BCQC Cricket Quiz '14
Set & Conducted By: Arnold D'Souza
Sreeram (who also graciously provided a few questions)
John Joseph Sewell (1863-1867), Wilfred Blake (1877-1880), Donald Adams
(1902) are some others in this list. Each was a non-descript First Class
cricketer with no notable achievements save for this particular singular act.
X is another person in this list and considerably more famous than the others
—albeit in a literary field rather than for his cricket. He wrote a poem titled "A
Reminiscence of Cricket" which talks about him achieving this feat.
Id X. What feat?
X = Arthur Conan Doyle
Only FC wicket is WG Grace.
The largest first innings lead that a team has overcome to win a Test match is
normally stated to be 291 by Australia over Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC) in
1992 when a young blond leg-spinner from Australia sprang onto the
international scene taking 3/11 to wrap up the SL tail in the second innings
and give Australia a 16 run victory.
However, this is technically not correct as there is another instance of a team
winning a Test match after conceding a larger lead on first innings.
Which famous match?
Hairgate—England beating Pakistan at the Oval in 2006 after the Pakistani
captain Inzamam-ul-Haq forfeited the match in protest against penalty runs
awarded by umpire Darrell Hair for tampering with the ball.
Pakistan had led by 331runs on the first innings.
Alfred Percy Freeman (Test career 1924-29) played 12 Tests for England as
a leg-spinner but was perhaps better known for his exploits on the County
Circuit. He took 100+ wickets in a season on 17 occasions and 200+ in 8
consecutive seasons (1928-35). His total of 3776 FC wickets puts him second
on the all-time list.
Walter Latter Cornford (Test career 1930) played 4 Tests for England as a
wicket-keeper on their first tour of New Zealand. He had a long FC career
finishing with over a 1000 dismissals including 342 stumpings.
What short name connects them?
Tich Freeman and Tich Conford.
Both were nicknamed "Tich" because of the small size—about 5 feet each.
Contrary to claims by posts that have doing the rounds on Internet forums (especially Pakistani ones) over the past few months, it has
actually occurred once—during England's first innings v. Pakistan, Abu Dhabi 2011/12 (Test no. 2032). What?
Ted Pooley was a part of James Lillywhite's party that toured New
Zealand and Australia in 1876/77. He was the first choice wicket-
keeper and should have, in all likelihood, played in what would later
become known as the first ever Test match at Melbourne in March
1877. However, at the time of the match, Pooley found himself in a
rather strange situation due to something that happened during the
New Zealand part of the tour and was unable to play. As a result the
English keeper was John Selby and Pooley never ended up playing
What happened to Pooley?
He was in jail in Christchurch as a result of fight that happened due to him
umpiring in a match that he was also betting heavily on.
Strangely enough, given the nature of the "feat", it didn't occur at all for the
first 123 years of Test cricket, before finally happening for the first time in the
match England v. WI, Lord's 2000.
It has happened twice more since then—India v. NZ, Hamilton 2002/03 and
finally (possibly most famously) Australia v. South Africa, Cape Town
What are we talking about?
Part of all 4 innings were played on a single day
Ajmal Kasab full name is X Ajmal Y Kasab.
XY is a Pakistani cricketer who, while he may not have managed to garner
the same level of notoriety as Kasab, was in the news for all the wrong
reasons a few years ago. Which cricketer (XY)?
Mohammad Amir (& Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab)
In an FC match between NSW & Queensland at Sydney in 1914/15, X, a
relative unknown, scored fantastic double century (207) for the home team,
managing to easily outscore even the dashing Charlie Macartney (who made
103 himself) during their partnership together.
NSW won the game easily by an innings and 231 runs and while X was
praised heavily by the newspapers, the innings was soon forgotten amidst
However, due to a certain unfortunate incident that happened just over two
years later, X holds a rather peculiar place in cricket history (until now at
Id X or put funda.
Norman Callaway, who made his debut in this match. He died in WW1 and
this remains his only FC innings, thereby giving him the highest FC average
of all time 207.00.
