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Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 07:05 PM
The Very First Test Innings: Bannerman’s Miracle.


by Charles Davis

The match now recognised as the inaugural Test match began at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday 15<sup>th</sup> March 1877. Won by the Australians by 45 runs, it has been a match of great interest to cricket historians ever since. This article will focus on one aspect of the match, the incredible 165 by Charles Bannerman, which set some significant batting records that stand to this day. The aim has been to reconstruct an over-by-over structure for the innings. Unfortunately, no scorebook of the match is known to survive; the analysis that follows was possible thanks to the highly detailed style of reporting which can be found in Australian accounts of the time. In particular, the Melbourne newspapers The Daily Telegraph (which ceased publication in the 1880s), The Age, and The Argus provide abundant detail. The sources are not in harmony in every respect, and are not free from error; the analysis should be regarded as a distillation of the sources, aiming to produce the most coherent sequence of events possible.
The status of what was called the “Combination Cricket Match” was less certain then than it is now. It was not by any means a fully representative Test match in the modern sense, although the professional bowling attack arrayed against Bannerman was top notch. The match was clearly regarded, in the Australian reports, as a match of great importance. On the other hand, it was not mentioned at all in Wisden, and some Australian players declined to take part for rather trivial reasons. Fred Spofforth from New South Wales, for example, refused to play because his favourite wicketkeeper, Bill Murdoch, was not selected. Jack Blackham, the Victorian selected, was actually a superior keeper, and Spofforth’s attitude may be taken as evidence of the inter-colonial rivalries of the day.
The match had been arranged at short notice, and the scheduling seems to be ad hoc. Play commenced at 1:05pm on the first day. Comment was made that this was an exceptionally late start time. It may be that the Englishmen, who had been delayed, and indisposed, by an exceptionally difficult crossing from New Zealand, were not enthusiastic about a full day’s play. The Englishmen, nevertheless, were able to bowl over 140 balls per hour on the first day, well over 50% faster than the modern standard.
Betting on the match had the Englishmen at odds of 3-1 on at the outset. The odds offered changed sharply in the Australians’ favour as the innings progressed.
Alfred Shaw, bowling round-arm, bowled the first four-ball over from the “stand” or eastern end, bowling into the wind. The pitch in those days had a different alignment to the (roughly) north/south pitch seen today, which was set up in the early 1880s. There were no sight screens (another 1880s innovation). The lateness of the match in the season, only a week befor equinox, combined with the lack of sightscreens, must have made sighting the ball very difficult at the eastern end late in the day, and probably accounts for the early finishing time of 5:00 pm.
Allen Hill was the other bowler. Charles Bannerman, facing, opened the batting with Nat Thomson. There were perhaps 1,500 people present at the outset.
The initial field setting was: Shaw, bowler; John Selby, wicketkeeper; Thomas Emmett, point; James Southerton, slip; Allen Hill, “forward cover”; James Lillywhite jnr, mid-off; Andrew Greenwood, long-off; George Ulyett, long-on; Henry Charlwood, square leg; Thomas Armitage, mid-wicket; Henry Jupp, short leg. The contrast with modern new-ball field settings is evident (see figure (http://www.sportstats.com.au/bannermanfigure.html) ), with heavy protection against the drive. There was reason for this: Bannerman was known to heavily favour the drive, and he would score relatively few runs behind the wicket. The reports state that numerous hard drives by Bannerman were stopped at mid-on.

MORE.......... (http://www.sportstats.com.au/bannerman165.html)

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 07:07 PM
Australia v England, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 1876-77

England square the series

Martin Williamson (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/59840.html#)

Two weeks and three up-country matches after the first Test, the sides returned to the MCG for a game played for the benefit of the tourists.
Australia were the pre-match favourites after their win in the earlier game and the return of Fred Spofforth which greatly boosted their bowling attack. Billy Murdoch, whose absence as wicketkeeper in the first match led to Spofforth's withdrawal, played as a batsman, although he took over the gloves on the last day of the game when Jack Blackham had sunstroke.
Australia batted but found Allen Hill, who took the first four wickets, too much for them, and from 96 for 4 they slid to 122 all out. England's start was hardly better, but from 4 for 2 they were indebted to their Yorkshire contingent for boosting them to 261. George Ulyett made 52, Greenwood and Hill 49, and Tom Emmett 48, with Yorkshire's batsmen making 86% of England's runs in the game.
Nat Thompson and Dave Gregory put on 88 for the first wicket when Australia batted again, but again the innings rather lost its way and they were dismissed for 259, leaving England a modest target of 120. James Southerton and James Lillywhite shared eight wickets.
It seemed as if history was about to repeat itself as England lost early wickets to find themselves at 9 for 3, but again Ulyett dug deep, and despite another mini collapse to leave them 76 for 5, by the time he was eventually dismissed for 63, the game was almost won.
As was often the case at the time, there were accusations that the outcome had been fixed, the suggestions coming from the large number of gamblers who had lost money on the first Test.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/59840.html

SCORECARD

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62397.html

Balls per over 4

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 07:17 PM
3rd Test Notes:



FR Spofforth achieved the first Test match hat-trick when he dismissed Royle, Mackinnon and Emmett in the first innings.
Australia won by 10 wickets.

Scorecard
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62398.html

Almanack Report
http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153437.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 07:27 PM
4th Test Notes:

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(courtesy of ESPNcricinfo)



WG Grace, who scored England's first Test century, and his brothers EM and GF provided the first instance of three brothers playing the the same Test.
Played at The Oval for first time
First match where follow-on occurred

England v Australia 1880

....He must therefore rest content to put on record the following facts anent the match: - That in the history of the game no contest has created such world-wide interest; that the attendances on the first and second days were the largest ever seen at a cricket match; that 20,814 persons passed through the turnstiles on Monday, 19,863 on the Tuesday, and 3,751 on the Wednesday; that fine weather favoured the match from start to finish; that the wickets were faultless; that Mr Murdoch's magnificent innings of 153 not out was made without a chance, and contained one 5, eighteen 4s, three 3s, thirteen 2s and 41 singles; that Mr W.G.Grace's equally grand innings was made with only one hard chance, and comprised twleve 4s, ten 3s, fourteen 2s, and 46 singles; that superb batting was also shown by Mr Lucas, Lord Harris, Mr McDonnell, and Mr Steel; that the fielding and wicket-keeping on both sides was splendid; that a marvellous change in the aspect of the game was effected on the last day; that universal regret was felt at the unavoidable absence of Mr Spofforth; and that England won the match by 5 wickets.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153438.html

Scorecard

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62399.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 07:32 PM
5th Test Match Notes:



WE Midwinter made his debut for England having played for Australia in the first two Test matches.
Match drawn (by agreement), first of so of timeless matches..

Scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62400.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 07:37 PM
6th Test Match

England in Australia Test Series[/url] - 2nd Test Australia v England

Australia won by 5 wickets


Test no. 6 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1881/82 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1880S/1881-82/)
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/56544.html)
17,18,20,21 February 1882 (timeless match)


Scorecard:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62401.html

Almanack Report:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153443.html

Awards:

.....During the progress of the game Murdoch was presented with a splendid gold watch, and gold Maltese cross, in recognition of his great innings of 321 for New South Wales against Victoria. Barlow and Ulyett afterwards received each a Maltese cross set with diamonds for their fine batting against the combined team, and Blackham was presented with a service of plate for his fielding.

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 07:43 PM
Biroti...hapaye gesi....it's impossible to post 2000 posts....

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7th Test:



Bannerman-McDonnel puts up a good stand to ensure 6 wicket victory for Australia.

Scorecard:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62402.html

More on Bannerman:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/inline/content/image/4088.html?alt=player

....... It was said that the Sydney public had become tired of his super-caution when Lord Sheffield's eleven were out in Australia in 1891-92, and were inclined to barrack him, but that everyone spoke of him as Good old Alec, when he took seven hours and a half to score 91 in the match that gave the Australians the rubber against the Englishmen. In that innings of 91 -- spread over three days -- he scored from only five of the 204 balls bowled to him by Attewell. Still, though such a slow run-getter, he made many big scores, and as a partner to great hitters like Percy McDonnell, Bonnor and JJ Lyons he was invaluable......http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/4089.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 08:30 PM
8th Test:
Scorecard:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62403.html

Report
http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153445.html

Match notes

This was the last drawn Test in Australia until 1946-47. G Ulyett's 149 was the first Test hundred for England in Australia and it was the highest score for England on the first day of a Test in Australia until RW Barber scored 185 in 1965-66.


More on Ulyett

http://www.espncricinfo.com/inline/content/image/385822.html?alt=1

An anecdote:

It was on that eventful Tuesday afternoon that Ulyett caught and bowled Bonnor in a way that no one who was present will ever forget. Bonnor's mission was to knock the fast bowler off, and he did his best. He drove a half-volley with all his force, but the ball - travelling faster than an express train - went into Ulyett's right hand instead of to the boundary. Bonnor wandered disconsolately back to the Pavilion, and the England players gathered round Ulyett, curious, perhaps, to know what manner of man he was, and anxious to congratulate him on his escape from imminent danger. One can remember, even now, the look of wonder on the faces of A. G. Steel and Alfred Lyttelton. Ulyett himself was very modest about the matter. Complimented on the catch, when the day's play was over, he said simply that if the ball had hit his fingers instead of going into his hand he should have played no more cricket that season.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/22146.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 08:36 PM
9th Test:

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Then the game was slow for a time, and 12 successive maiden overs were bowled, both batsmen playing carefully and coollyFull article:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/152999.html



In this 3-day match Australia beat England by 7 runs.

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 08:43 PM
10th Test:

"A large number of catches were missed in this match, and the Englishmen were by far the greatest sinners in this respect...."

