Devil Duckys World Cup Essentials
9 February, South Africa v West Indies
Wavell Hinds (West Indies)
Wavell Hinds scratches around for 16 deliveries, waiting for the ball to come within arms reach. Taken by surprise as Shaun Pollock finally switches on his radar , there is the awful snick of willow on pad and umpire Daryl Harper raises the dreaded finger. The first duck of the tournament has been achieved, and it took just 20 minutes.
DD rating - 3 lilypads
Makhaya Ntini (South Africa)
Much credit for this dismissal should go to Lance Klusener. When Klusener lofted Vasbert Drakes (my hero) to Carl Hooper at deep midwicket in the final over with eight to win, the batsman moved nary a muscle in an attempt to cross, thus ensuring that the Protean tail ender should be given his chance of glory. With Nicky Boje haring down the track in a vain attempt to wrest the strike, Klusener set off for the pavilion. Sure enough, Ntini duly obliged, valiantly slamming a full toss to Ramnaresh Sarwan on the boundary for a mere two-ball duck.
DD rating - 4 lilypads
Breadcrumb moment - Pedro Collins.
With Lance Klusener roaring along like the Zulu of old, Chris Gayle was swatted right down the throat of the unfortunate Pedro Tyrone Collins. Gleefully pouching the catch, he decided to take more steps backwards than in the title of the average John Buchan novel, straight on to the boundary rope, thus donating a six to the batsman and an exciting finish to the rest of us. Nice one, Pedro.