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Ask the Spider: Ask The Spider #19
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Q: How many times has a 50 over ODI first innings been completed for the loss of no wickets?

A :Never. There have only been 4 first-innings ODI scores which have had zero wickets lost - these have lasted 5.5, 0.2, 4.0 and 3.4 overs respectively. Even for just a single wicket falling the longest first-innings was terminated at 23 overs. The fewest wickets that have been lost in a ODI first-innings which has run its full course is two, which has happened on 14 occasions (2 being 40-over games in Pakistan), the most recent being between England and India at The Rose Bowl in 2007. On all bar 2 of these occasions the set target has been sufficient for victory.
Q: Who has scored the most double-centuries in a Test series?

A: Don Bradman (Aus) scored three doubles in the 1930 series in England (254 at Lord's, 334 at Headingley, 232 at The Oval). Two doubles in a series has been achieved on twelve occasions:
Walter Hammond (Eng) v Australia, 1928/29
Donald Bradman (Aus) v South Africa, 1931/32
Walter Hammond (Eng) v New Zealand, 1932/33 (series average 563.00!)
Donald Bradman (Aus) v England, 1936/37
Vinoo Mankad (Ind) v New Zealand, 1955/56
Glenn Turner (NZ) v West Indies, 1971/72
Viv Richards (WI) v England, 1976
Gordon Greenidge (WI) v England, 1984
Graeme Smith (SA) v England, 2003
Ricky Ponting (Aus) v India, 2003/04
Kumar Sangakkara (SL) v Bangladesh, 2007
Q: Which was the longest Test innings ever in terms of time at the crease?

A: Hanif Mohammad took, according to the official scorers, 970 minutes to score 337 in the First Pakistan v West Indies Test in January 1958, at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown (although he claims the time was 999 minutes).
Q: Who is the youngest player to score 2,000 First-Class runs in an English domestic season?

A: Graeme Hick achieved this feat for Worcestershire in 1986, aged only 20. He was duly named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers Of The Year.
Q: Which team has the highest ODI no-result percentage? Where no-result is defined exclusively as games which have been started but not finished, and not those abandoned without a ball bowled.

A: Counting only regular ODI-playing teams, New Zealand just edge India out, and the percentage has to be taken to three significant figures before a definition can be made. New Zealand, with 0.046%, have lost 0.002% more started games to weather than India, who have lost 0.044.
Q: What was Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana's average as Sri Lanka's ODI opening partnership, and what was the biggest stand they shared?

A: In 105 opening stands between the two dashers, they averaged 31.05 per partnership. Their best was 129 against India at R. Premadasa Stadium in 1996.
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