Question: With Australia looking to make the highest successful run chase in Tests, I wondered what is the highest fourth inings score in all First-Class cricket?
Spider says: This actually came in a Test match, although not a successful run chase. In the famed "timeless" Test at Durban in 1938-39, England had been set 696 to win, and at the end of the tenth day when the match was declared a draw, England were 654 for five wickets. The highest successful fourth innings total was 513 for nine, by Central Province vs Southern Province at Kandy in 2003-04.
Q: Which batsman has the most triple centuries to his name?
A :This is yet another record held by the great Don Bradman, who scored six First-Class triple centuries. Three players are next in line with four:- Bill Ponsford, Walter Hammond and Graeme Hick.
What is the highest score on debut in First-Class cricket?
AA Muzumdar scored 260 for Bombay vs Haryana at Faridabad
in 1993-94 - it remains his highest score to date. Eleven other batsmen scored a double century on debut, the most noteworthy perhaps being NF Callaway's 207 for NSW vs Queensland in 1914-15
- it would remain Callaway's only First-Class match, as he was killed in action in France in 1917.
Q: Which player appeared in the most matches in his career?
A: Betweem 1898 and 1930 Wilfred Rhodes played in 1110 First-Class matches, appearing for England, MCC, Yorkshire, Europeans (in India) and Patiala.
Q: Who has taken most wickets in his career?
A: The aforementioned Wilfred Rhodes took 4,204 wickets at 16.27, the only player ever to top 4,000 wickets in a career (to go with almost 40,000 runs at 30.81 and 765 catches.
Which batsman has scored most runs in a single day?
Brian Lara scored 390* on his way to the world record 501* for Warwickshire vs Durham at Birmingham in 1994
Q: It's well-known that Don Bradman completed his career with a 95.14 First-Class average, but I was wondering who has the next best average?
A: Vijay Merchant averaged 71.64 over 150 First-Class matches.