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    weird test match

    This is a really weird test match, how come this was a draw with such low scores:1st Test: England v Pakistan at Leeds, Jul 25-30, 1974 | Cricket Scorecard | Cricinfo.com

    and whats with this:

    Close of play
    25 Jul day 1 - Pakistan 1st innings 227/9 (Sarfraz Nawaz 5*, Asif Masood 1*)
    26 Jul day 2 - Pakistan 2nd innings 20/0 (Sadiq Mohammad 8*, Shafiq Ahmed 10*)
    27 Jul day 3 - England 2nd innings 38/2 (JH Edrich 8*, MH Denness 6*)
    28 Jul rest day
    29 Jul day 4 - England 2nd innings 238/6 (KWR Fletcher 67*, CM Old 10*, 107 ov)
    30 Jul day 5 - no play

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    Looks like rain and the rest day ruined the match of an exciting finish on day 5.

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    the last day of the game was rained off silly billy

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    Very much a match of its time though - only about 850 runs scored in 348 overs (the equivalent of four days' play). And the sixties was even worse.

    Nowadays you feel short-changed if you don't get 300 runs in a day.


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    I watched every ball that the appalling BBC coverage of the time allowed and there was nothing weird about it. It probably wouldn't have suited the short attention span of the modern day fan who think every ball should be hit for 6 but it was an intriguing Test Match for the non "crash bang wallop" brigade.

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    Yup, I followed it at the time too and thought it was a cracking game on a traditional Leeds wicket. The only weird aspect was Keith Fletcher actually making some tough runs, which didn't happen too often.

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    All the better after that unexpected mismatch with India in the first series of the summer

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    Now this is an odd match of the type mentioned in the opening post. Going into the last day New Zealand, with all second-innings wickets intact, needed another 260 to beat Test cricket's newest nation. They managed just 117 runs all day; Martin Crowe's scoring rate beggars belief. Being 1-0 up in the series hardly justified the approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    Now this is an odd match of the type mentioned in the opening post. Going into the last day New Zealand, with all second-innings wickets intact, needed another 260 to beat Test cricket's newest nation. They managed just 117 runs all day; Martin Crowe's scoring rate beggars belief. Being 1-0 up in the series hardly justified the approach.
    My God, I'd never seen or heard about that. Unbelievable.

    Was Crowe alright? He batted down in the order in the 1st innings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    My God, I'd never seen or heard about that. Unbelievable.

    Was Crowe alright? He batted down in the order in the 1st innings.
    It says in the Notes for Day 4 "•MD Crowe, after dislocating a finger in the Sri Lanka 1st innings attempting a slip catch, and with a stomach disorder, took a test record 210 minutes to reach double figures".

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    Yes the Wisden report mentions Crowe suffering from food poisoning - perhaps it might have been worth moving Hadlee or Cairns up the order to get the scoring rate going a bit. It's true that NZ were 10-2 but given that Howarth faced 43 balls, it must have taken 12 or 13 overs just to get that many. The tone was set by the openers. In any case the tourists went on to win the series 2-0 so presumably they were happy to ride out the criticism.

    If Crowe took 210 minutes to reach double figures it looks as if he really let loose afterwards - 19* in 217.
    Last edited by stumpski; 13-04-2010 at 11:26 AM.

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    I'll check my copy of The Crowe Style tonight to see if there was any more reason for the low scoring rate in that innings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman View Post
    I'll check my copy of The Crowe Style tonight to see if there was any more reason for the low scoring rate in that innings.
    Perhaps he had some kind of side-bet with Sunny G?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Perhaps he had some kind of side-bet with Sunny G?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman View Post
    I'll check my copy of The Crowe Style tonight to see if there was any more reason for the low scoring rate in that innings.
    Nothing in there, I'm afraid...

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