Ask The Spider #51

How many players have scored a century at Lord’s on their Test debut?

There have been five players who achieved this:- H Graham (Aus v Eng, Jul 17 1893), JH Hampshire (Eng v WI, Jun 26 1969), SC Ganguly (Ind v Eng, Jun 20 1996), AJ Strauss (Eng v NZ, 20 May 2004), MJ Prior (Eng v WI, 17 May 2007).

Which wicketkeeper has most dismissals in Tests with no stumpings?

Australia’s Wayne Phillips played in 27 Tests and took 43 catches with no stumpings – he took a further nine catches while not playing as a designated wicketkeeper.

Who has conceded most runs in an international Twenty20 match?

England’s James Anderson was hit for 64 runs (one wicket) against Australia in Sydney om 9 Jan 2007.

When were wides and no-balls first counted against individual bowlers and noted in their analyses?

This first happened in 1983, for the match between India and Pakistan at Jaipur (2 Oct 1983).

Who has scored most first-class double centuries?

Not surprisingly, this record is held by Don Bradman with 37, although Walter Hammond managed only one fewer.

Who was the first player to score a first-class triple century?

The Grand Old Man, WG Grace, scored 344 for the Gentlemen of MCC vs Kent in 1876, and also scored the second ever triple, with 318* vs Yorkshire one week later. Australia’s Billy Murdoch was next, with 321 for New South Wales vs Victoria in 1882.

What’s the most number of runs conceded by a bowler in a single first-class innings?

When Victoria scored 1107 against New South Wales in 1926 (the highest team total ever), the unfortunate Arthur Mailey was hammered for 362 runs (although he did capture four wickets).

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