More.. (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153433.html)

Scorecard:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62405.html

Introducing Demon:

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Tall, spindly, and a player who consistently tested the wits of opposing batsmen, Fred "The Demon" Spofforth was Australia's first true fast bowler. His first-class career spanned the 23-year period between 1874 and 1897 and, throughout that time, his accuracy, his lionhearted endeavour and the phenomenal rapidity of his wicket taking made him a revered figure. Although he possessed a relatively unremarkable run-up and action (the most notable feature of which was a high leap just before he released the ball) and was never regarded as a tearaway fast bowler, Spofforth was an inspiration both for his peers and succeeding generations of pacemen. From the time of his debut for New South Wales, he was a larger than life character in the sport - the quality of his performances matched in kind by his ability to enhance the growing popularity of cricket in Australia.
Notwithstanding the relative superiority of bowlers over batsmen during his era, Spofforth's raw figures were outstanding; he claimed 94 Test wickets in 18 matches at an average of less than 20 runs apiece. He was also the first bowler to clinch a Test hat-trick; he claimed ten wickets in a match on four of those 18 occasions, and his analysis of 14/90 against England at The Oval in 1882 still stands as the second best performance in a match by an Australian bowler in the entire history of Test cricket. It remains salutary to note that, if it had not been for the growing business interests which ultimately took him to England (and ensured that he exited Test cricket in 1886 when he was at close to the peak of his powers), he may well have been able to enjoy even greater success.
Spofforth's stamina also set him apart from other players of his era. He reputedly spent considerable time at his brother-in-law's rural property before embarking on at least two of his five tours of England specifically in order to improve upon his fitness, and it was also common for him throughout his career to bowl considerably more overs than his teammates. He left another enduring legacy for other fast bowlers to follow in that he was one of the first Test cricketers to exhibit the trait of refusing to take a backward step in his approach to the game either on or off the field. He refused, for instance, to play in Australia's first ever Test team because New South Wales wicketkeeper Billy Murdoch was overlooked at the selection table, and it was only when Murdoch was chosen for the following match that he made his own debut at international level.
To celebrate his outstanding overall record in the sport, Spofforth was honoured with induction into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame when that institution's original ten members were named in late 1996.
John Polack

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/7663.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 08:54 PM
11th Test:

Scorecard:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62406.html

<table class="notesTable"><tbody><tr class="notesHead"><td>Match notes</td> </tr> <tr class="notesRow"> <td>

W Bates achieved the first Test hat-trick by an England bowler when he dismissed McDonnell, Giffen and Bonnor in the first innings. He went on to become the first player to score a fifty and take ten or more wickets in the same Test match.



This was the first victory by an innings margin in a Test match.


</td> </tr> </tbody></table>Then at 78 Bates accomplished the 'hat-trick', dismissing McDonnell, Giffen, and Bonnor with successive balls. Blackham was bowled at 85, and Garrett shared the same fate at 104. With an addition of ten runs a yorker got rid of Palmer, and without any increase in the total Spofforth was bowled and the innings terminated at 5.15 for 114, Murdoch carrying his bat for 19, the result of a two and a half hour stay at th wickets

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153439.html

Bates:

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The tragic Willie Bates, whose luminous career was cut short by a freak injury in Australia in 1887-88. Bates was bowling his offspinners in the nets when a straight-drive hit him in the face, damaging his eyesight so badly that he never played first-class cricket again. After that, he became depressed and attempted suicide. Bates took 50 wickets in 15 Tests (all of which he played in Australia) at a startling average of 16.42. His finest hour came at Melbourne in 1882-83, when he took 7 for 28 (including the first Test hat-trick by an Englishman) and 7 for 74 as England hammered Australia by an innings. As a batsman he made ten first-class hundreds, and was good enough to open for England. He died in Yorkshire in 1900, aged only 45.
Wisden Cricinfo staff
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/9037.html

At Melbourne, in January, 1883, playing for the Hon. Ivo Bligh"s team against the great Australian eleven of 1882, he performed the hat-trick, getting rid of Percy McDonnell, George Giffen, and Bonnor with successive balls. The way in which Bonnor"s wicket was obtained is amusingly described in the Badminton Book. All the Englishmen were desperately anxious that Bates should get his third wicket, and a council of war resulted in a very neat little plan being devised. It was said that Bonnor was sure to play slowly forward at the first ball he received, whatever its length, and on Bates promising to bowl a short-pitched ball on the leg-stump, Walter Read volunteered to stand short mid-on, and gradually creep in towards the batsman. Everything came off as had been anticipated, and Bonnor, having played the ball into Read"s hands, left the wicket lost in amazement that anyone should have ventured to get so near to his bat.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/155753.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 08:56 PM
Now for the Icing on the Cake:

Kapali joins an eclectic club

Andrew Miller (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/125227.html#)
August 29, 2003
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It has been several months since Alok Kapali last hit the headlines for his bowling. These days, it is his combative middle-order batting that occasionally catches the eye, but back in July 2002, when he made his Test debut as an 18-year-old, his legspin was perceived to be his strongest suit. Sure enough he picked up two (albeit expensive) wickets in his first outing against Sri Lanka.
But, in keeping with Bangladesh's struggles, Kapali's next scalp did not arrive for about a year - when Australia's Justin Langer played all round a straight one at Darwin last month. Now, however, Kapali has doubled his tally and halved his average (from a Mike Athertonesque 209.33 to an Ian Salisburyish 104.67), all in the space of three deliveries.
Kapali, who turns 20 on New Year's Day, is the 31st cricketer to take a Test hat-trick, and, hardly surprisingly, the first from Bangladesh. His efforts may yet contribute to an historic maiden Test victory, but judging by their late collapse on the third day at Peshawar, he will have to impress with the bat as well. Still, he completed a memorable day by reaching the close unbeaten on 4, to give Bangladesh a vital 118-run lead with six wickets remaining.
Bangladesh may not be too hot when it comes to team performances, but every once in a while they chalk up an unlikely individual achievement. Against India at Dhaka in November 2000, Aminul Islam became only the third batsman (after Australia's Charles Bannerman and Zimbabwe's Dave Houghton) to score a century in his country's inaugural Test. And a year later, in Colombo, Mohammad Ashraful became the youngest player to score a century on his Test debut, at 17 years and 63 days old.
In becoming his country's first hat-trick bowler, Kapali has been propelled into an eclectic nine-man club, occupied by three alltime greats, two extremely-goods, and a handful of extras. The club's inaugural member was Australia's demon fast bowler, Fred Spofforth, who ripped through England's batting at Melbourne in January 1879 with match figures of 13 for 110.
Four years later, England replied through Willie Bates, a maverick Yorkshire allrounder who played all 15 of his Tests in Australia. On his day he was irresistible, and at Melbourne in January 1883, his slow roundarm spin collected 14 wickets in the match, including 7 for 28 in 26.2 overs in the first innings.
England and Australia shared all 12 of the first hat-tricks in Test history, and it wasn't until March 1959 that any other nation got a look-in. Appropriately, it was one of the greats who broke the stranglehold. Wes Hall had already marked his arrival as a Test cricketer with 41 wickets on his maiden tour for West Indies, an arduous trek across India and Pakistan in 1958-59. And in the eighth and final Test of that trip, he took his tally to 46 with a hat-trick against Pakistan at Lahore.
South Africa were the next team to accomplish the feat, and against England at Lord's to boot. But it was a bitter-sweet occasion for the bowler, Geoff Griffin. An accident at school had left him with a permanently kinked elbow, and he was no-balled no fewer than 11 times for throwing. It was his second and last Test, and he retired a fortnight after his 21st birthday.
Only three men to date have achieved the feat on their Test debuts. The first was England's Maurice Allom, in January 1930. The second was New Zealand's offspinner Peter Petherick, who dismissed the Pakistan trio of Javed Miandad, Wasim Raja and Intikhab Alam at Lahore in October 1976. It merely delayed the inevitable, however, as Pakistan eventually won the match by six wickets. The third was Australia's Damien Fleming, at Rawalpindi in 1994-95, whose victims included Salim Malik for a modest 237.
Next to join the club were Pakistan. Wasim Akram had already picked up two one-day hat-tricks in quick succession in 1989-90. Now, nine years later, he repeated the feat in Test cricket as well. His first batch came against Sri Lanka, once again at Lahore, in the third match of the Asian Test Championship. One Test later, and in the final no less, he repeated the dose to send Sri Lanka crashing to an innings defeat.
In the recent World Cup, Chaminda Vaas took a spectacular hat-trick from his first three balls against Bangladesh. But he was merely following the example of his team-mate Nuwan Zoysa, whose opening over in the Test against Zimbabwe at Harare in 1999-2000 was equally astonishing. Trevor Gripper was not the most illustrious of first victims, but his next two, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson, are among the best to have played for Zimbabwe. At 0 for 3, it was a long way back for Zimbabwe, and unsurprisingly, they fell to a seven-wicket defeat.
The last, but most certainly not least of the countries to get off the mark was India - in the guise of Harbhajan Singh, in arguably the most astonishing victory in the history of Test cricket. India had been walloped by Australia in the opening Test of their 2000-01 home series, and when they were forced to follow on at Kolkata, the series looked dead in the water. But Harbhajan's first-innings hat-trick, including the prime wickets of Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, provided the first inkling that this was a miracle in the making. Sure enough, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid put together their thrilling 376-run partnership, and Harbhajan sealed the victory with match figures of 13 for 196.
As India proved then, miracles do happen. Alok Kapali will be praying for something similar tomorrow.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/125227.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 09:04 PM
12th Test:

After this match, the last of the rubber originally scheduled, some Australian ladies burned a bail, sealed the ashes in an urn and presented it to the victorious captain of the English team. The urn, together with its embroidered velvet bag, is housed in the Memorial Gallery at Lord's.http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62407.html

She gave it to: Hon.Ivo Bligh...

More on him

At 6'3"....