While the Wisden Cricketer of the Year award is generally given to a list of 5
cricketers based primarily on their "influence on the previous English season",
there are have been a couple of years when it was given to just a single
The first such instance was in 1896 when WG Grace was the sole recipient.
Two other instances were people who had already received the honour before
but were being awarded for something special: Plum Warner (1921, for his
last season in FC cricket) and Jack Hobbs (1926, for breaking WG's record
number of 100s).
The remaining solo entry was for 1913. Interestingly enough, this man had
been dead for about 29 years already! Who?
The 1913 Cricketer of the Year went to John Wisden himself.
When Peter Siddle bowled Alviro Petersen on 25th
Nov 2012, in the 2nd
of the Aus v. SA Test at Adelaide 2012/13, alert observers pointed out in
online comments a rather peculiar curiosity—an astrological delight almost.
This led to people searching for whether this had ever happened in Test
cricket before. Incidentally, there was one other instance in Test cricket –
when Bapu Nadkarni dismissed Easton McMorris at Port of Spain, on 4th
What is noteworthy about these two dismissals?
Only two dismissals where bowler and batsman shared a birthday which also
occurred on the day of the birthday.
Peter Siddle (b. 25-11-1984) & Alviro Petersen (b. 25-11-1980) on 25-11-
Bapu Nadkarni (b. 4-4-1933) & Easton Morris (4-4-1935) on 4-4-1962
Who is the only Test cricketer to have represented two countries while being
born in a third?
John Traicos (b. Egypt) played for South Africa (in final series in 1969/70) and
then for Zimbabwe when they received Test status in 1992.
In a County match in June 1922 between Derbyshire and Warwickshire at the
County Ground in Derby, the home team consisted of Billy Bestwick and
Robert Bestwick, while the visitors included in their team the names of Willie
Quaife and Bernard Quaife.
Warwickshire won the match easily by 10 wickets, with Willie Quaife taking
3/29 & scoring 107 in the first innings. For Derbyshire Billy Bestwick took
Of the 4 of them only Willie Quaife played Test cricket (7 matches for Eng
between 1899 & 1902).
During this match something happened (involving this quartet) that is unique
in all of FC cricket. What happened?
They were both father-son pairs. Only instance in FC cricket of a father-son
pair bowling to another father-son pair.
The bowling line up of which particular team was popularly known as "Dibbly,
Dobbly, Wibbly, Wobbly" as was coined by a commentator during one of the
matches—although it is not completely agreed upon as to who was who
among the four.
Please mention the team name and the tournament. Don't specifically need
the names of the bowlers.
New Zealand bowling line up at the 1992 WC consisting of Chris Harris,
Gavin Larsen, Rod Latham and Willie Watson.
The famous Aus v. Eng Test match at the Oval in 1882 which started the
legend of the Ashes saw England collapse to 77 all out while chasing 85 to
lose by 7 runs. The destructor-in-chief was the Australia bowler Fred 'the
Demon' Spofforth who took 7/44 (having already taken 7/46 in the first
It was later claimed that Spofforth was spurred on by anger at an act
committed by WG Grace that had happened earlier in Australia's own 2nd
While most of the Australian team was enraged by what they saw as bad
sportsmanship, one of them allegedly said that he would have done the same
in Grace's place.
What had WG done?
He had run Sammy Jones out when the batsman had stepped out of the
crease to do some "gardening" after completing his run and thinking the ball
He was born in Philadelphia, PA in Oct 1873 and played for the famous
Gentlemen of Philadelphia team until the out-break of WWI. Unlike most of
the others on the team, he was actually an professional born into a middle
class family and not an amateur.
He made his mark mostly on the three tours of England made with the
Philadelphians where he impressed the likes of Pelham Warner, C.B.Fry and
H.V.Horden with his bowling. He also played against touring Australian teams
to the US.
He ended his FC career in 1912 with a bowling average of 15.66 and an
innings best of 10/53. According to most sources, he was the best cricketer to
have been born in the US.
The record for most ODI stumpings currently belongs to Kumar Sangakkara
with 89 (though Dhoni—currently 80—might finish higher) thanks largely to
having kept to the most prolific ODI spinner in history—Muralitharan. (This
can also be judged from the fact that Kaluwitharana (75) is third on the list.)
