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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 123
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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 as the season gets underway.

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

And if you want to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Bill's new book, 'Bearders - My Life in Cricket', click on the link to his Q&A on the right-hand side.

Lionel Rajapakse, Sri Lanka

In the recent England v Sri Lanka Test Lord's, the visitors scored 537-9 in their second innings and managed to draw the match after following on. What is the highest second innings total scored by a Test team in order to draw a match?

The record second innings total to save a Test is actually the highest second innings total in all Tests: 671-4 by New Zealand at Wellington in February 1991.

Curiously on this occasion it was Sri Lanka who were the thwarted side, having gained a first innings lead of 323 and, like England, being left with over 14 hours in which to dismiss their opponents.

The Kiwis' great escape was founded on a world record third-wicket first-class stand of 467 between Andrew Jones (186) and Martin Crowe (299).

Dave Knox, Scotland

With seven Sri Lankan batsmen making 50 or more in the second innings of the First Test, what are the highest number of fifties and centuries scored in a first-class innings?

The record is eight (three hundreds and five fifties) by the 1893 Australians against Oxford and Cambridge Past and Present at Portsmouth.

The tourists' innings of 843, scored in ten hours, was the world first-class record until Yorkshire amassed 887 three years later.

Prior to Sri Lanka's epic second innings at Lord's there had been two previous instances of seven fifties in a Test innings: England (627-9 dec) v Australia at Manchester in 1934 and Pakistan (599-7 dec) v India at Karachi in January/February 2006.

Mark Hinton, UK

Has there ever been a Test where there has been such a disparity between two innings - Sri Lanka's five ducks in the first innings and seven fifties in the second?

No. In the two instances listed in the previous question, no wickets fell in England's second innings at Old Trafford and there were four ducks in the first Pakistan innings at Karachi.

Dave Elliott, Canada

M.P.Fernandes (British Guiana cricket captain) is my grandfather. Do you have any information about him?

Marius 'Maurice' Pacheco Fernandes played in two Test matches, both against England. He toured England in 1923 and 1928, making his debut at Lord's in West Indies' inaugural Test on the latter visit and scoring 0 and 8 at number three.

On England's 1929-30 four-Test tour of the Caribbean, the hosts were led by the home captain in each territory.

Fernandes, then skipper of British Guiana, thus had the honour of leading West Indies to their first Test victory in their sixth match.

He did not enforce the follow-on after gaining a first innings lead of 326, contributed 22 and 19, set England 617 to win and completed a 289-run win less than 15 minutes before time.

In 46 first-class matches (1922-23 to 1931-32) he scored 2087 runs, average 28.20, with four hundreds, took five wickets at 36.60 and held 30 catches.

Your father, Leslie Francis Fernandes, made one appearance for British Guiana in 1960-61, when, opening the batting against E.W.Swanton's XI, he scored 5 and 22.

Rob Herbert, England

Is there any instance of a player being capped for England, not either batting or bowling in a completed Test and not being selected again?

Just one, Rob. The uniquely unfortunate player who did not bat, bowl or dismiss anyone in the field in his only Test was John Crawford William MacBryan.

A Cambridge blue who headed Somerset's batting in six seasons out of eight, he was a neat and elegant batsman with a predominantly back-foot technique who impressed in successive Test trials and was eventually selected for the Old Trafford Test against the 1924 South Africans.

There he fell victim to Manchester's notorious climate; the grand total of 165 minutes of play possible in that match encompassed his entire Test career.

He had the compensation of becoming England's oldest surviving cricketer before dying in 1983 when eight days short of his 91st birthday.

Born in the Wiltshire village of Box, MacBryan captained Exeter School, joined the Army and made his county debut whilst a cadet at Sandhurst.

Wounded in his right arm and captured at Le Cateau, he was imprisoned for virtually the entire First World War but found ample cricket in Holland during its later stages. In 206 first-class matches he scored 10,322 runs at 29.49 with 18 hundreds and held 128 catches.

Nick Laver-Vincent, England

What is the highest number of extras a fielding side has conceded in a Test innings?

The record is 71 (21 byes, 8 leg byes, 4 wides and 38 no-balls) conceded by Pakistan against West Indies at Bourda, Georgetown, in April 1988.

Martin, Wales

As Kevin Pietersen has now hit his 1,000th run, could you tell me who has the fastest 1,000 per innings ratio?

