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    Most ‘farcical’ finish to a cricket match

    These would be the top three in order of date. Which do people think is the most farcical and are there any others just as bad, or worse?

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    England vs Australia, 5th Test 2005.

    England wins the Ashes???? Seriously, wtf? That's a farce.
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    England vs. Pakistan, in Pakistan. Not sure what year it was but Nasser's England batted on into such bad light that no fieldsmen could see the ball. Thought that was a joke, myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    England vs Australia, 5th Test 2005.

    England wins the Ashes???? Seriously, wtf? That's a farce.
    I was gonna go for that. Although I don't think you can look past the Hair Test last year, to be honest.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes View Post
    England vs. Pakistan, in Pakistan. Not sure what year it was but Nasser's England batted on into such bad light that no fieldsmen could see the ball. Thought that was a joke, myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes View Post
    England vs. Pakistan, in Pakistan. Not sure what year it was but Nasser's England batted on into such bad light that no fieldsmen could see the ball. Thought that was a joke, myself.
    Nasser's finest hour tbh

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    The best farce was surely the 1992 World Cup Semi-Final between England and South Africa when poetic justice left South Africa needing 22 off 1 ball after a rain break.
    (Poetic justice because they'd deliberately wasted time to ensure England didn't get their full overs and didn't set the huge total that they might have, in those days the innings just finished at the allotted time and South Africa deliberately only bowled 45 overs by slowing it down towards the end and denying England their natural end of innings accelleration.)

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    Surprised this one hasn't been mentioed yet - the 1981 Australia-NZ ODI when Trevor Chappell bowled the last ball underarm.(on his brother's orders of course)? Or on a similar vein, the 1979 B&H cup match when Somerset declared after 1 over?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Nasser's finest hour tbh
    AWTA, would've been a farce though if it wasn't for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy View Post
    Surprised this one hasn't been mentioed yet - the 1981 Australia-NZ ODI when Trevor Chappell bowled the last ball underarm.(on his brother's orders of course)? Or on a similar vein, the 1979 B&H cup match when Somerset declared after 1 over?
    Why did Somerset declare after one over? Scorecard/details?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sideshowtim View Post
    Why did Somerset declare after one over? Scorecard/details?
    http://content-www.cricinfo.com/colu...ry/142288.html

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    Thanks. Very interesting read!

    "The TCCB responded by calling an emergency meeting of its disciplinary committee. Eight days after the match, that committee voted to expel Somerset from the competition by 17 votes to one. Even Somerset supported the motion, with Derbyshire, for reasons known only to themselves, the sole opposition to it."

    Lol @ Somerset supporting their expulsion from the comp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes View Post
    England vs. Pakistan, in Pakistan. Not sure what year it was but Nasser's England batted on into such bad light that no fieldsmen could see the ball. Thought that was a joke, myself.
    Basically the Pakistanis were timewasting to a ridiculous extent, so the umpires responded by telling England that they were going to give them every chance to stay out there. Fair enough IMO, as without the Pakistan timewasting it would have been finshed in good light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    What's not terribly well-known is that there had been another Test where exactly the same thing happened 9 years previously in the 4th Test, 1930, West Indies v England.

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