The man who holds the Test record was also lucky to have kept to two world
class spinners, but strangely enough relied on only one for them for most of
his stumpings. Off the other spinner he has just 1 stumping.
Who is this keeper who holds the Test record for most stumpings?
Bert Oldfield with 52 Test stumpings. He had 28 off Clarrie Grimmett but
strangely enough only 1 stumping off Bill O'Reilly (in the 21 matches that he
kept to him).
This chap (X) died at the age of only 26 but nevertheless managed to become England
Test captain—in his second and final Test in South Africa in 1888/89. The matches in
this series weren't considered Tests at the time, and he would have gone to his grave
without ever knowing that he'd captained England.
After the tour, X and CA Smith (later of Hollywood fame) stayed on his South Africa
where they started a stockbroking partnership. X later traveled north to Rhodesia with
Cecil Rhodes' Pioneer Column and settled there.
X was quite a character and he died soon after, officially of epilepsy although a fall from
his cart, leading him to be trampled under the hooves of his own oxen contributed to his
"He died in Umtali Hospital - a glorified mud hut where his body had to be protected
from marauding lions - prior to being interred - in a coffin made from whisky cases."
Arthur Fagg was born in 1915 and played for both England and Kent.
He scored 58 FC centuries in a 25 year career, but his most notable feat was
possibly his effort in Kent v. Essex at Colchester in the 1938 season. This
achievement is unique in FC cricket.
The feat has never been achieved in Test cricket. A similar equivalent—
though of a lower standard—was achieved in Tests only once by Allan Border
in Aus v. Pak, Lahore 1979/80.
Who or what feat?
Arthur Fagg scored 244 & 202*—the only instances of a player scoring two
double centuries in the same match.
Allan Border is the only player to score two 150+ scores in the same match—
150* & 153.
Toward the end of the 19th
century, cricket officials were becoming concerned that cricket was
becoming too much of a batsman's game (if only they could see now!) and as a result decided
to come up with some new rules for the 1900 season in England.
Some of the accepted changes included: No. of balls per over from 5 to 6, change in rules that
allowed follow-ons & declarations.
Some of the ones that were rejected were: Increased size of stumps, reduced size of bat,
bonus points in County Championship for maiden overs.
One particular change was accepted on a trial basis and used for 5 matches that season.
Unfortunately, the rule was not only rather silly but ended up benefitting the batting team to an
extent. It also favored ground stroke makers over big hitters. One of the consequences of the
rule was that Samuel Wood scored 10 runs off a single ball—the highest in a recognized FC
match. The trial obviously failed and the idea was completely discarded.
What rule? (Funda needed, leeway on specifics)
The (in)famous "Net" experiment. A net 2-3 feet high was set up along the
boundary. Any ball lodged in the net would get 2 plus the number run instead
of the regular 4 runs. Any ball hit over the net would be 3 runs.
As a result fielders had to chase after more balls since the batsmen could
keep running otherwise thus tiring them out. Also big hitters were
disadvantaged as they would get only three.
In the Pakistan v. West Indies match in Group B at the 1975 World Cup, Pakistan batted first
and scored 266.
The West Indians lost early wickets—Sarfraz Nawaz was the destroyer-in-chief—and soon
found themselves at 166/8 and in trouble.
However, they managed to scrape home by 1 wicket thanks to a 61* by keeper Deryk Murray
and a 64 run unbeaten partnership with last man Andy Roberts.
Rather inexplicably, the MoM award went to Sarfraz Nawaz for his 4/44. One of the reasons
for this was that the MoM adjudicator had gone to the bar when it looked like WI had clearly
lost, did not watch the rest of the match and as a result was not even aware that they'd won
when he submitted his choice.
Who was this former English Test cricketer (MoM adjudicator) who was known for his love
for a drink?
This particular event is very common these days—though it used to be much
more so in the past.
The last time this happened in a Test match was on 29 Dec 2008 in Mirpur in
the game between SL and Bangladesh.
