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Cricket Rebel

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October 13, 2003

All Today's Yesterdays October 13 down the years

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Not for nothing was the autobiography of John Snow, who was born today, called Cricket Rebel. He was a beautifully rhythmic bowler capable of chilling hostility who would have played many more than 49 Tests were it not for his propensity to rub people up the wrong way. He only went on three England tours -- but played crucial roles in two of them. In West Indies in 1967-68, he took 27 wickets in four Tests and dismissed Garry Sobers first ball for the second consecutive innings in which he had bowled to him. And he took 31 wickets when the Ashes were regained in Australia in 1970-71, a series in which no England bowler gained an lbw decision. In the fourth Test at Sydney, Snow took a Test-best 7 for 40 and in the seventh Test on the same ground, he forced a mini-riot when he thudded a short one onto Terry Jenner's head. But there was another side to the ever-popular Snow -- he had two poetry books published and set up a travel company when he retired.

The birth of the man who invented the googly. Bernard Bosanquet was the original mischievous legspinner, who perfected the googly, (known for many years in Australia as a `bosie') essentially an offbreak bowled by a leggie with no discernible change in action, while fooling around on a billiards table. Legend has it that the first googly he bowled in Australia, in 1903-04, took out Victor Trumper's middle stump, and that opposing captains would sometimes complain that it was an unfair tactic. He played in only seven Tests, but he was an instant success -- among bowlers with 25 wickets or more, only George Lohmann and Mike Procter have higher strike rates than Bosanquet's 38.80 balls per wicket. He died in Surrey in 1936.

Birth of the genial Petrus Stephanus "Fanie" de Villiers, who made the most of every last drop of talent to become a hugely effective swing bowler for South Africa on their return to international cricket. He was 29 when he made his debut, at Melbourne in 1993-94, and he won the next match -- a thriller at Sydney -- with a ten-wicket haul. He also took 10 for 108 against Pakistan in 1994-95 -- and he was a doughty batsman too. In that match at Johannesburg he slashed 66 batting at No. 10, and at Ahmedabad two years later he top-scored with 67 in a low-scoring dogfight. Fanie is remembered by many as the man whose injudicious bouncer prompted Devon Malcolm's "You guys are history" outburst at The Oval in 1994.

Viv Richards brutalised the Sri Lankan attack in a World Cup match at Karachi. He smote 181 from only 125 balls, and his last 81 runs came off 27 deliveries. West Indies made 360 for 4, the highest ODI total at the time, and Sri Lanka didn't even bother trying to get them -- instead they settled for an 191-run defeat with only four wickets down. Asantha de Mel got Richards in the end, but only after he'd disappeared to all parts -- his 1 for 97 is the most expensive ten-over spell in ODI history.

On the same day, England staged the sort of collapse that would become wearingly familiar in one-day cricket. They needed 34 off four overs to beat Pakistan at Rawalpindi with six wickets in hand but lost the plot completely as all six went down for 15 in 16 balls. England had earlier done well to restrict Pakistan to 239 for 7, but their twin demons -- legspin (Abdul Qadir was Man of the Match with 4 for 31), and an inability to keep a cool head (Pringle, Emburey and Foster were all run out as blind panic set in) cost them dear.

Another one-dayer between West Indies and Sri Lanka, and another master-class from an all-time great. At Sharjah Curtly Ambrose returned figures of 10-5-5-1, the second-most economical in one-day history. But he almost ended up on the losing side. West Indies were 115 for 6 chasing 179 before Jimmy Adams saw them home with a cool unbeaten 74.

Pakistan wrapped up a comfortable six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Test at Lahore. Javed Miandad added 25 not out to his first-innings 163 in the first match of what became a remarkable career. Miandad is one of only two batsmen (Herbert Sutcliffe is the other) whose Test average never dropped below 50. His nadir, if it can reasonably be called that, came at Faisalabad in 1982-83, when he made six against Australia and his average dropped to 51.74. He finished with 8832 runs at 52.57.

Other birthdays
1864 Ted Tyler (England)
1956 Anura Ranasinghe (Sri Lanka)
1971 Hitesh Modi (Kenya)

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