Ivo Bligh, who in 1900 became the 8th Earl of Darnley, was an extremely talented sportsman who won Blues at racquets and tennis as well as cricket. An excellent fielder and attacking batsman, his first-class career was short as he suffered from poor health from an early age.....http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/9127.html

The most interesting episode of his short career was his visit to Australia in 1882-3 as captain of a team in an endeavour to regain for England the laurels lost in the historic Test at the Oval the previous summer. The Australians, under W. L. Murdoch's captaincy, had then, it will be remembered, won, after a thrilling finish, by seven runs--a result which led to the term The Ashes being coined. The said Ashes were supposed to have been taken to Australia, and hopes ran high that Mr. Bligh's team would recover them. As it happened, Mr. Bligh was successful in his quest, for, meeting Murdoch's men in three matches the Englishmen, after losing the first by nine wickets, won the second by an innings and 27 runs and the third by 69 runs. It is true that in a fourth game later in the tour, Australia--not solely Murdoch's men--were successful by four wickets: still, the rubber having been gained against the side which had defeated us at the Oval, honours were considered to have been won by the Englishmen. Mr. Bligh's interest in cricket remained as great as ever after he had dropped out of first-class matches, and he was President of the M.C.C. in 1900 and of the Kent County C.C. in 1892 and 1902. Apart from cricket, he had whilst at Eton distinguished himself greatly at rackets, having been champion in the singles in 1876 and one of the champions in the doubles in both that year and the next; while he represented Cambridge at tennis in the singles in 1879 and 1880, and in the doubles in 1878 and two following years. Later on he played a fair amount of golf, but his great love was always cricket--the game with which his family had been associated for nearly 150 years. Lord Darnley was one of the most genial and kind-hearted of men. Only a short time before he passed away he penned some interesting reminiscences of Mr. F. R. Spofforth for publication in Wisden. http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/155633.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 10:00 PM
13th Test:


Having completed the three-match rubber against WL Murdoch's 1882 touring team. England played a fourth match against a combined side. For this match the captains decided to experiment by using a separate pitch for each of the four inning

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62408.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 11:48 PM
14th Test:

Grace exhibited great skill and judgement in scoring his 31, and O'Brien made runs at a tijme they were badly wanted. Grace was one hour and a quarter scoring his 31, and Lucas was at the wickets two hours for his 24.http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153430.html

Scorecard:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62409.html

Zeeshan
August 25, 2011, 11:51 PM
15th Test



Murdoch fielded as a substitute for the opposition and claimed the first sub catch in Test cricket
JM Blackham retired hurt at 94/6
Ulyett took 7 in second innings for England

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62410.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 12:00 AM
The Ashes - 3rd Test
England v Australia
Match drawn
The Oval
11 Aug 1884

16th Test

The Ashes - 3rd Test
England v Australia
Match drawn
1884 season
Played at Kennington Oval, London
11,12,13 August 1884 (3-day match)



WL Murdoch scored the first double-century in Test cricket. His stand with Scott of 207 was a Test record for any wicket.
WW Read reached his hundred in 113 minutes with 36 scoring strokes.
For the first time in Test cricket all eleven players bowled during Australia's innings, Grace keeping wicket while Lyttelton took four wickets with lobs.
Declarations were not permitted until 1889.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62411.html

More on Murdoch:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/inline/content/image/6668.html?alt=player

Born on my birthdate....Murdoch was:

... To be seen at his best, he needed sunshine and a lively pitch. Then he could be great indeed, as those who remember his famous 153 not out at The Oval in 1880 in the first Test match in this country, and his 211 on the same ground in 1884 will not need to be told.Few batsmen have been better worth looking at, his style leaving no loophole for criticism. He was essentially an off-side player, his cut and drive being equally fine. Nothing in his play was more skilful than the quickness of foot by which in getting forward at the ball he made up for a limited reach. It could not be urged against him that he was a slow scorer, but if the occasion demanded caution he had inexhaustible patience. In a word, he was in the domain of orthodox batting a complete master. His method served him well, his perfectly straight bat enabling him even at the end of his career to defy lack of condition and get hundreds. So recently as 1904 he scored 140 in the Gentlemen and Players' match at The Oval.
In his early days in Australia, Murdoch was a first-rate wicketkeeper and it was chiefly as a wicketkeeper that he secured his place in the Australian team of 1878. He kept wicket in the memorable match against MCC at Lord's -- the match that once for all established the fame of Australian cricket -- but he soon found that he could not hold his own with Blackham, and thenceforward batting became his exclusive study. ....http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/6669.html

By the early 1890s throwing was disturbingly pervasive in English cricket and being assimilated by impressionable colonials. Erstwhile Australian skipper Billy Murdoch heaved an exasperated sigh in Wisden: "To my mind the remedy for throwing is very simple; the rule says `if the umpire be not satisfied of the absolute fairness of the delivery of any ball he shall call `no ball'.'

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wcm/content/story/138634.html

More

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/155793.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 12:16 AM
17th Test

<table class="engineTable"><tbody><tr class="data1"><td class="left">England</td> <td class="left">won</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">8 wickets</td> <td>
</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">Australia v England</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">Adelaide (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/56293.html)</td> <td nowrap="nowrap">12 Dec 1884</td> <td class="padDD">
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THE ASHES: 1st Test

...The main features of the match were the splendid batting of McDonnell and Barnes, the fine hitting of Ulyett, and the wonderful defence and patience of Scotton.......When Giffen came in, Blackham did nearly all the scoring, and the excellent total of 224 for 4 wickets was reached. Then an extraordinary collapse took place, and the remaining batsmen were got rid of for an addition of only 19 runs. ...http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153648.html

Scorecard:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62412.html

McDonnell made 124 and 83 and may have been 'MoM' in present day.
Let us look into him:

Also known as Greatheart right-hand batsman Percy Stanislaus McDonnell was


Almost certainly the only Greek scholar to captain Australia. [He] was a brilliant attacking batsman whose outstanding footwork and hand-eye co-ordination helped him excel on wet wickets. His best innings probably came in the third Test against England at Sydney in 1881-82. McDonnell made 147, adding 199 with Charles Bannerman, who made 70. The rest of the batsmen mustered only 29 between them. He died in Brisbane in 1896 after a long illness, aged only 35. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/6557.html


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...McDonnell was educated at St Patrick's College, where he was a prodigy at cricket and a fine footballer. After an inauspicious début in intercolonial cricket in 1878, in which he got 'a pair' against New South Wales, he soon became one of the fastest scoring batsmen in Australian cricket. In 1878-85 he batted seventeen times for Victoria with an average of 30.31. For New South Wales from 1885 he batted fifteen times at 38.21. In 1886 at Melbourne he scored 236 of the New South Wales total of 363....http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mcdonnell-percy-stanislaus-4082

100th Duck

http://www.andovercricketclub.co.uk/clubs/2127/docs/2009%20-%2012th%20Man/wk14%20-%20080809.pdf

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 12:37 AM
18th Test:
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Australia's team showed eleven changes as a result of the 1884 touring team (who had contested the 1st Test) demanding fifty per cent of the gate money for this match. Thus was ended the unique run of JM Blackham who played in each of the first 17 Test matches.


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Blackham who? Glad you asked:

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By virtue of his capacities as a wicketkeeper in the very early days of Australian first-class cricket, Jack Blackham is widely reputed to have been one of the finest cricketers that his nation has ever produced. In an era in which the flimsy texture of wicketkeeping gloves provided little protection from the consistent pounding of balls into a wearer's hands, Blackham displayed extraordinary skill and it is said that he rarely failed to seize an opportunity to effect a dismissal in his position behind the wicket. He was so competent that he was regarded as Australia's first choice wicketkeeper for a period of no less than 18 years, occupying the role from the time of his country's first ever Test - in 1877. Unlike many of his peers or successors, Blackham was just as happy to stand up to the stumps to pace bowlers as he was to spinners. He was also a stubborn batsman in the lower order, and played many valuable innings. Of these, the 74 that he made against England in Sydney in 1894-85 stands out statistically, for it was both his own highest score and allowed him to join with Syd Gregory in delivering Australia what still remains its all time record Test partnership for the ninth wicket. As a reflection of his considerable ability, Blackham was named by Wisden as one of its Cricketers of the Year in 1891. More recently, he was honoured by being selected as one of the inaugural members of the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/4153.html

More:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/155648.html
http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/154833.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 05:31 PM
19th Test

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It will be seen that Barnes did not bowl a single over during the match...Barnes proved himself to be the most destructive bowler in the team in the first-class matches of the tour, and it is therefore to be hoped that the following extract from an Australian paper does not give the true reason for the non-appearance of Barnes the bowler in this contest: - "It should be stated that owing to some unpleasantness between Shrewsbury and Barnes, the latter refused to to bowl when asked to do so. Everyone is aware that the first thing a cricketer has to do is to obey the captain, and therefore there is no excuse for Barnes. In the report on the second day's play adverse comment was passed on Shrewsbury for not putting Barnes on when Garrett and Evans made their stand. It appears that Shrewsbury did ask Barnes, and that the latter refused, as he did again in the second innings. It is to be regretted that a cricketer of Barnes' experience and skill should so far forget himself and his side as to let personal pique affect the result of a contest."http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153650.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 05:39 PM
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Australia won by 8 wickets
5-match series level 2-2
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62415.html