The two instances before that were on 30 Dec 2001 between SL and
Zimbabwe at the SSC in Colombo and before that on 28 Mar 1997 in the
famous match between India and WI in Bridgetown (which India lost chasing
120 in the 4th
There were particular reasons for each of these occurrences. What am I
Rest days in Tests. Mirpur was for elections, Colombo for some Buddhist
holiday and Bridgetown for Good Friday.
This Zimbabwean all-rounder retired from international cricket in 2003 to
concentrate on his family's home-ranch business.
He was in the news last year for completely non-cricketing reasons. He woke
up one morning to find that he had spent the night with a 330 lb 8-foot
crocodile lying under his bed.
‘The really disconcerting thing about the whole episode is the fact that I was sitting
on the edge of the bed that morning, bare foot and just centimeters away from the
croc,’ he explained.
Thankfully the incident ended peacefully and forest officials were called to
capture and release the beast.
From what is now considered to be the first Test match between Aus v. Eng at Melbourne in
1876/77, there are a few records that still stand. Excluding the "firsts" that can never be
broken, there's James Southerton's debut at age 49 (also unlikely to be broken) and a couple
of related to Charles Bannerman's 165.
The more popular of these records is that at 67.34% of his side's total of 245, it is still the
highest single contribution in terms of percentage in a completed Test innings.
The innings has also managed to hold onto one more record (related to the way in which his
innings ended) remarkably now more than 135 years later. This record was briefly broken by
Dennis Amiss in the Oval Test of 1974 v. Pakistan on the 4th
day of the match. However, as
things turned out it went back to Bannerman on the 5th
Charles Bannerman was actually 165 retired hurt. He had his middle finger on
the right hand split by a lob from George Ulyett. This is still the highest score
at which any player has remained retired hurt.
Dennis Amiss retired hurt at 178 against Pakistan at the Oval in 1974 and
would have held the record if he hadn't come back to bat for the last wicket
again the next day. He ended up being dismissed for 183.
The following is a summary of the debate that has been running on the
Wikipedia page for "XY" (name & surname).
There is currently no consensus on whether there is a primary topic for "XY". Those who
support having the American political commentator as the primary topic cite
recent traffic statistics. Those who oppose a move argue that these statistics
are heavily skewed due to recentism; the cricket Hall of Famer has roughly the
same long-term, historical importance or significance as that of the political
Basically, the fans of the American media personality claim that the URL should
go to his page with a link at the top for the disambiguation page, while the fans
of the cricketer claim that it should go to the disambiguation page directly.
Give me the name XY?
The more generally accepted record for the lowest FC team score is 12 by
Oxford v. M.C.C. in 1877 and Northamptonshire v. Gloucestershire in 1907.
This is because the First Class status for many matches before the mid 19th
century is debatable.
Other sources claim that the record is actually 6 by a team X v. England in
1810 at Lord's. Only three batsmen scored runs for X. Of those three, two
batsmen didn't even technically fit the criteria for selection for the team but
were picked anyway—J Wells (1) & J Lawrell (4) . The other run was scored
by S Bridger.
Which team was this?
The Chappell brothers—Ian and Greg. Only instances of two batsmen scoring
centuries in each innings of a match.
Arthur Morris (122 & 124*) and Denis Compton (147 & 103*) Aus v. Eng,
Andrew Jones (122 & 100*) and Asanka Gurusinha (119 & 102) NZ v. SL,
Ian Chappell (145 & 121) and Greg Chappell (247* & 133) Aus v. NZ,
On the list for the most common Test dismissals combinations (keeper/fielder
+ bowler), the pair at the top is Rod Marsh + Dennis Lillee with 95.
The top Pakistani pair with 39 dismissals is an unexpected combination that is
more likely to be found on the list for missed dismissals—and in fact
according to statistician Charles Davis, this pair has the most missed chances
amongst all teams since 2001.
Who is the Pakistani pair?
He had the following to say about his actions:
"__________ had [said] something in the press. I think I got a bit
emotional and it came out the way it did. He is a legend of the
Caribbean. I still look up to him. If I see him anywhere I will still call
him out and probably have a drink with him."
