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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 June, 2004, 14:08 GMT 15:08 UK
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Robert Cornell, UK

How many Test cricketers have scored a century in their last innings? And what's the highest farewell score?

'Last innings' can mean either a player's final knock or his most recent in a career that is still current. At the time of writing (29 May) Brian Lara's undefeated 400 is the answer to your second question!

Restricting the list to a batsman's final Test innings, and assuming that Stuart Carlisle will not appear again for Zimbabwe, Hussain is the 21st to bow out with a hundred and the eighth after A.J.L.Hill, M.Leyland, C.Milburn, W.Place, C.A.G.Russell, R.Subba Row and H.Wood to do so for England.

The highest final score is 258 by Seymour Nurse for West Indies v New Zealand at Christchurch in 1968-69.

Tom Chilton, UK

Nasser Hussain was officially 103 not out in his second innings at Lord's yesterday. The radio commentary indicated that his last shot went for four thus making him 106 not out. Can you explain?

Hussain's final stroke in first-class matches, if not all cricket, was a cover-driven boundary when the scores were level. As the batsmen then completed the winning run before the ball had crossed the boundary only the single counted.

Law 21, Note 6 (c) states: 'If a boundary is scored before the batsmen have completed sufficient runs to win the match, then the whole of the boundary allowance shall be credited to the side's total and, in the case of a hit by the bat, to the striker's score'.

Mark, London

How many times have Nasser Hussain and Graham Thorpe been together at the end of a successful run chase, and more interestingly, how many times has Thorpe been there at the end?

Before their match-winning unbroken stand of 139 off 223 balls against New Zealand at Lord's they had seen England home together on only one previous occasion. That was at Karachi in December 2000 when Thorpe (64*) and Hussain, batting at 6 (6*), saw England to a six-wicket victory against Pakistan in Stygian gloom, the legacy of a funereal over rate by the hosts.

In addition to those two instances, Thorpe has been at the crease at the end of six other successful England chases: v South Africa (Oval) 1994, v India (Edgbaston) 1996, v New Zealand (Edgbaston) 1999, v Sri Lanka (SSC, Colombo) 2000-01, v Bangladesh (Dhaka) 2003-04, and v West Indies (Port-of-Spain) 2003-04.

Joel Hockley, UK

After Marcus Trescothick's successful initiation as skipper at Lord's, I wonder whether there are any other captains with a 100% winning record by virtue of them only captaining the side for one or two Tests?

Trescothick is the sixth England captain with a 100% record and there have been another 11 from other countries. The earlier England captains are (matches in brackets): M.P.Bowden (1), Lord Hawke (4), T.C.O'Brien (1), W.W.Read (2) and C.A.Smith (1).

Lord Hawke and 'Ali' Bacher (South Africa) share the record for most matches (4) in this category.

Ahmad Saidullah, Hamilton, Ontario

Can you provide any details of the match New Zealand played against Bermuda on their West Indian tour in the 1970s?

You will find a full scorecard and match report on pages 37-38 of the 1972 Shell Almanack of New Zealand. The tourists beat Bermuda by an innings and 31 runs at Hamilton's National Stadium on 28-30 April 1972 after their openers, Glenn Turner (70) and Terry Jarvis (63) had contributed an opening partnership of 145 to their total of 249 all out.

Left-arm spinner Hedley Howarth then claimed a brace of five-wicket hauls as Bermuda were dismissed for 99 and 119.

Arunkumar, India

Who was the player not to be dismissed by Jim Laker in that famous "Laker Test"?

In the course of collecting his record 19 wickets, Laker dismissed all eleven Australians at least once at Old Trafford in July 1956. In the first innings Jim Burke was caught off Tony Lock and Ray Lindwall was left not out. Ian Johnson was the surviving batsman in the second innings when the Surrey off-spinner took all ten for 53.

Tim Fuery, England

Am I right in thinking Chris Balderstone once played first-class cricket and football on the same day? If so, what were the matches involved?

You are, Tim. He achieved his extraordinary double on 15 September 1975 when he played championship cricket for Leicestershire against Derbyshire at Chesterfield (11.30am to 6.30pm) and soccer for Doncaster Rovers against Brentford at Doncaster (7.30pm to 9.10pm).

Tony Russ, UK

Who was bowling and who was the non-striker when Boycott reached his hundredth hundred at Headingley in 1977?

The bowler, from Headingley's Main (Rugby) Stand End, was Greg Chappell and the non-striker who had to step out of the path of Boycott's straight-driven boundary, his 14th, on the onside of the stumps was Surrey's Graham Roope.

It happened at 5.49pm on the first day (11 August) and took the Yorkshire opener 320 minutes and 235 balls. The ensuing crowd invasion reduced the match by five minutes. Patrick Eagar's excellent photograph of that historic stroke adorns the cover of my 1977 Frindall's Score Book.

Akshaya Bhatt, UK

Bill, I might have an answer to the question posed by Vinod last time out. Bob Woolmer is the first-class cricketer to witness Hanif's 499 and Lara's 501*. According to Wisden 1995, Woolmer's father was working in Karachi and Bob, who was 11 at time, was at the ground when Hanif got 499. He was the coach of Warwickshire when Lara got his 501*.

Thanks, Akshaya. I had only considered players who had already begun their first-class careers when Hanif scored his 499. His brother Mushtaq played in that match and, as he has long resided in Birmingham and is a frequent visitor to Edgbaston, I assumed that he may have seen some of Lara's innings. I hope to ask him when TMS next visits Edgbaston.

Lee White, England

Which umpire holds the record for most international matches officiated, including both Test matches and LOIs?

Only two umpires have officiated in a combined total of 200 or more Test and limited-overs international matches: David Shepherd and Steve Bucknor. They also lead the field in the umpires' separate records for the two codes.

As at 29 May, Shepherd has stood in 231 (81 Tests and 150 LOIs) and Bucknor in 210 (89 Tests and 121 LOIs).

Mahendra, Sri Lanka

Which spin bowlers with 200 or more Test wickets have the best strike rates?

Muttiah Muralitharan, with the record tally of 527 wickets, has the highest striking rate for a slow bowler with a wicket every 58.3 balls. No fewer than 23 fast/fast-medium bowlers in the 200 club have superior strike rates to Murali.

In second place amongst the spinners is Shane Warne (517 wickets, 59.7). They are followed by India's Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (242, 65.9) and Anil Kumble (397, 67.1).

Peter Stevens, England

Peter Bowler scored a century on debut for Leicestershire. For which other county did he achieve this?

The oldest registered player in county cricket who will be 41 on 30 July, Bowler also marked his Derbyshire debut with a hundred to become the first to score hundreds on debut for two counties. He failed to complete the hat trick when he first appeared for his current county, Somerset.

For Leicestershire he began with 100 not out and 62 against Hampshire in 1986 and two years later he marked his start with Derbyshire by scoring 155 not out against Cambridge University.

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