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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 100
Bill Frindall is waiting for your questions
Bill Frindall, aka the Bearded Wonder, is poised to solve your cricket queries and teasers.

To mark our century we asked the Bearded Wonder to select 30 of his favourite questions from more than 1000 which have been featured on this site since May 2001. They are shown in order of appearance, not in any order of merit.

Congratulations to those 30 senders. Thank you for the thousands of questions we have received and for the many generous and kind messages acknowledging our 'ton'.


Paul, Australia (AB No. 9)

Some prose I learnt as a youngster included: 'England 1930 and the seed burst into flower, all of Jackson's grace failed him, Bradman was the power...' Who was "Jackson"? What's his record? And was he truly graceful?

F.S. 'Jacker' Jackson epitomised cricket's Golden Age of the Edwardian era. Tall and impressive, he was a stylish middle-order batsman who combined natural timing with a keen appetite for driving and cutting. He bowled right-arm brisk-medium off-cutters with subtle changes of pace and was an athletic fielder in the covers.

He captained Harrow (where the young Winston Churchill was his fag), Cambridge University and England but not his native Yorkshire. He was an inspired leader who skippered England to a 2-0 Ashes victory in 1905 (his final series). He scored 1,415 runs, avge 48.79 with 5 hundreds, in 20 Tests and took 24 wickets, avge 33.29.

The Rt Hon Sir Francis Stanley Jackson, GCSI, GCIE, fought in the Boer War, was MP for the Howdenshire division of Yorkshire (1915-26), financial secretary to the War Office and chairman of the Unionist Party. He narrowly escaped assassination while serving as Governor of Bengal.


Andrew Bain, UK (AB No. 12)

How many bowlers have bowled six byes? I believe there was an Essex bowler early in the 20th century called Charles Kortwright who did this, are there more?

Good trick question, Andrew! The answer is none, unless they involved overthrows. Many considered Kortright (no W) the fastest bowler ever to appear in county cricket (1894-1907) and he may well have bowled a bouncer that cleared the rope.

However, a ball which pitches and carries the boundary without bouncing or being intercepted by the batsman scores FOUR byes - or, more appropriately as it probably passed the batsman well clear of his reach, four WIDES. Only HITS that clear the boundary can score six.

In 1967 I set a question for the BBC Radio quiz show, Sporting Chance which caused a certain amount of havoc because it had to be taken out of the recording and an alternative substituted: How does an umpire signal six byes? My answer was with three arms. Panel member Don Mosey was very upset with me!


David Radcliffe, Lancashire England (AB No. 12)

Could you remind me how Walter Keeton of Nottinghamshire came to score over 300 runs against Middlesex at the Oval in 1939?

A splendid oddity this. Middlesex had to 'borrow' Surrey's ground because Eton were playing Harrow at Lord's! Keeton scored 312 not out. A prolific opener who made 54 first-class hundreds (including that treble and six doubles), he was unlucky to appear only twice for England.


Steve Wrigley, England (AB No. 14)

You may remember my father and your predecessor Arthur Wrigley. I still have his full library of books, including his Wisdens, which comprise reproductions of the first 15 years (given to me by Robert Hudson after my father died) and originals in a variety of conditions. You won't be surprised that some took a battering since they were very much tools of the job, and he was working before the electronic age.

I have stored this library in boxes for some 35 years and just having moved house feel that it would be a good time to sell them. This is a long preamble to ask if you have any advice on how to sell them?

What a wonderful surprise to hear from you Steve. We met briefly at Didsbury in 1968 when I was playing in a benefit match for Ken Higgs at your old father's old club. Arthur Wrigley, as TMS devotees will know, was the first to score a Test for the BBC Radio commentary team, a role he held virtually uninterrupted from 1934 until the end of the 1965 season when, in the words of Brian Johnston, 'the Great Scorer summoned him.' I applied for the job and began the next summer on a three-match trial and was found not guilty!

All of your father's records and books would be valuable. You need to compile a catalogue of them, noting the condition of the books. You can then approach either an auction house - Christies have conducted several auctions of cricketana in recent years - or canvass the second-hand book dealers, many of whom advertise in the cricket monthlies and annuals.


Mark Peaslee, USA (AB No. 18)

In bowling, when was the first recorded use of an overarm delivery?