Who is saying this about whom? Or put funda.
John Thayer—only FC cricketer to die on the Titanic.
Nezam Hafiz—only FC cricketer to die in 9/11.
Eng v. Aus, Lord's 1975, Day 4 roughly 3.20 in the afternoon. John Arlott on
"Oh, and a __________! We've for a __________ down the wicket now, not very
shapely and it's masculine. And I would think that it's seen the last of its cricket for
the day... He's being embraced by a blond policeman, and this may be his last
public appearance, but what a splendid one."
What is the blanked out word? Need a very specific answer.
This pair of cousins played international cricket for Australia and New Zealand
The Australian—more famous of the two—was a tall fast bowler and the New
Zealander was a batsman with 6 Test centuries and the fastest Kiwi to 1000
Test runs in terms of innings. He had a more famous namesake who also
played Test cricket for NZ.
Name both cricketers.
Bruce Reid (Aus) and John (Fulton) Reid (NZ)—John (Richard) Reid the
former NZ captain being the namesake.
In a Test match against Pakistan in 2004/05 at Perth, Justin Langer scored
191 & 97 and thereby achieved something unique in Test cricket—something
that said as much about Pakistani cricket as it did about Langer. Gordon
Greenidge also did something similar (but in a reverse manner) at
Manchester in 1976.
Another feat along the same lines (but different in a way) has been achieved
on other occasions by Bobby Abel, Len Hutton, Don Bradman, Matthew
Hayden and Inzamam-ul-Haq. While it can possibly be argued either way—
the accomplishments of these four were probably even more impressive than
Langer's (or Greenidge's).
What are we talking about? (i.e. What did Langer do?)
Pakistan were dismissed for 179 & 72 and were thus outscored by Langer in
each of the innings respectively—the only time this has happened.
The others outscored two completed innings of the opponents in their only
innings of the match:
Bobby Abel (120) v. SA (43 & 47), Cape Town 1888/89
Len Hutton (364) v. Aus (201 & 123), The Oval 1938
Don Bradman (185) v. Ind (98 & 58), Brisbane 1947/48
Inzamam-ul-Haq (329) v. NZ (73 & 246), Lahore 2002
Matthew Hayden (119) v. Pak (53 & 59), Sharjah 2002/03
Gordon Greenidge (134 & 101) v. Eng (71 & 126), Manchester 1976 achieved
it in reverse.
The Agatha Christie story "Four and Twenty Blackbirds", is set during the time frame of an
extremely famous match—which Hastings is shown to be following via the newspaper and radio
while Poirot—like a typical Belgian—has zero interest.
England posted a healthy 440 in the first innings and were looking good, but Hastings with due
pessimism considering England had lost the previous Test at Trent Bridge by 228 runs felt
certain that the Don would come good and Australia would triumph. Australia ended the 2nd
at 192/2 with Bill Brown on an unbeaten century. However, rain on the next day (a rest day)
meant that things were going to be very different when play resumed and Australia were
dismissed for 284 and asked to follow-on, a certain bowler taking 7 wickets.
It didn't end there either—Australia were then skittled out for 118 in the 2nd
innings before the
end of the day, the same bowler doing the honors.
At the end of the story, Poirot actually explains how this victory wasn't quite as unexpected
given the conditions etc. and leaves Hastings quite amazed with his knowledge of the sport.
This is the famous Lord's Test of 1934—Hedley Verity's (who took 7/61 &
8/43) match. The only time England won an Ashes Test at Lord's in the 20th
Although there is another more popular theory for the origin of this term, many
years ago in Yorkshire it was often attributed to the English Test batsman and
part-time bowler Maurice (Morris according to his birth certificate) Leyland.
It was a rather innocuous delivery, which if inaccurately pitched was easy to
get away on the leg-side. In his later days, he laughing said about this, that it
was the type of ball that might be good enough to get the __________ out if
no one else.
"Chinaman"—normally attributed to Walter Robins having said to umpire Joe
Hardstaff Sr at Old Trafford in 1933 after being dismissed by Ellis Achong
—"fancy being done by a bloody Chinaman".