Herbert Sutcliffe of England and Everton Weekes of West Indies share the record for the fewest innings to complete 1,000 runs in Test cricket.

They reached the landmark in just 12 knocks. Pietersen took 23 innings, four more than Andrew Strauss. Don Bradman needed only 22 innings to score 2,000 runs.

Steve, England

Has any batsman in Test or first-class cricket ever been dismissed off consecutive deliveries in a match; i.e. an opener being the last man out in the first innings, following-on and falling to the first ball of the second innings?

It happened at Cardiff Arms Park in June 1946 when Glamorgan followed on against the Indians.

Last man Peter Judge was bowled for a duck by Chandra Sarwate to end the county's first innings.

Invited to follow-on, Glamorgan's extrovert captain, Wilf Wooller, decided to waive the 10-minute interval between innings, instructed the last pair to remain in the middle and open the innings, and reversed the entire batting order.

Sarwate then bowled Judge again, first ball, to ensure that he achieved the fastest pair in the history of first-class cricket.

A fast-medium bowler who played eight matches as an amateur for Middlesex (1933-34), 54 as a professional for Glamorgan (1939-47), and also represented Bengal and the Europeans during the War, Judge took 173 first-class wickets at 27.02 but averaged a modest 7.69 with the bat.

He became licensee of a Fleet Street pub near London's Ludgate Circus - where John Arlott introduced us and told me about his unique record.

Curiously another Glamorgan player, Robert Croft, almost emulated this 'feat' on 11 May 2006 against Leicestershire at Grace Road. Skippering the visitors and batting number nine, he was last out for 27.

He then opened the second innings when Glamorgan followed on and was out second ball.

Neil, USA

India is planning to host limited-overs matches in the USA and other countries. Has a Test match ever been played in a neutral country in the past?

During the 1912 Triangular Tournament, Australia and South Africa played three Test matches in England, at Old Trafford, Lord's and Trent Bridge. Political unrest (i.e. riots and bombings) compelled Pakistan to host Tests against Australia in Colombo and Sharjah (two) in 2002-03.

Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Sharjah, Tangiers and Toronto have already hosted limited-overs internationals as neutral venues in series between two countries.

Darryll Prew, England

Who has played in the most Test matches without captaining their country? Is England's person Fred Trueman?

Australians command the first four places in a world list of players appearing in most international Test matches without being appointed captain.

The record is 139 Tests by Shane Warne. Mark Waugh is second with 128 Tests, followed by Ian Healy (119) and Glenn McGrath (118).

Leading the England non-captains is Graham Thorpe (100 Tests), followed by Alan Knott (95), Godfrey Evans (91), Derek Underwood (86), Ken Barrington (82), Denis Compton (78) and Brian Statham (70).

Fred Trueman comes next, in eighth place for England, with 67 Tests.

Ben, UK

Having watched the increase in the batting prowess of night-watchmen in the modern game, I am interested to know what the highest score by an England night-watchman is in Tests?

It is 99 not out by Alex Tudor against New Zealand at Edgbaston in July 1999. Having batted at number 9 and scored 32 not out in the first innings, he went in at the fall of the first second innings wicket.

Only an inexplicable batting display by Graham Thorpe denied him his maiden first-class century.

Tudor had scored 84 when Thorpe began his innings at 2.11pm on the third day with 34 needed for victory.

Thorpe scored 21 off 21 balls to level the scores with Tudor poised on 95. Craig McMillan bowled a bouncer, Tudor hooked and got a top edge over the keeper's head for a first bounce four.

M.O'Connor, England

My friend has a signed cricket ball from an Australian touring side; he says it was presented by W.G.Grace to a William Henry Penfold who had played for Glamorgan around 1908. Any more info please?

That touring team would have set a world record for tiny signatures - not easy to squeeze 16 autographs on to a cricket ball!

I haven't been able to trace William Henry Penfold. He did not appear in first-class matches - Glamorgan did not gain first-class status until 1921 - and his name is not included in the ACS list of those representing Glamorgan between 1888, when the County Cricket Club was founded, and their admission to the County Championship in 1921.

Many of the scorebooks for 1889-1920 are missing so he could have played in 1908.

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Bill Frindall Q&A
25 May 06 |  Cricket


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