At this point the prospects of a follow-on appeared very probable, but upon Jones joining Bonnor a magnificent stand was made, and the aspect of the game underwent a complete change. Bonnor started in very indifferent form, but afterwards hit with the utmost brilliancy. After a short period of slow play Bonnor hit Barnes to the pavillion for 4, and drove the next ball over the boundary for 5. From this time to the close of the day's play the English bowling was punished with the utmost severity. Flowers gave way to Peel, and soon afterwards Attewell relieved Barnes, a hit off the last named bowler by Bonnor saving the follow-on. Ulyett was tried again, but soon gave way to Flowers. At length Barnes went on again, and from his first ball Bonnor was easily caught at third man with the total at 288. Bonnor's magnificently-hit innings of 128 was the highest made against Shaw's team, and included four 5's, and fourteen 4's. Bonnor and Jones put on 154 for the 8th wicket. It was not to be expected that so long an innings should be played without chances being given, and Bonnor's fine contribution was not without blemishes. Though narrowly escaping being bowled several times, he gave no real chances in the field until he had made 81, when Peel misjudged a bad hit. With his score 98 he might have been caught by Barnes at slip, and later on was missed by Read at long-on. At the call of time the total stood at 308 for 8 wickets, Jones, not out 40, and Blackham, not out 11. Full report
http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153656.html

Bonnor

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Among those cricketers who reached 6ft 6ins were Durston of Middlesex, who played for England in 1921, L. E. Nagel of Victoria, who bowled for Australia against England in 1932-33, and his twin brother V.G., G. J. Bonnor, the great Australian hitter, Alan Marshal of Queensland and Surrey, who was one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year before the first world war, and Philip Hodgson, who played for Yorkshire a year or two ago. At least 100 other cricketers of 6ft 3ins or over have played in first-class cricket.
More on tall cricketers....
http://www.espncricinfo.com/cricketer/content/story/139393.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 05:47 PM
21st Test:
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England won ASHES 3-2

Match notes

A Shrewsbury became the first Englad captain to score a Test hundred.
TW Garrett deputised for umpire Hodges when the latter refused to stand after tea on the third day because of England's complaints about his decisions. JC Allen stood for Phillips on the third and fourth days. McShane played in this Test after umpiring in the previous one.
Jarvis was the second Australian substitute fielder after Murdoch to hold a catch for England.
W Bates (1) retired hurt on 54* from 214/4 to 324/7

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Arthur Shrewsbury

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For almost a decade starting in the late 1880s Arthur Shrewsbury was arguably the finest batsman in the world. WG Grace, his main rival for that accolade, was once asked who he'd most like to have in his side, and said simply: "Give me Arthur." With a game built around an impregnable defence based on his pads, Shrewsbury was a magnificent runmaker especially on bad or so-called sticky wickets, scoring many of his greatest hundreds on pitches his partners found impossible to master. The best-known of these knocks came against Australia at Lord's in 1886, when he scored a masterly 164 against the might of Fred Spofforth, on a pitch deemed "impossible" by his peers. Seven years later he repeated the feat, with a well-made 106 - again at Lord's against Australia - in equally trying conditions, on a sticky wicket against Charles "The Terror" Turner. Even in 1902, his final season, by which time he was 47, Shrewsbury managed to top the first-class averages (1250 runs at 50), as he had done half-a-dozen times in his heyday. Sadly, though, he shot himself the following year after a bout of depression. A quiet, humble man, his passing was mourned all over the cricket-playing world - but especially in Nottinghamshire, the county which he served grandly for nearly three decades. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/20179.html

Shrewsbury's sorrows

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Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 06:16 PM
22nd Test:

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Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62417.html)

Barlow took 7 wickets in the 2nd innings for England helping them win 1st test of the 1886 Ashes...

More on Barlow...

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Dick Barlow was a dour and resolute opening batsman who was the first to really use forward play defensively, and was so passionate about the game that he continued playing club cricket well into his sixties as well as being a capable umpire who stood in one Test in 1899. Hard to dismiss, Barlow is remembered for his association with fellow Lancashire opener Albert Hornby, who was his antithesis with the bat, and they were immortalised in one of the game's most famous poems by Francis Thompson:
"As the run-stealers flicker to and fro,
To and fro,
O my Hornby and my Barlow long ago"He also developed into a very good slow-medium left-armer with immaculate length, clever variation, and a good eye for batsmen's weaknesses. He took a wicket with his first ball in first-class cricket and took four first-class hat-tricks. He carried his bat 11 times, including a two-hour innings of 5 not out (made out of 69) against Nottinghamshire in 1882.
Barlow toured Australia three times, playing in every match on each occasion, and he also played against Australia seven times at home. Although his highest Test score was only 62, Barlow played several valuable defensive innings in difficult circumstances. As a bowler he was more successful; his 7 for 44 at Manchester in 1886 was a match-winning performance. Playing for North of England against the Australian tourists in 1884 he took 10 wickets in the match, and then made a superb hundred (one of only four first-class centuries in his career) against Spofforth at his best. For the Players in the same year he captured a remarkable hat-trick of Gentlemen - WG, Shuter and Read falling to successive deliveries.
Close to the end of his life Barlow was quoted in the Manchester Guardian as saying: "I don't think any cricketer has enjoyed his cricketing career better than I have done, and if I had my time to come over again I should certainly be what I have been all my life - a professional cricketer."
Away from cricket, he kept goal to county level at football and was also a top sprinter. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/8992.html

More on
Richard ('Dick') Barlow

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/155609.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 06:22 PM
23rd Test:
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Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62418.html)

ASHES 2nd Test: England won by an innings and 106 runs

Series England led the 3-match series 2-0

Shrewsbury scored 164 playing for 411 mins.

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Shrewsbury, who had gone in first wicket down with the score at 27, was the last man out, and too much praise cannot be afforded him for his most extraordinary performance. He was at the wickets for six hours and fifty minutes, and though he gave a couple of difficult chances, there was scarcely any fault to be found with his batting. It should be stated that the wicket on this morning was rapidly improving, but Shrewsbury had thoroughly mastered all the varying conditions of the ground. His figures were sixteen 4's, eight 3's, sixteen 2's, and 44 singles, and up to this time his 164 was the largest score, ever made against Australian bowling in England.Full report from almanack

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/150137.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 06:29 PM
24th Test:

The Ashes - 3rd Test

England v Australia
England won by an innings and 217 runs
Played at Kennington Oval, London
12,13,14 August 1886 (3-day match)



WG Grace (170) recaptured the record England Test score which A Shrewsbury snr had claimed in the previous match, he batted for 270 minutes, hit 24 fours and made his 170 out of 216.
He helped take the series 3-0 as England beat by Australia by an innings and 217 runs.


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...Although Mr W. G. Grace made the highest innings he had ever scored against Australian bowling, it was pretty generally admitted that his cricket was more faulty than usual. He gave an easy chance to Scott at short slip when he had made 6, when his score was 23 he hit a ball very hard back to Giffen, which was a possible chance to that bowler's left hand; when he had scored 60 he might perhaps have been caught in the long field, had Bruce started earlier for the ball, and when his total was 93 McIlwraith had a difficult one-handed chance of catching him at slip. Moreover, just before getting out, when his total was 169 he hit a ball straight back to Garrett, who failed to hold it. Still, these blemishes notwithstanding, the innings was a very fine one. He made the enormous proportion of 170 out of 216 during his stay, which lasted altogether four hours and a half, and his figures were twenty-two fours, four threes, seventeen twos and thirty-six singles. In an hour and fifty-two minutes before luncheon Mr. Grace made 40 runs, and consequently in two hours and thirty-eight minutes afterwards he made 130. ...Full almanack report
http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/152998.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 06:35 PM
25th Test

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The great match, and also the most conspicuous triumph of the tour, the Englishmen winning by 13 runs, after being dismissed in their first innings for a total of 45. When stumps were drawn on the Saturday they did not seem to have even a remote chance of success, being only some 20 odd runs to the good with three wickets to fall in their second innings. On the Monday, however, they played up in splendid style, and gained a victory that might fairly be compared to the seven runs win of Australia over England at Kennington Oval in 1882.
Briggs, Flowers, and Sherwin batted so well that Australia had to go in with 111 to get to win. With the wicket in very fair order this seemed an easy task, and defeat was not thought of, but Barnes bowled so finely, and was so ably supported by Lohmann that the total only reached 97. Barring one mistake the English fielding was magnificent. Except that Giffen was still too ill to appear, the Australian team was almost a representative one, though Palmer and Horan should have been played in preference to Midwinter and McShane.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153429.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 06:46 PM
26th Test
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The Australian team was very far indeed from a representative one, the only Victorian player on the side being Midwinter. Jones, however, was the only prominent Sydney man who was away. Having the best of the play all through, the Englishmen won by 71 runs. Lohmann's fine bowling in the first innings, and Barlow's batting being the main elements of success. Turner and Ferris bowled admirably for the Australians, but their exertions were not sufficient to avert defeat.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/150139.html


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GA Lohmann became the first bowler to take eight wickets in an innings of a Test match.
W Gunn both played and deputised as umpire in this match on the final morning when Swift was absent.
CTB Turner emulated WL Murdoch and AH Jarvis by holding a catch while substituting for the opposition.