Overarm bowling developed from the round-arm method with which Thomas Walker of Hambledon first experimented in the 1780s. By 1835, when a revision of the Laws permitted bowlers to raise their hand level with their shoulder (as opposed to elbow), overarm bowling, though illegal, was frequently employed in matches when the umpires turned a blind eye.

The answer to your question is probably 26 August 1862 at The Oval when Edgar Willsher of Kent became the first to be no-balled for bowling overarm. Playing for England against Surrey he was called six times by John Lillywhite for delivering the ball with his hand above his shoulder. He left the field, his team followed him and play was abandoned for the rest of the day.

When Lillywhite refused to accept the legality of Willsher's action, he was replaced as umpire and the reprieved bowler took 6 for 49.


Peter Dykes, UK (AB No. 35)

A friend told me that cricket was once an Olympic sport - and that France won the gold medal! Is this true?

The first fact is true, the second false on two counts! Cricket has featured only once in an Olympic Games, in 1900, when France played England in a 12-a-side match at the Velodrome de Vincennes in Paris.

England, represented by the Devon County Wanderers, a combination of the old boys of Blundell's School in Tiverton and Castle Cary CC in Somerset, beat All-Paris by 163 runs and received models of the Eiffel Tower (built 1889). Olympic medals were not introduced until 1908.


Dave Johnstone, Netherlands (AB No. 35)

As a young bloke at Melville Cricket Club in Western Australia I had a bowling coach by the name of D.K.Lillee. Everyone knows him as FOT but the exact origin of this nickname is unknown. Any clues?

G.A.R. 'Tony' Lock inadvertedly gave him the nickname 'FOT' when he was captain of WA in one of Lillee's early Sheffield Shield matches.

Unimpressed with Lillee's efforts that day, he admonished his young speedster with: "Lillee! You are bowling like a F***ing Old Tart!"


Gundabala, India (AB No. 41)

I was recently going through some statistics and saw that 75 runs were scored in one over of a first-class match between Canterbury and Wellington during the 1989-90 season. Could you give details regarding that over and who that fateful bowler was?

The Wellington bowler was R.H. (Robert) Vance, a batsman who played four Tests for New Zealand.

At the instruction of his captain, E.B. (Ervin) McSweeney, who was attempting to break the deadlock in the final innings of a Shell Trophy match, he bowled, without any run-up, an over of overarm full-tossed lobs which included 17 deliberate no-balls and cost a world record 77 runs. It did not prevent the match from being drawn.


Eleanor McNab, England (AB No. 43)

I'm trying to find some information about my grandfather, who played for Essex (I think?) in the '30s and '40s. His name was JWA Stephenson. I'd like to know what his first-class record was.

Thank you, Eleanor. It is always exciting to receive questions from the descendants of famous cricketers. Your grandfather, Lt Col John William Arthur Stephenson, DSO, was born in Hong Kong in 1907 and died at Mare Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, in 1982.

Right-handed, he was an aggressive middle-order batsman, a fast-medium seam bowler with a high action, and a superb fielder. He began his first-class career while serving in India, appearing for the Europeans (1928-29 and 1929-30) and Madras (1930-31) before playing 61 matches for Essex (1934-39; joint captain in 1939) and one for Worcestershire in 1947.

His first-class debut in England was for the Army in 1931 and his finale came for the South of England in 1948. He also played minor county cricket for Buckinghamshire (1927-32).

In 103 first-class matches he scored 2582 runs, average 21.33, including two hundreds (HS 135), and took 312 wickets, average 24.10, with five or more in an innings 16 times and 10 in a match twice. His best analysis of 9 for 46 for Gentlemen v Players at Lord's in 1936 almost gained him selection for the following winter's Ashes tour.


Patrick Demaerschalk, Belgium (AB No. 48)

I received from a family member a cricket bat from the early 1900s. On it is a little silver plaque claiming that Fred Wright took 7 for 22 for Belgium against Holland in 1922. Where can I possibly find the scorecard of that match? I am also interested in the career stats of Fred Wright. Can you help?

The only Frederick Wright to appear in first-class matches played five times for Leicestershire in the 1890s. As he celebrated his 67th birthday in June 1922 it is unlikely to have been him, especially as he died in his birthplace of Melton Mowbray seven years later.

Belgian cricket was imposingly launched in 1815 with an Eve of Waterloo match between officers of the Brigade of Guards attended by the Iron Duke himself.

