruce McDonald, UK

Who are the only father and son to have captained Cambridge in the Varsity match?

That honour belongs to the Mills dynasty. John Michael led the 1948 side and his son, John Peter Crispin, deputised for Derek Pringle, the elected captain, in 1982 when the latter chose to play for England in a Test that coincided with the University Match.

Hayden Lean, Cornwall

Can you please tell me how many Cornishmen have played Test cricket for England, and who they were?

There have been just two, Hayden. The first was Gloucestershire opening batsman J.F. ('Jack') Crapp, born in St Columb Major, who played in seven Tests in 1948 and 1948-49.

Surrey's Penzance-born wicket-keeper C.J. ('Jack') Richards was the last and he gained eight caps between 1986-87 and 1988, scoring 133 against Australia at Perth in his second Test match.

Paul, Thailand

Has there ever been a side bowled out for 0?

It has happened on numerous occasions in minor matches. No fewer than 19 instances are listed in A.L.Ford's 'Curiosities of Cricket' published in 1897!

In major cricket the lowest score is 6 by the Bs against England at Lord's in 1810 and the lowest in first-class matches is 12 by Oxford University v MCC at Oxford in 1877.

Shah, USA

Is it true to say that Javed Miandad scored centuries in both Pakistan's innings in the 1000th Test match in history?

Indeed it is, Shah. He scored 104 and 103 not out against New Zealand at Hyderabad's Niaz Stadium on 26-29 November 1984 in what chronologically was the 1000th official Test match.

Steven, Australia

Who was the first black player to play Test match cricket for England?

Roland Butcher, who made his debut in his native Barbados in 1981, was the first black West Indian to represent England in a Test match. Some 85 years earlier, Prince Ranjitsinhji had become the first Indian to play for England.

Chand, London

Is it true that the ex-England cricketer Willie Watson also represented England in the 1950 football World Cup?

Watson played soccer for Huddersfield Town, Sunderland and Halifax Town, gaining four caps for England. He appeared against Ireland and Italy in 1949-50 and against Wales and Yugoslavia in 1950-51.

My meagre kickball records do not encompass World Cups but possibly either the Italy or Yugoslavia games were in that tournament.

His cricket career (1939-64) embraced Yorkshire, Leicestershire and England (23 Tests).

Jackson, India

Which player hit six fours in an over in a Test match?

Sandeep Patil achieved that feat off the bowling of Bob Willis for India against England at Old Trafford, Manchester, in June 1982.

The over scored 4440444, the third delivery being a no-ball. It equalled the Test record for most runs off a six-ball over.

Kevin Burgum, Essex

How many English captains have there been? Which one has served for the longest period of time?

There have been 73 England captains. The longest unbroken reign has been 8 years 241 days (10 June 1938 to 6 February 1947) by Walter Hammond but that included the Hitler Hiatus and amounted to only 19 matches (he subsequently captained in another Test).

Michael Atherton captained England in most matches - 54.

Arthur Fairchild, Bournemouth

Who was appointed captain of his county but never took the field in that role and was deposed the following season?

Tim Munton had that unique experience. Appointed Warwickshire's captain for 1997, he missed the entire season because of a back injury and was succeeded by Brian Lara the following year.

Paul Severn, USA

Oh Bearded One...I am looking for help finding information regarding cricket in the States.

Thirty + years ago my father and uncles played amateur cricket in the States and abroad and for the United States team.

I believe between 1967-70 they did tours of England, Canada etc., but finding information in the US about cricket, especially abstract information, has been difficult.

My dad's name is Winston F.M Severn, son of Dr. Clifford Severn. Anything come to mind?

The first mention of cricket in America dates back to 1709-10 when it was played in Virginia. The oldest recorded international match featured America and Canada in New York in 1844, fifteen years before George Parr took his strong team of English professionals to North America.

Rowland Bowen's pamphlet 'North America in International Cricket' provides a comprehensive survey up to 1960. Why not visit the C.Christopher Morris Cricket Library and Collection at Haverford College in Pennsylvania? The Hollywood Cricket Club celebrated its 70th Anniversary last year.

One of your ancestors may have been the only Severn to have played first-class cricket in the British Isles. Arthur Severn (1893-1949) played 13 matches for Derbyshire (1919 and 1920).

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