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More on Lohmann:

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On pure statistics, George Lohmann has a right to up there with the greatest Test bowlers of all time. Rated by contemporaries as the most difficult opponent, he bowled at little more than medium pace but was able to make the ball seam both ways, and his constant experimentation led to variations in angle, flight and pace. Add into the equation his metronomic accuracy, and he was often unplayable. He was no mean batsman either, fleet of foot and with a good eye, and a brilliant slip fielder. A fair, blue-eyed, handsome man, he was 21 when he first played for England in 1886 and had already made his mark with Surrey. He took one wicket in his first two Tests in 1886, but at The Oval he took 7 for 36 and 5 for 68 as England won by an innings. Thereafter he was a fixture in the side. He took his 50th Test wicket in only his 10th Test, and his hundred in his 16th. On the matting wickets of South Africa he was devastating - in 1896-96 he took 35 wickets in three Tests at 5.80. But in 1892 he contracted tuberculosis, and although spending every winter thereafter in South Africa helped his health, he was a far from well man. He extended his English career until 1896, but he was no longer able to shoulder the burden of bowling which had been his hallmark in earlier years. He emigrated to South Africa at the end of the season, playing two final seasons for Western Province, and he returned to England in 1901 as manager of the South African side. He died later that year aged only 36.http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/16337.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 06:54 PM
27th Test:
<table class="engineTable"><tbody><tr class="data1"><td class="left">England</td> <td class="left">won</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">126 runs</td> <td>
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Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62422.html)


Played at SYDNEY, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, February 10, 11, 13, 14, 15. In this match the two English teams joined their forces and put a combined eleven into the field against Australia. The colonial side, which included seven of the players who afterwards went to England, was very strong, but George Giffen's absence prevented it from being quite representative. Horan and Bruce, too, would have been better than some who were playing. The match was played on a ground much damaged by rain, and the Englishmen, having the upper hand throughout, won handsomely by 126 runs. Towards this brilliant and gratifying result the splendid bowling of Peel and Lohmann mainly contributed, the two men taking eighteen wickets between them. Shrewsbury's fine play in the first innings and Maurice Read's hitting in the second also demand recognition. Not since the visit of George Parr's team in 1863-64 had English cricket been so represented on an Australian ground. http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153712.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 07:00 PM
28th Test:
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Toss Australia, who chose to bat
Series Australia led the 3-match series 1-0

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62423.html)

... In dry weather and on a hard wicket, confidence in the strength of English batting would have been almost unlimited, but the weather for weeks had been so bad, and the Australian bowling had proved so destructive, with the condition of the turf favouring it, that many quite dispassionate judges thought the game would be so fluky, that victory would depend almost entirely upon success in the toss....Full report:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/150142.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 07:04 PM
29th Test:
13 Aug 1888
England won by an innings and 137 runs
England levels the Ashes 1-1

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62424.html)

...Those curious in statistics pointed out how often the number 13 recurred in this innings of Australia. It was played on the 13th of the month, Bannerman, Trott, and Ferris scored 13 runs each; Edwards scored twice 13, and Jarvis and Worrall, the only other men who made any runs at all, scored 13 between them, so that the total of the innings, without the two extras, was six times 13. The Englishmen went in shortly before four o"clock, and for a few minutes there was a good deal of anxiety. W. G. Grace was easily caught at third man and Ulyett was caught at the wicket, two men being out with only 6 runs on the scoreboard. Directly after this, however, runs came fast, and, thanks chiefly to the admirable stand made by Abel and Barnes, the score was 185 for five wickets, when play ceased for the day. Barnes had played a first-class innings of 62, and Abel was 65 not out....http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/150143.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 07:10 PM
30th Test
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Australia were unable to to avoid following-on, the compulsory margin in 1888 being 80 runs.
The match ended at 1.52pm (before lunch on the second day), after Australia had been bowled out in 69 minutes.
Heavy rain before the match produced a soft, wet pitch and gave the side batting first an enormous advantage. A hot, drying sun on the second day made the pitch a vicious "sticky"; 18 wickets fell before lunch.

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62425.html)

Match report:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153428.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 07:16 PM
31st Test
<table class="engineTable"><tbody><tr class="data1"><td class="left">England</td> <td class="left">won by
</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">8 wickets</td> <td>
</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">South Africa v England</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">Port Elizabeth (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/59159.html)</td> <td nowrap="nowrap">12 Mar 1889</td></tr></tbody></table>
SOUTH AFRICA IS INTRODUCED

http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/43100/43165.jpg


South Africa's introduction to Test cricket ended in a comprehensive defeat by Major Warton's touring team.
The match, played on matting, finished just before 3.30pm on the second day.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62426.html

http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/51400/51425.jpg

The First MCC side to tour SA 1888-1889

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 07:21 PM
32nd Test
<table class="engineTable"><tbody><tr class="data1"><td class="left">England</td> <td class="left">won</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">inns & 202 runs</td> <td>
</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">South Africa v England</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">Cape Town (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/59068.html)</td> <td nowrap="nowrap">25 Mar 1889</td></tr></tbody></table>


Abel scored the first hundred in first-class cricket in South Africa and Tancred became the first batsman to carry his bat through a completed Test innings.
Briggs set a new Test record by taking 8 for 11 (all bowled) in the second innings and 15 for 28 in the match.
Ashley took 7 for 95 in his only Test
Bowden, aged 23 years 144 days became England's youngest captain three years before dying 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 whiskey cases.



Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62427.html)

<table class="inningsTable" id="inningsBat3"><tbody><tr class="inningsHead"></tr><tr class="inningsHead"><td>
</td> <td colspan="2">South Africa 2nd innings (following on)</td> <td style="text-align:right;">R</td> <td style="text-align:right;">M</td> <td style="text-align:right;">B</td> <td style="text-align:right;">4s</td> <td style="text-align:right;">6s</td> <td style="text-align:right;">SR</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">AB Tancred (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/47521.html) </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259"> b Briggs </td> <td class="battingRuns">3</td> <td class="battingDetails">24</td> <td class="battingDetails">21</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">14.28</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">A Rose-Innes (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/46996.html) </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259">run out </td> <td class="battingRuns">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">1</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">-</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">AE Ochse (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/46673.html) </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259"> b Briggs </td> <td class="battingRuns">3</td> <td class="battingDetails">4</td> <td class="battingDetails">5</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">60.00</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">P Hutchinson (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/45463.html) </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259"> b Briggs </td> <td class="battingRuns">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">6</td> <td class="battingDetails">8</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0.00</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">OR Dunell (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/44732.html) </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259"> b Fothergill </td> <td class="battingRuns">5</td> <td class="battingDetails">16</td> <td class="battingDetails">13</td> <td class="battingDetails">1</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">38.46</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">WH Milton (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/46231.html)* </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259"> b Briggs </td> <td class="battingRuns">4</td> <td class="battingDetails">3</td> <td class="battingDetails">6</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">66.66</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">WHM Richards (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/46983.html) </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259"> b Briggs </td> <td class="battingRuns">4</td> <td class="battingDetails">5</td> <td class="battingDetails">4</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">100.00</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">CH Vintcent (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/47737.html) </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259"> b Briggs </td> <td class="battingRuns">9</td> <td class="battingDetails">24</td> <td class="battingDetails">27</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">33.33</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">FW Smith (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/47206.html)† </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259"> b Briggs </td> <td class="battingRuns">11</td> <td class="battingDetails">28</td> <td class="battingDetails">28</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">39.28</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">NHCD Theunissen (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/47568.html) </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259">not out </td> <td class="battingRuns">2</td> <td class="battingDetails">7</td> <td class="battingDetails">3</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">66.66</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="playerName" width="192">WH Ashley (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/43938.html) </td> <td class="battingDismissal" width="259"> b Briggs </td> <td class="battingRuns">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">1</td> <td class="battingDetails">1</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0</td> <td class="battingDetails">0.00</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="inningsDetails">Extras</td> <td class="battingDismissal">(b 2)</td> <td class="battingRuns">2</td> <td class="battingDetails">
</td> <td class="battingDetails">
</td> <td class="battingDetails">
</td> <td class="battingDetails">
</td> <td class="battingDetails">
</td> </tr> <tr class="inningsRow"> <td>
</td> <td class="inningsDetails">Total</td> <td class="battingDismissal">(all out; 28.2 overs)</td> <td class="battingRuns">43</td> <td class="battingRate" colspan="5">(2.26 runs per 6 balls)</td></tr></tbody></table>

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 08:45 PM
33rd Test
<table class="engineTable"><tbody><tr class="data1"><td class="left">England</td> <td class="left">won by
</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">7 wickets</td> <td>
</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">England v Australia</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">Lord's (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/57129.html)</td> <td nowrap="nowrap">21 Jul 1890</td><td class="padDD">
</td></tr></tbody></table>


Barrett playing in his first Test match, became the first to carry his bat through a completed innings in a Test between Australia and England.
Lyons made 55 and 33 in very short time and took 5 wickets in 1st innings although England won by 7 wickets

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62428.html

Full match report

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153713.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 08:50 PM
34th Test
<table class="engineTable"><tbody><tr class="data1"><td class="left">England</td> <td class="left">won</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">by 2 wickets</td> <td>
</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">England v Australia</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">The Oval (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/57127.html)</td> <td nowrap="nowrap">11 Aug 1890</td></tr></tbody></table>
Series England led the 3-match series 2-0 winning this match by 2 wickets



Martin, a left-arm, medium-fast bowler from Kent, became the first to take twelve wickets on debut.
England won the match from an overthrow when Barrett missed an easy run-out.

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62429.html)

.......On his dismissal there came a collapse that recalled the great match in 1882, Mr. Cranston, Lohmann and Barnes being dismissed in such quick succession that with eight men out two runs were still wanted to win. Amid indescribable excitement Sharpe became Mr, McGregor's partner, and five maiden overs were bowled in succession, Sharpe being beaten time after time by balls from Ferris that broke back and missed the wicket. Then at last the Surrey player hit a ball to cover point, but Barrett, who had a chance of running out either batsman, overthrew the ball in his anxiety, and a wonderful match ended in a victory for England by two wickets. Martin in the whole match took twelve wickets for 102 runs - a splendid performance. http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153714.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 08:51 PM
34aTest
<table class="engineTable"><tbody><tr class="data1"><tr class="data1"> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">England v Australia</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">Manchester (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/57160.html)</td> <td nowrap="nowrap">25 Aug 1890</td></tr></tr></tbody></table>Match abandoned due to rain