According to Messrs Hargreaves, Labouchere and Provis, joint authors of The Story of Continental Cricket, Belgian cricket peaked too soon because half a century elapsed before a handful of Brits residing in Brussels organised another game.

The Brussels, Antwerp and Beerschot Cricket Clubs made individual pilgrimages north before the first representative Belgium team met Holland in 1905. Unlike the Dutch and Danes, very few native Belgians took to cricket and after 1937 the internationals ceased with the results reading: played 21; Holland 15 wins, Belgium 3, drawn 3.

You may find the 1922 scorecard at the Brussels Lawn Tennis Club which still houses copies of minutes of cricket committee meetings since 1865.

Other sources might be the Belgian Cricket Federation (email paul.lariviere@almo.be) and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Board (website www.kncb.nl; email cricket@kncb.nl).


Sreeram, India (AB No. 49)

In the Madhya Pradesh v Railways Ranji Trophy match in 1999, MP's Manish Majithia had the astonishing figures of 12-9-3-0 and 20-20-0-1. How many consecutive dot balls did he deliver?

Sorry to keep you waiting for such an age, Sreeram, and I am extremely grateful to statistician Rajneesh Gupta for badgering numerous journalists, officials and scorers to discover the answer.

In fact Majithia did not concede a run after the fifth ball of his tenth over. Thus he had a sequence of 16 maiden balls in the first innings plus his 120 dot balls in the second, a total of 136 consecutive balls without conceding a run.

Majithia fell just one ball short of Hugh Tayfield's world record which he set against England at Durban in 1956-57. There South Africa's greatest off-spinner had a scoreless sequence of 119 balls in the first innings, plus 18 in the second - Trevor 'Barnacle' Bailey facing most of the first innings epic.

In third place is 'Bapu' Nadkarni who bowled 131 maiden balls against England (without 'The Boil') at Madras in 1963-64.


Stephen Robinson, Scarborough (AB No. 49)

How many England cricketers have had the letter X in their surname?

Five: Alex COXON, Ted DEXTER, Neville KNOX, Martyn MOXON and Roger PRIDEAUX.


Robin Woolley, England (AB No. 50)

As a relative of Frank Woolley, I was wondering whether you could tell me how many people have beaten his 2000 runs and 100 wickets in a season?

Very good to hear from you Robin. Regrettably I never had the great pleasure of seeing Frank play but I met him at Canterbury when he was in his mid-seventies. Brian Johnston complimented him on his ramrod straight back. 'Haven't been able to bend it for 20 years', he replied.

Only two players have surpassed the 2000 runs/100 wickets double which your ancestor achieved a record four times (1914-21-22-23). Yorkshire's G.H. (George) Hirst uniquely achieved the double 'double' when he scored 2385 runs and took 208 wickets in 1906. J.H. ('Jim' senior) Parks of Sussex scored 3003 runs and took 101 wickets in 1937.


Dave Shepherd, England (AB No. 53)

Am I right in saying that Andy Lloyd is the only person to have opened the batting in Test cricket but not have been dismissed?

A fascinating question, Dave. After checking the batting positions of the 54 players who have batted but not been dismissed in Test cricket I can confirm you are indeed right.

All but five batted in the last four positions of the order, mostly at number 11. Apart from Lloyd (batted at number two), the first Shropshire-born cricketer to represent England in a home Test and whose Test career was ended after 33 minutes when he was struck on the temple of his helmet by a sharply lifting ball from Malcolm Marshall at Edgbaston in June 1984, the exceptions are C W L Parker (England number three in second innings of rain-ruined match), P A Emery (Australia number four night-watchman), S G Law (Australia number six), and H J H Marshall (New Zealand number seven).


Stuart Clifford, UK (AB No. 55)

If a batsman has his bat broken by a ball and the broken piece disturbs the bails, is he out hit wicket?

Yes, he is out according to Law 35 and the detailed notes relating to it in Tom Smith's excellent guidebook (Cricket Umpiring and Scoring).

The batsman would be out hit wicket if part or all of his bat disturbed the wicket, even if he was no longer holding it, 'in the course of any action taken by him in preparing to receive or in receiving a delivery'. He would also be out if his cap fell on the stumps.


Jon, UK (AB No. 57)

Who has bowled the most balls in Test cricket without taking a wicket?