Incidentally, while Achong was a left-arm wrist spinner—which is what we
associate the term with today, Leyland was left-arm orthodox and was
referring to merely to a sharply spinning left-arm off-break bowled from
around the stumps.
The following is a parody in Punch magazine of Lord Byron's poem The
Destruction of Sennacherib. It describes a match which the Australian's
managed to win easily against an MCC team (completed in a single day). Fill
in the blanks (same word).
The Australians came down like a wolf on the fold,
The Mary'bone Cracks for a trifle were bowled;
Our _______ before dinner was very soon done,
And _______ after dinner did not get a run.
"Grace" (before & after dinner). This was a match from the 1878 tour—one of
the first Australian sides to travel to England. WG Grace made 4 in the first
innings before lunch (also called "dinner" sometimes) and 0 in the second
innings after the lunch break.
FS (Francis Stanley) Jackson was an English Test cricketer who played 20 Test
He captained England in his final Test series and England won the 5 match
Ashes quite comfortably (2-0). X himself not only won all 5 tosses, but also
topped both the batting (492 runs at 70.28) and bowling (3 wickets at 15.46)
averages for the series, including both sides.
All of this 20 Test matches were played in England—still the record for the
longest career without playing an away Test match.
However he is more famously known in India for an incident that happened in
Bengal in 1932.
He was the Governor of Bengal, and had an assassination attempt by a
college girl revolutionary Bina Das which he managed to survive.
In a Champion County match between Surrey and The Rest in 1955, The
Rest were chasing a target of 164 on the 4th
and final day.
The Rest ultimately managed to win by 2 wickets in fading light, but toward
the end one of their batsmen Doug Insole was clean bowled by a faster ball
by Surrey spinner Tony Lock.
As he walked off, he waggled his famously bushy eyebrows at the square leg
umpire and sarcastically asked, "Was I bowled or run out?"
Why? (Rather, put funda..)
There was rumors about Lock's action being suspect and Insole was trying to
say that he was chucking his faster balls.
The following is a very non-exhaustive list related to ODIs. At last count (few
days ago), this list had 189 entries. While the number of names on this list
tends to increase as time progresses, local fluctuations are quite common.
Some of the more famous names on this list are:
Garry Sobers, Colin Cowdrey, Bill Lawry, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Garth
McKenzie, Dav Whatmore….
What list/what connects these people?
X has never been dealt with except
as a social phenomenon. On the
contrary, we are concerned here,
at the outset, with the relationship
between individual thought and X.
An act like this is prepared within
the _______ __ ___ ______, as is
a great work of art. The man
himself is ignorant of it.
X and the blanks (which are the
name of this 2001 book).
'Suicide' and Silence of the Heart by David Frith
Which bowling related record could alternatively be represented as the
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[Note that the spaces have been put in only to aid reading/counting. Please
Bapu Nadkarni's 21 maidens in a row. Entire spell was 32-27-5-0 v. England
There appear to be have been only flag-bearers at the Olympics who were
also First Class cricketers. The first was an obscure guy Kynaston Studd for
England in 1908.
The second person was the Australian flag-bearer (and team captain) at the
1988 Olympics. He'd previously competed in 3 games ('72, '76 and '84) and
had won a silver medal in the '76 games.
He was also at the time the captain of the reigning World Cup winning side.
He would later go on to gain popularity as a coach.
Greg Chappell wrote a book named The 100th
Summer in 1976/77 to
commemorate the first hundred years of Test cricket.
A Test match was in progress at the time and in order to make the book look
attractive on book stands, Chappell had an idea. He sent 12th man Alan
Hurst to go near the sight screen and take a photo at a particular time.
As it turned out, he ended up using another picture for his book cover in the
What picture was he initially planning to use?
A Wisden Cricketer of the Year article in 1980 ends with the line: "It is mind-
boggling to contemplate the talent of their offspring - when he arrives."
The offspring, according to the Cricket Archive site, reached only till age level
matches. Who are the Indian parents? (The article was not about either of the