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64135.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 08:55 PM
35th Test
<table class="engineTable"><tbody><tr class="data1"><td class="left">Australia</td> <td class="left">won</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">54 runs</td> <td>
</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">Australia v England</td> <td class="left" nowrap="nowrap">Melbourne (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/56441.html)</td> <td nowrap="nowrap">1 Jan 1892</td></tr></tbody></table>
Played at MELBOURNE, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, January 1, 2, 4, 5, 6. This, the first of the three matches against Combined Australia, excited an extraordinary amount of interest. It lasted into the fifth day, and, after a struggle which by general consent had rarely or never been surpassed in the colonies, was won by the Australians by 54 runs. The Englishmen lost the game on the Tuesday afternoon, when they went in for the last innings with 213 runs wanted to win. With the wicket still in good order they entertained little doubt of accomplishing theirtask, and when Grace and Stoddart, on starting the innings, had hit up 60 runs without being separated, Australia's chance seemed very remote. However, at 60 Grace was caught at mid-off and Stoddart bowled in trying to pull a long-hop. Then came such a collapse on the part of the English batsmen that before the drawing of stumps there were seven wickets down. On the Wednesday morning the remaining players did their best, but the innings was all over for 158. In the early stages of the match some fine cricket was shown on both sides. Bruce batted most brilliantly for Aystralia and Bannerman, though his play was intolerably slow to look at, rendered invaluable service to his side. His two innings of 45 and 41 lasted respectively three hours and a quarter and four hours. W. G. Grace's 50 was a capital display, and Bean, in getting the same number, showed better cricket than on any other occasion during the tour. The Australians worked very hard to win and fully deserved their victory. The Combined team was made up of four players from Victoria, five from New South Wales, and two from South Australia. Not the least noteworthy feature in a remarkable match was George Giffen's complete failure as a batsman. Turner and Trott bowled admirably in the last innings, but the most sensational piece of bowling in the match was that of M'Leod, who, in the Englishmen's first innings, got rid of Abel, Grace, and Stoddart in two overs. Moses strained his leg on the opening day, and suffered more or less from the effects of his accident for the rest of the Australian season.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153715.html

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62430.html)

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 09:04 PM
36th Test

The Ashes - 2nd Test
Australia v England
Australia won by 72 runs
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground
29,30 January, 1,2,3 February 1892 (timeless match)





Abel became the first England player to carry his bat through a completed Test innings.
Briggs ended Australia's second innings with a hat-trick, dismissing WF Giffen,Callaway and Blackham.


Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62431.html)
Match Report (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153716.html)


More in Briggs

http://www.espncricinfo.com/inline/content/image/9222.html?alt=player

BOWLER OF THE YEAR - 1889

Johnny Briggs was born at Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, on October 3, 1862. He played in the Colt's match at Old Trafford, in 1879, and appeared for Lancashire that year. He bowls left-hand, and bats right, being in this respect like his colleague, Barlow.........

Full Wisden profile (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/154830.html)
Full Cricinfo profile (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/9223.html)

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 09:15 PM
37th Test
England in South Africa Test Match
South Africa v England
England won by an innings and 189 runs
Played at Newlands, Cape Town
19,21,22 March 1892 (3-day match)




Test no. 37 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1891/92 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1891-92/)
Played at Newlands, Cape Town (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/59068.html)
19,21,22 March 1892 (3-day match)


<table class="inningsTable" id="inningsBat1"><tbody><tr> <td width="11">
</td> <td colspan="2" width="451">
</td> <td width="28">
</td> <td width="21">
</td> <td width="21">
</td> </tr></tbody></table>


For the first time England contested two Test series simultaneously, two days after WW Read's team played the Test Lord Sheffield side began their third match against Australia.
The Hearnes provided the second instance of three brothers playing in the same match, Alec and George Gibbons for England, and Frank for South Africa, John Thomas was their cousin.
JJ Ferris and WL Murdoch were making their debuts for England after appearing for Australia, Murdoch, the former Australia captain, kept wicket for England in the second innings.
F Hearne was making his debut for South Africa after playing twice for England.
Wood scored the first century by a wicket-keeper in Test matches; it was his only hundred in first-class cricket.

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62433.html)


Owing to the absence of A. B. Tancred, the best all-round cricketer in South Africa, and two of three other prominent players, the home team was not fully representative. The South African eleven went in first, but with the exception of F. Hearne (24), G. Cuffs (18) and W. H. Milton, an old Malborough boy (21), fared badly. The Englishmen treated the home bowling with scant courtesy, and Wood, by some vigorous cricket, hit up 134 not out, in the home team's second innings F. Hearne made 23 and C. Mills 21, but the general resistance offered to the English bowling was poor, the visitors finishined their tour with a brilliant victory by an innings and 189 runs. Almanack Report (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153718.html)

Hearne family (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearne_family)
List of International cricket families (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Test_or_One-day_International_cricket_families#Iqbal.2FKhan)

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 09:20 PM
38th Test
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Australia v England
England won by an innings and 230 runs
Played at Adelaide Oval
24,25,26,28 March 1892


Torrential rain on the second day caused play to be abandoned after England had amassed 490-9 and ruined the pitch for batting.
England won by an innings and 230 runs
Australia won the 3-match series 2-1

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62432.html)

The third meeting with Combined Australia was the last match of the tour. As some compensation for their defeats at Melbourne and Sydney, the Englishmen won in a single innings with 230 runs to spare. It was a brilliant victory, but inasmuch as the Englishmen batted on a perfect wicket, and the Australians had to go in when the pitch had been runied by rain, it cannot be pretended that the result represented with any accuracy the merits of the two elevens. In justice to the English team however, it should be mentioned that before the rain came on they had scored 490 for nine wickets. This being the case, it is not unreasonable to suppose that even had the weather remained fine, the game would still have ended in their favour. Stoddart's batting and Briggs's bowling were the features of the game. In scoring 134 Stoddart was at the wickets three hours and fifty minutes, his hits including two 5's and fifteen 4's. He gave three chances, but not one of them was easy, and from first to last he played in his best form. Grace's 58 was quite faultless, and the only mistake in Peel's admirable 83 - an innings which lasted three hours - was a hard return to Giffen when he had scored 60. Briggs, it will be noticed, took six wickets in each innings of Australia. Report (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153725.html)

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 09:26 PM
39th Test
The Ashes - 1st Test
England v Australia
Match drawn
Played at Lord's, London
17,18,19 July 1893 (3-day match)



Test no. 39 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1893 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1893/)
Played at Lord's, London (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/57129.html)
17,18,19 July 1893 (3-day match)


<table class="inningsTable" id="inningsBat1"><tbody><tr> <td width="11">
</td> <td colspan="2" width="451">
</td> <td width="28">
</td> <td width="28">
</td> <td width="21">
</td> <td width="21">
</td> </tr></tbody></table>


Shrewsbury became the first to score three Test hundreds for England and the first batsman from either country to score 1,000 runs in England v Australia Tests.
Graham became the second Australian after C Bannerman to score a hundred in his first Test.
Stoddart was the first captain to declare a Test innings closed.
Rain prevented play after lunch on the third day.
Match drawn.

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62434.html)
Report (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/150150.html)

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 09:32 PM
40th Test
The Ashes - 2nd Test
England v Australia
England won by an innings and 43 runs
Played at Kennington Oval, London
14,15,16 August 1893 (3-day match)




Test no. 40 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1893 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1893/)
Played at Kennington Oval, London (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/57127.html)
14,15,16 August 1893 (3-day match)


<table class="inningsTable" id="inningsBat1"><tbody><tr> <td width="11">
</td> </tr></tbody></table>


Bannerman became the first Australian to score 1,000 runs in Tests.
Jackon's hundred, which took 135 minutes, was the first in a Test in England to be completed with a hit over the boundery (then only worth four runs).

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62435.html)
Report (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/150151.html)

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 09:37 PM
41st Test
The Ashes - 3rd Test
England v Australia
Match drawn
Played at Old Trafford, Manchester
24,25,26 August 1893 (3-day match)




Test no. 41 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1893 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1893/)
Played at Old Trafford, Manchester (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/57160.html)
24,25,26 August 1893 (3-day match)


<table class="inningsTable" id="inningsBat1"><tbody><tr> <td width="11">
</td> </tr></tbody></table>


During his match-saving second innings, Turner was struck on the hand and dislocated a finger. Dr Grace pulled the joint back into place and he was able to continue his last-wicket partnership of 36 with Blackham which occupied valuable time for Australia.
Gunn's hundred took 250 minutes and was the first in a Test at Old Trafford.
England made no attempt to score 198 runs in 135 minutes.

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62436.html)
Report (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/150152.html)

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 09:45 PM
42nd Test
The Ashes - 1st Test
Australia v England
England won by 10 runs
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground
14,15,17,18,19,20 December 1894 (timeless match)




Test no. 42 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1894/95 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1894-95/)
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/56544.html)
14,15,17,18,19,20 December 1894 (timeless match)



Forced to follow-on yet won

Sydney - 1894-95
Australia amassed 586. Sydney Gregory, who later captained Australia in 1912, scored 201. Captain, George Giffen, one of the finest all-rounders of his day, scored 161. F.A. Iredale (81) and J.M. Blackham (74) were the other principal contributors. Tom Richardson, hailed as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, claimed 5 for 181.
England replied with 325, A.Ward and J. Briggs contributing 75 and 57 respectively. Giffen claimed 4 for 75. Trailing by 261 runs in the first innings, England were forced to follow-on and scored 437 in the second. Ward hit 117 and J.T. Brown 53. Giffen again claimed 4 wickets for 164 runs. Australia were dismissed for 166 and Yorkshire's slow left arm bowler, Robert Peel whom C.B. Fry rated as the best of his kind, claimed 6 for 67, to give England, a surprising but exciting 10 run victory. It was the first Test Match to go into the sixth day.

Full article (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/105230.html)
Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62437.html)

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 09:49 PM
43rd Test
The Ashes - 2nd Test
Australia v England
England won by 94 runs
Played at Melbourne Cricket Ground
29,31 December 1894, 1,2,3 January 1895 (timeless match)



Test no. 43 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1894/95 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1894-95/)
Played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/56441.html)
29,31 December 1894, 1,2,3 January 1895 (timeless match)






Giffen was the first captain to give his opponents first innings on winning the toss.
Stoddart's innings was the highest in Test for England and the highest by an England captain until 1974-75 when MH Denness scored 188.
Coningham took Mclaren's wicket with his first ball in his only Test to claim the first instances of a wicket falling to the first ball of a Test match.
In England's second innings all eleven batsmen reached double figures for the first time in a Test match innings.