Fascinating question, Jon. I had no idea until I checked through everyone's career bowling records.

The answer is 462 balls by Cheshire-born J.L. (Len) Hopwood whose flat, accurate, left-arm bowling delivered at just under medium pace, failed to take a wicket in two Ashes Tests for England in 1934.

Exactly 400 first-class matches brought Hopwood 673 wickets at 22.45, including two nine-wicket innings analyses for Lancashire.

The only other bowler to remain wicketless after 300 or more balls is George Headley, the outstanding West Indian batsman whose occasional leg-spin was permitted 14 brief spells during his 22 Tests.


Sebastian Abbott, Germany (AB No. 60)

How and when did Holland create a national team?

Either English pupils or one of their masters introduced cricket into Holland circa 1845 at Noorthey boarding school situated between The Hague and Leiden. Twelve years later they formed Holland's first known club but it was not until 1875 that the game gained a foothold as small clubs, founded mostly by schoolboys, sprung up thoughout the Netherlands.

The Dutch Cricket Association was formed in 1883 and remains the world's oldest surviving cricket administrative body. In 1889 they engaged Arthur Bentley as the first professional national coach and two years later Holland played its first representative match - against Rambling Britons.

The following season a Dutch XI toured England for the first time, so becoming the first country outside the British Empire to send its own players to tour England. In 1902 the MCC played in Holland for the first time.


Luke, UK (AB No. 60)

Have England ever fielded a side with players from 11 different counties? This could quite possibly be achieved with a team of Trescothick, Vaughan, Butcher, Hussain, Smith, Flintoff, Read, Giles, Kirtley, Jones and Harmison.

Yes, but only twice. The first instance was in the Third Test against South Africa at Durban in January 1931 (Wyatt, Hammond, Leyland, Hendren, Turnbull, Chapman, White, Allom, Tate, Voce and Duckworth - Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire not being represented).

The second was against West Indies at Trent Bridge in July 1950 (Simpson, Washbrook, Parkhouse, Dewes, Yardley, Insole, Evans, Shackleton, Jenkins, Bedser and Hollies - Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Somerset and Sussex missing out).


Lavanya Mohan, India (AB No. 61)

I once heard that a famous author took a single wicket, that of W.G. Grace, and wrote a poem about it. Who was it? My best guess is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

And a very good guess too, Lavanya. It was indeed the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, who played in ten first-class matches, mainly for the MCC, between 1900 and 1907.

A lower-order right-handed batsman and occasional slow bowler, he scored 231 runs, average 19.25, in 18 innings with a top score of 43. His only first-class wicket came against London County at Crystal Palace on 25 August 1900 when he had WG caught by the wicket-keeper off a skier for 110.

The verse of his poem which celebrates this eccentric dismissal reads:
Out - beyond question or wrangle!
Homeward he lurched to his lunch!
His bat was tucked up at an angle,
His great shoulders curved to a hunch.


Charlie Navarro, England (AB No. 64)

Can you tell me what score Sir Gary Sobers was on when he started his famous over against Malcolm Nash and what his final score was in the match?

ottinghamshire's renowned 1st XI scorer, Gordon Stringfellow, checked the official scorebook for me and confirmed that Gary had scored 40 before that historic over at St Helen's, Swansea, on 31 August 1968, and he declared immediately after hitting his sixth successive six. His unbeaten 76 had taken 35 minutes.

Few would be able to recall the identity of his batting partner. It was J.M. (John) Parkin, a right-handed middle-order batsman who averaged 11.25 with a top score of 53 in 28 first-class matches 1966-68.


Eddy Padden, England (AB No. 67)

Which England cricket captain had a left arm two inches shorter than his right?

That was Len (later Sir Leonard) Hutton who led England in 23 Tests between June 1952 and March 1955 but was never appointed captain of his native Yorkshire.

He shattered his left arm in a wartime gymnasium accident on the final day of an Army physical training commando course. The mat slipped from under him as he attempted a 'fly' spring and he landed on his forearm, fracturing the radius and dislocating the base of the ulna in the wrist.

Recovery took two years and involved the grafting of three inches of bone from his shin. Photos of his grip reveal that after the war he had to hold the bat with his hands much further apart than is normal.


Richard Matthews, Potterne, Wiltshire (AB No. 68)

My grandfather, Thomas Gadd Matthews (1845-1932), played in some of Gloucestershire's earliest matches. Can you tell me if he scored the county's first hundred after it was accorded first-class status?

