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Ask the Spider #77

Who just missed scoring a century on debut?

Arthur Chipperfield (Aus), Robert Christiani (WI) and Asim Kamal (Pak) all scored 99 on debut – Chipperfield and Kamal scored 99 in their first innings.

What was the shortest ever Test match?

In 1998, the West Indies had reduced England to 17 for three before the match was called off due to an unsafe pitch, after several batsmen had been hit, Alec Stewart severely enough to not be able to bat in the second innings.

Which was the first cricketer to be knighted for his services to cricket?

Sir Pelham Francis “Plum” Warner was the first to be knighted for service to cricket, in 1937.

What’s the record for the most successive ODI man of the Match awards?

India’s Sourav Ganguly holds this record, with four consecutive awards.

Don Bradman was only stumped once in his First Class career – who was the wicket keeper?

India’s PK Sen stumped Bradman as the touring Indians took on South Australia in October 1947.

What’s the record for centuries in successive Tests including debut?

India’s Mohammed Azharuddhin scored a century on debut and in the two following Tests also.

Has anyone ever taken 10 wickets in an innings on First Class debut?

Yes – Albert Moss took ten for 28 on debut for Canterbury vs Wellington in 1889. His story is a very interesting one – he only played in four First Class matches and, due to his alcoholism, his wife left him, taking with him the inscribed cricket ball presented to him after his first match. He sought solace in the Salvation Army and it was while working with them, helping alcoholics in South Africa 50 years later, that his ex-wife, having heard of his good works, tracked him down. She returned his prized cricket ball and, eventually, remarried him.

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Ask Spider #77 :

\” Q: What was the shortest ever Test match? A :In 1998, the West Indies had reduced England to 17 for three before the match was called off due to an unsafe pitch, after several batsmen had been hit, Alec Stewart severely enough to not be able to bat in the second innings.\”

Not so. That match lasted 10.1 overs and nearly an hour. The match between the same teams at the Viv Richards ground in February 2009 lasted just 10 balls.

\”Q: Don Bradman was only stumped once in his First Class career – who was the wicket keeper? A: India\’s PK Sen stumped Bradman as the touring Indians took on South Australia in October 1947. \”

Bradman was stumped 11 times in his first class, including twice in the same match by Everard Baker

Comment by Tapioca | 12:00am GMT 1 September 2009

Thanks Tapioca. The Bradman question should have read ‘by an Indian WK’. and I completely forgot about the 2009 10-ball Test!

Comment by Dave Wilson | 12:00am GMT 1 September 2009

I was asked a ques. in a cricket quiz to which i can find no answer.?
What is common b/w Kumar Sangakara,Ricky Ponting,AB De Villiars and Nathan Astle?

Comment by Prashant Kundu | 12:00am GMT 3 September 2009

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