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62438.html)

The definitive captain's innings

Played at MELBOURNE, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, December 29,31, January 1, 2, 3. The second of the test matches resulted in a well-earned win for the Englishmen by 94 runs. On the opening day the wicket was in a very bad state from the recent rain, and George Giffen, on winning the toss, put England into bat. His policy proved a wise one, the innings being finished off in two hours for a total of 75. The wicket had considerably improved when Australia went in, but Richardson bowled so finely that before the end of the afternoon the eleven were all out for 123, or only 48 to the good. A dry Sunday allowed the ground to thoroughly recover itself, and the Englishmen in their second innings batted under the most favourable conditions. It was not until the fourth day's cricket was well advanced that they were got rid of, the total reaching 475. Mr. Stoddart, risking nothing, played a great game for his side, his innings of 173 lasting five hours andn twenty minutes. Australia wanted 428 to win, and when on the fourth day 190 went up with only one wicket down, the chances seemed against the Englishmen. Brockwell's bowling, however, brought about a sudden change, and with several batsmen failing, the score for nine wickets was only 268. It then seemed as though the match would soon be over, but Iredale and turner added 60 runs together and played out time. On the fifth morning however, the end came in the second over, Iredale being bowled by Peel.

Report (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153727.html)

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 10:02 PM
44th Test
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Australia v England
Australia won by 382 runs
Played at Adelaide Oval
11,12,14,15 January 1895 (timeless match)



Test no. 44 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1894/95 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1894-95/)
Played at Adelaide Oval (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/56293.html)
11,12,14,15 January 1895 (timeless match)



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This match, played in temperatures that reached 155 F in the open.
AE Trott on his Test debut had a notable all-round performance scoring 110 without being dismissed and bowled unchanged virtually throughout the second innings to take 8 for 43.
England led the 5-match series 2-1

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More on Trott

http://www.espncricinfo.com/inline/content/image/263688.html?alt=1

[B]From 'The Cricketer'
Rumbustious, ill-fated Albert Trott of Victoria, Australia, Middlesex and England was born 100 years ago on February 6, but the centenary passed all but unnoticed. This is not entirely surprising since Trott, who created many a vivid memory for opponents and spectators alike, was apt to be forgotten when it mattered most. The Australian selectors forgot him - or ignored him - when they picked their team for England in 1896, though only a year earlier he had burst into Test cricket with unparalleled force. He so far forgot himself in his benefit match in 1907 that he took four wickets in four balls and then the hat-trick, winding up proceedings foolishly early at a time when people were prepared to roll up in their thousands to pay cash tribute to a stalwart of county cricket - as long as the match lasted.......His batting was powerful, boisterous, and never quite as dependable after the monstrous blow off Noble. His massive hands held practically everything within reach. And his bowling, slung with a round-arm delivery, contained most of the arts. Warning against his fast ball was seldom sufficient insurance, and his slower ball had batsmen fanning at air. He actually played for England - on the tour of South Africa in 1898-99, when he left his mark with 17 wickets at less than twelve apiece in the two Test matches; but as the seasons went by, his body spread under the effects of ale - often taken along the boundary from admiring spectators - and from dropsy, which also induced melancholia. He became an umpire in 1910, but by 1914, living alone in digs, `Albatrott' had had enough. He wrote a will on the back of a laundry ticket, leaving his wardrobe and £4 in cash to the landlady. Then he shot himself. We are now passing through years that are dotted with centenaries of Golden Age cricketers. None of them was remotely comparable to Albert Edwin Trott.Source (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/21593.html)

Albert Trott's mighty hit

A look back at a 111-year-old record: one of the biggest and most famous shots played at Lord's



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Opened in 1890, the iconic building is permanently in the batsmen's firing line, but only one has cleared it properly - Albert Trott (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/21593.html) in the summer of 1899. Many have tried and a few came close.

Earlier this month West Indian Kieron Pollard on his Somerset debut clubbed Middlesex's Shaun Udal into the top tier; in 1977 I was present at the Gillette Cup final when Glamorgan's Mike Llewellyn hit John Emburey into the guttering in front of the north turret. But Trott's place in cricket history remains. Trott had already played for Australia when, overlooked by selectors for the 1896 tour, he travelled to England under his own steam (although on the ship carrying the Australians, who were captained by his brother) and set about qualifying for Middlesex. By 1898 he was playing county cricket and that winter played two Tests for England in South Africa.
Renowned as a big hitter, he wielded a 3lb bat in an era where the norm was around 2lb 3ozs and anything over 2lb 8ozs was deemed a club. He was also a very good bowler and in 1899 took 237 wickets and scored 1175 runs.

[U]Source (http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/463786.html)








Albert Trott 10 for 42, Middlesex v Somerset, 1900
A brilliant allrounder - before drink got the better of him - Trott played Tests for both England and Australia. With the bat, he is best remembered as the only man to clear the pavilion at Lord's with a straight drive. With the ball he was equally devastating, most famously in his benefit match in 1907 when he took four wickets in four balls and followed with a hat-trick. So quickly did he wrap up the match that he lost a day's gate money and quipped, "I have bowled myself into the poor house." On a drying wicket at Taunton in 1900 he was at his best, needing no assistance from fielders for nine of the ten wickets he took, and his return would have been much better but for a last-wicket stand of 46 in Somerset's 89.

Source
(http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/303624.html)

Ashraf-FTP
August 26, 2011, 10:10 PM
zee, I am just wondering, are you like in a bet with someone to make 2000 posts on 2000 tests? Why are you working your bum off finding information about 2000 tests from like a hundered years before? It has to painful and time-consuming. Unless you are in a bet [that too, for a good amount of money] I really dont see the point in so much effort, not to discourage you or anyhting, just saying :D

Dont you have something better to do? Maybe something like a job ? :-p

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 11:04 PM
ashraf baboo how iz that an on topic post....now that you have destroyed the rhythm...i have to recalcuate #of posts to #matches correspondence
and i hope it's not hard to get in your cranial matters that nothing prevents others to contribute....or stray away..

and what i have better to do or not is none of you biz...

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 11:11 PM
45th Test
The Ashes - 4th Test
Australia v England
Australia won by an innings and 147 runs
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground
1,2,4 February 1895 (timeless match)




Test no. 45 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1894/95 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1894-95/)
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/56544.html)
1,2,4 February 1895 (timeless match)


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5-match series level 2-2
Australia won by an innings and 147 runs
England were dismissed twice on the third day.
Briggs became the first bowler to take 100 wickets.
On the third day Turner became the first Australian to take 100 wickets.
Lockwood whose hand had been badly gashed by an exploding soda water bottle before the match, was unable to bat.


</td></tr></tbody></table>Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62440.html)

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 11:14 PM
46th Test
The Ashes - 5th Test
Australia v England
England won by 6 wickets
Played at Melbourne Cricket Ground
1,2,4,5,6 March 1895 (timeless match)



Test no. 46 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1894/95 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1894-95/)
Played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/56441.html)
1,2,4,5,6 March 1895 (timeless match)


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England won the 5-match series 3-2
JT Brown (140) scored his first fifty in only 28 minutes. His hundred took 95 minutes

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62441.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 11:41 PM
47th Test

England in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

South Africa v England
England won by 288 runs
Played at Crusaders Ground, St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
13,14 February 1896 (3-day match)




South Africa v England
England won by 288 runs
South Africa out for 30 in 2nd innings...South Africa were dismissed in only 94 balls for 30, the lowest score until 1954-55 when New Zealand were dismissed for 26.
Lohmann's analysis of 8 for 7 set a new Test record and he ended the match - on the second day - with a hat-trick.
SMJ Woods was making his debut for England after playing for Australia.

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62442.html)

George Lohmann
http://www.espncricinfo.com/inline/content/image/16336.html?alt=player

On pure statistics, George Lohmann has a right to up there with the greatest Test bowlers of all time. Rated by contemporaries as the most difficult opponent, he bowled at little more than medium pace but was able to make the ball seam both ways, and his constant experimentation led to variations in angle, flight and pace. Add into the equation his metronomic accuracy, and he was often unplayable. He was no mean batsman either, fleet of foot and with a good eye, and a brilliant slip fielder. A fair, blue-eyed, handsome man, he was 21 when he first played for England in 1886 and had already made his mark with Surrey. He took one wicket in his first two Tests in 1886, but at The Oval he took 7 for 36 and 5 for 68 as England won by an innings. Thereafter he was a fixture in the side. He took his 50th Test wicket in only his 10th Test, and his hundred in his 16th. On the matting wickets of South Africa he was devastating - in 1896-96 he took 35 wickets in three Tests at 5.80. But in 1892 he contracted tuberculosis, and although spending every winter thereafter in South Africa helped his health, he was a far from well man. He extended his English career until 1896, but he was no longer able to shoulder the burden of bowling which had been his hallmark in earlier years. He emigrated to South Africa at the end of the season, playing two final seasons for Western Province, and he returned to England in 1901 as manager of the South African side. He died later that year aged only 36.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/16337.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 11:47 PM
[U][B]48th Test
England in South Africa Test Series - 2nd Test
South Africa v England
England won by an innings and 197 runs
Played at Old Wanderers, Johannesburg
2,3,4 March 1896 (3-day match)



Test no. 48 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1895/96 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1895-96/)
Played at Old Wanderers, Johannesburg (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/59122.html)
2,3,4 March 1896 (3-day match)





England beat South Africa by an innings and 197 runs
Lohmann became the first bowler to take 9 wickets in an innings, also taking his hundredth Test wicket in the match.
Umpire Miller had played in the previous Test.
Lord Hawke's team arrived at the ground to find the the club buildings filled with injured survivors from a dynamite explosion nearby.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62443.html

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 11:49 PM
49th Test
England in South Africa Test Series - 3rd Test
South Africa v England
England won by an innings and 33 runs
Test no. 49 | 1895/96 season
Played at Newlands, Cape Town
21,23 March 1896 (3-day match)




Test no. 49 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/index.html?class=1) | 1895/96 season (http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1890S/1895-96/)
Played at Newlands, Cape Town (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ground/59068.html)
21,23 March 1896 (3-day match)


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England won the 3-match series 3-0
England won by an innings and 33 runs
Lohmann took his total of wickets for the three- match rubber to 35 at 5.8 runs apiece.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62444.html

Nasif
August 26, 2011, 11:50 PM
I am destroying your rhythm again; put the date of the match for reference.