Your grandfather didn't score Gloucestershire's maiden first-class hundred. That honour went to W.G.Grace in their second match as a first-class county (v Surrey at The Oval in June 1870 when he made his 15th hundred in all first-class matches).

But Thomas Matthews did have the honour not only of registering Gloucestershire's first double-century, 201 v Surrey in August 1871 at Clifton (his birthplace) but also of making the first 200 in an inter-county first-class match. The County Championship was not officially constituted until after the 1889 season.

Curiously, Matthews, a hard-hitting right-hander, scored only another 568 runs in 46 innings spread over nine seasons and ended his 29-match career with an average of just 16.36.

Your great uncle, John Leonard Matthews (1847-1912), also represented Gloucestershire but his only appearance (1872) was almost completely rained off.


Milind Phadnis, Alabama, USA (AB No. 72)

Who was the first wicket-keeper to captain a side in Test cricket?

W.L. (Billy) Murdoch was the first, in February 1882, when he took on both roles for Australia against England at Sydney in the sixth Test match ever played.

England has had only two wicket-keeper captains: R.T. (Ronald) Stanyforth in four Tests (1927-28) and A.J. (Alec) Stewart in 11 Tests (1992-93 to 2000).


Stephen Joyce, UK (AB No. 75)

I have noticed in recent early season friendlies and in some overseas tourist matches that occasionally batsmen have "retired out" upon reaching their century.

This "dismissal" appears to have been counted in the "wickets fallen total". Does being "retired out" really count as a dismissal and therefore affect the batsman's career average? Seems very unfair if so.

Yes, Stephen, it does count as a dismissal in the batsman's career records and as a wicket in his team's total. This is why most batsmen cheat by feigning injury, illness or a lost contact lens and retire hurt so they can have their innings entered as 'not out'.

It is hardly 'unfair' as they are retiring because they want to. I first entered this dismissal in 1951 when I was scoring for Temple Bar 2nd XI against Old Whitgiftians 3rd XI.

Jack Hill, our opening batsman, who two decades later became the Surrey scorer and the first to use my linear sheets at county level, had blazed 70 runs in half an hour. Geoff Soar, the opposition skipper, couldn't persuade any of his players to bowl. This delay lasted five minutes before Jack tucked his bat under his arm and walked off the field. I remember entering his 'dismissal' as 'retired bored!'


Tom, UK (AB No. 75)

S.F. Barnes is often regarded as having the best record of any Test match bowler due to his average of, I believe, around 16. What was the highest score made against him, and are there any notable anomalies to account for his outstanding record?

In 27 Tests, against Australia (20) and South Africa (7) between 1900-01 and 1913-14, Sydney Francis Barnes took 189 wickets at a cost of 16.43 runs apiece and at rate of one every 41.6 balls.

He was regarded by his contemporary players and observers as the greatest of all bowlers, not because of his exceptionally low bowling average but because he could change his mode of attack to suit any type of pitch.

A master of deception and flight, he could turn or swing the ball either way. Tall, with long arms and large strong hands, he could extract bounce and movement from the most placid surface.

In his final series, on South Africa's jute matting pitches, he was virtually unplayable, his wicket tallies in four matches being 5, 5, 8, 9, 3, 5, 7 and 7. He declined to play in the Fifth Test after a disagreement over reimbursement for the cost of his wife's accommodation.

The highest individual score against England in an innings in which Barnes bowled was 166 by Victor Trumper at Sydney in February 1908 (Barnes 27-6-78-1). The highest innings total against his bowling was Australia's 506 at Adelaide a month earlier (Barnes 3-83 off 42 six-ball overs).


Mark Boisseau, United States (AB No. 79)

I lived in Harrogate for two years and learned to thoroughly enjoy the game of cricket, due in no small part to the great team at Test Match Special. Could you tell me if there has ever been an American who played first-class cricket in England? Thanks so much, and keep up the great work on TMS!

First, many thanks from the TMS team for those very kind thoughts, Mark. Between 1884 and 1908 five Philadelphian teams toured Britain, the last three (1897, 1903 and 1908) playing a total of 39 first-class matches (11 wins, 21 defeats, 7 draws).

Their outstanding cricketer was John Barton ('Bart') King (1873-1965). An outstanding right-arm fast-medium bowler with great command of late swing, he headed the first-class bowling averages in 1908 with 87 wickets at 11.01 in just ten matches.

Jonathan Ian Longley, a right-handed batsman who played for Kent (1989-93) and Durham (1994-96) was born at New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1969 but was educated at Tonbridge School and Durham University.

Three England cricketers have died in America (Thomas Armitage at Pullman, Chicago in 1922, Sir Aubrey Smith at Beverly Hills, California in 1948, and George Studd at Pasadena, California in 1945) but none has been born there.


Rupert Barnes, UK (AB No. 87)

How many English Test cricketers died during active service in the Second World War? Ken Farnes is one I can think of, who were the others?

Five England cricketers were killed in World War Two. In alphabetical order, with place, service and year of death in brackets, they were: Kenneth Farnes (Chipping Warden, Northants; RAF; 1941); Geoffrey Legge (Brampford Speke, Devon; RNVR; 1940); George Macaulay (Sullom Voe, Shetland Is; RAF; 1940); Maurice Turnbull (nr Montchamp, France; Army; 1944); and Hedley Verity (Caserta, Italy; Army; 1943).


Steven Ekows, Switzerland (AB No. 91)

I'm studying in Switzerland, has this proud nation ever played cricket? At any level? Are there any Swiss players in the county sides? I'd love it if there were.

Cricket has been played in Geneva at least since 1817, although the Swiss Cricket Association, which boasts 16 associate member clubs and a website (www.swisscricket.ch) was not founded until 1980. I cannot recall any Swiss-born county cricketers - there's a challenge!

While on RAF service with NATO in 1962 I had the privilege of playing at Geneva CC on a matting wicket laid on grass within the running circuit of an athletics ground. Aircent (Allied Air Forces Central Europe) won two low-scoring matches and the scorecard shows me catching their top scorer in the second match, an all-rounder called Buzo who would have given commentator John Arlott great delight.


Tony Martin, Egypt (AB No. 94)

Can you name an unfortunate UAE batsman in recent World Cups, playing a match against South Africa? What was the incident?

Thank you for providing my first question from Egypt, Tony. Sultan Mohammed Zarawani, prince of desert cricket and Dubai-born captain of the United Arab Emirates in the 1996 World Cup, is your unfortunate man.

Having foolishly elected to bat sans helmet against the pace of Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock and Co., he was predictably struck on the head first ball. Dismissed six balls later, he was despatched to hospital where a brain scan revealed nothing.


Mike Thurlow, UK (AB No. 99)

As I understand it, the middle stump was introduced in the late 18th century after 'Lumpy' Stevens bowled clean through the wicket without knocking off the bail. Has there been a recent (3 stump) situation where the ball has passed clean through the stumps without dislodging the bails, and is the batsman out?

It was indeed the bowling of Edward 'Lumpy' Stevens (1735-1819) in a single-wicket match between Five of Hambledon and Five of England at the Artillery Ground in London on 22-23 May 1775 that led to the introduction of a third stump.

On three occasions 'Lumpy' bowled clean through the last Hambledon batsman's two-stump wicket before the visitors completed their narrow win. As the current Laws include intricate measurements for the wicket, it is very unlikely for a ball to pass through and not dislodge a bail. I cannot remember one. Should it happen then the batsman would not be out.

Since I gave that answer Steve Pittard of Somerset has provided the following:
Reference the ball passing through a three-stump wicket without being bowled, a recent occurrence was in the Pakistan v South Africa deciding Test at Faisalabad in 1997-98.

Number 9 batsman Pat Symcox had made 56 on the first day when a Mushtaq Ahmed delivery sailed harmlessly between his middle and off stump. The bail had been badly cut, and stayed in place as the off stump moved.

Playing for Kent versus England at Canterbury in 1841, Alfred Mynn, in his first over, sent a ball clean through opener F.P. Fenner's stumps without affecting the bails.

When Somerset played Yorkshire at Taunton in 1892, L.C.H.Palairet missed a straight ball and, presuming he had been bowled, began to walk. David Hunter, the regular keeper, wasn't playing and J.E.Ellis, his replacement let the ball through for four byes.

Palairet went on to score 146 and share an opening partnership of 346 with H.H.Hewett, Somerset highest partnership for any wicket to this day.




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