Zeeshan
August 26, 2011, 11:51 PM
edit

Ace of BD
August 26, 2011, 11:51 PM
well...yes zeeshan M...i guess these are all useless if u can't provide the date...which is very important, coz dates provide historical significance

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 12:29 AM
I am destroying your rhythm again; put the date of the match for reference.

I am editing in the dates as we go. And I will create a fb page instead :)

....but not because of the troll with ellipsis above me. :bird:

al-Sagar
August 27, 2011, 01:15 AM
zeeshan bhai carry on, even if there are some rhythm destroyers .....

i am loving this

anyway there have been 3185 ODI's already ..... may be when the ODI's reach 5000 mark, we can start 5000 ODI's 5000 posts .......

who will create that one you or me ????

for others who are interested .... .... t20 count is now 203, perhaps you can wait until it becomes 1000

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 01:53 AM
Robert Houdin performed for a single audience, I will be perform for you Shagor da.
Feel free, anyone, to contribute or start your post feast.

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 02:13 AM
chokkher nimeshe fifty kore fellum go dadara...koi ekta haat tali pelaam na je

The Ashes - 1st Test
England v Australia
England won by 6 wickets
Test no. 50 | 1896 season
Played at Lord's, London
22,23,24 June 1896 (3-day match)



Grace completed his 1,000 runs in Test cricket.
The forth-wicket partnership of 221 between Trott and Gregory was a new record for any wicket in Test matches.
Lohmann ended his final Test with career figures of 112 wickets, average 10.75. in 18 matches. Besides recording the lowest average by any bowler taking 25 or more wickets, he remains the most frequent wicket-taker, at 34 balls per dismissal.
Less that five years later Lohmann died of consumption at the age of 36.

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62445.html)

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 03:26 AM
The Ashes - 2nd Test
England v Australia
Australia won by 3 wickets
Test no. 51 | 1896 season
Played at Old Trafford, Manchester
16,17,18 July 1896 (3-day match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62446.html)


Ranji, the first Indian to play Test cricket, became the second batsman after Grace to score a hundred on debut for England.
He was the first to score a hundred before lunch in a Test match; on the third morning he took his overnight score of 41* to 154*, adding 113 runs in 130 minutes.
Brown kept wicket when Lilley's leg-breaks were required to break a stand.
G Giffen became the first to complete the Test career double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/inline/content/image/381154.html?alt=1

Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/19331.html)

Ranji, an Indian prince, was probably one of the finest batsmen of all time, not only in terms of runs scored but also because he brought new strokes to the game. His keen eye, unorthodoxy and speed of reaction meant that introduced the late cut and leg glance, as well as the art of back-foot defence.Pushing the laws to the limit (http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/355286.html)

Ranji's leg-glance
Gentlemen prefer blondes, apparently. Back in the 1890s they also preferred to score their runs on the off side. Leg-stump half-volleys were routinely patted back to the bowler ("try again, old bean"), and it wasn't until an Indian prince descended on the English game that a whole new zone of scoring was opened up to cricket. Having been taught by his coach to anchor his back foot in the crease to keep him in line against quick bowling, Ranjitsinhji discovered that he could use his wonderfully supple wrists to flick the straighter deliveries off his hips to the fine-leg boundary. Not everyone was taken with this tactic however - it was deemed immoral by some, although that might have stemmed more from the racist hostility that Ranji attracted from some of the more reactionary types at the MCC. But Neville Cardus described his strokes as "lovely magic", and by the time he'd played 15 Tests for England, averaging 44.95 with two hundreds, the Victorian public had been won over as well.
Verdict Innovative
Outcome Became part of the game

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 03:33 AM
The Ashes - 3rd Test
England v Australia
England won by 66 runs
Test no. 52 | 1896 season
Played at Kennington Oval, London
10,11,12 August 1896 (3-day match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62447.html)


Rain prevented play until 4.55pm. on the first day, caused 24 wickets to fall on the second, and led to Australia being dismissed for their lowest total in England until 1902.
Peel (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/18489.html)ended his Test career with the splendid analysis of 6 for 23; the fourth of those wickets was his hundreth in Test matches.
Five players threatened strike action before the start because of a dispute over match fees. Although Abel, Hayward and Richardson relented, Gunn and Lohmann refused to play.

England v Australia 1896 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153736.html)

....It was anybody's game on the third morning, everything depending on the condition of the ground. It was freely predicted that the wicket would improve, but such was far from being the case, the pitch being perhaps more difficult than ever. England's innings was finished off for 84, the Australians being left with 111 to get to win. This task they commenced shortly before half-past twelve, the excitement being of course at a very high pitch. In the second over, before a run had been scored, Darling was bowled, and then the Australians went from bad to worse, the climax being reached when the seventh wicket fell at 14. All this time, Hearne and Peel had bowled in wonderful form, the latter having been put on in place of Richardson directly Darling was out. The ninth wicket was lost at 25, and the Englishmen had the game in their hands, but McKibbin, by some plucky hitting, delayed the end, he total having reached 44 when Abel caught him most brilliantly at slip with one hand. Thus amidst great enthusiasm, England won the match by 66 runs.

Rabz
August 27, 2011, 04:47 AM
Good luck with the endeavour.

Ace of BD
August 27, 2011, 05:45 AM
wth....i am telling ways to make it better...and i receive flak....oh well.....maybe gives me a good idea of things to expect next time....God shows everything for a reason

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 05:47 AM
The Ashes - 1st Test
Australia v England
England won by 9 wickets
Test no. 53 | 1897/98 season
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground
13,14,15,16,17 December 1897 (timeless match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62448.html)


Ranjitsinhji, although ill, emulated H Graham by scoring a hundred in his first Test in Australia having done so in England.
MacLaren, deputising for AE Stoddart whose mother had died, scored a hundred in his first Test as captain.
Darling had the distinction of being the first left-hander to score a hundred in a Test match.
McLeod was run out by Storer when he left his crease after being bowled by a no-ball. His deafness prevented him from hearing the umpire's call.
Kelly became the first wicket-keeper to prevent any byes in a total of over 500.

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 05:47 AM
wth....i am telling ways to make it better...and i receive flak....oh well.....maybe gives me a good idea of things to expect next time....God shows everything for a reason

Check my favorite player bro.

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 05:54 AM
The Ashes - 2nd Test
Australia v England
Australia won by an innings and 55 runs

Test no. 54 | 1897/98 season
Played at Melbourne Cricket Ground
1,3,4,5 January 1898 (timeless match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62449.html)
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Jones was the first bowler to be no-balled for throwing in a Test match - umpire Phillips called him once.
McLeod avenged his unfortunate dismissal in the previous match by making the most of his surprising promotion in the order. (112)


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Ace of BD
August 27, 2011, 05:57 AM
Check my favorite player bro.

thnks for the honor.....now this is perfect, carry on, i get a feeling this will be talked abt in cricinfo abt ur efforts

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 06:06 AM
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Australia v England
Australia won by an innings and 13 runs
Test no. 55 | 1897/98 season
Played at Adelaide Oval
14,15,17,18,19 January 1898 (timeless match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62450.html)


J Darling became the first batsman to score two hundreds in the same rubber and the first to reach his century with a six which in those days involved hitting the ball right out of the ground as opposed to over the boundary. This was the first six ever hit in Test cricket without the aid of overthrows.
Storer had 3 consecutive stumpings in 1st Innings

More on Darling (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/4897.html)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/inline/content/image/4896.html?alt=player

....Starting cricket when very young, he revealed remarkable ability just before his fifteenth birthday, when, in a two-day match for St Alfred's College on the Adelaide Oval, he scored 252 out of 470, so beating 209 by George Giffen - then the highest....

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 06:16 AM
The Ashes - 4th Test
Australia v England
Australia won by 8 wickets
Test no. 56 | 1897/98 season
Played at Melbourne Cricket Ground
29,31 January, 1,2 February 1898 (timeless match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62451.html)

...Of the five test matches this was perhaps the most eventful. The Englishmen started in wonderful form by getting six wickets down for 57 runs, but after that they were quite outplayed, the Australians gaining a brilliant victory by eight wickets. The turning point of the Australians' first innings was the partnership of Clement Hill and Trumble, 165 runs being put on for the seventh wicket. Never before had Hill given quite so fine a display as his 183. He was batting a little over five hours and all things considered his innings may be described as perhaps the best seen in the Colonies during the season ...

Clement Hill (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/5662.html)made 188

More on him:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/inline/content/image/5661.html?alt=player

...A specially brilliant batsman on hard pitches, Clem Hill scored 6,274 runs, average 52.28 in Sheffield Shield matches -- a record until beaten by Don Bradman. His highest innings was 365 not out for South Australia against New South Wales at Adelaide in December 1900, his average that season being 103.33. In similar matches he made 206 not out at Sydney in 1895 and 205 at Adelaide in 1909.

While able to drive hard to the off or straight, usually with the ball kept down, Clem Hill scored chiefly on the leg side by skilful strokes perfectly timed and placed, the way in which he turned straight balls clear of fieldsmen being exceptional. Brilliant square and late cutting made Hill delightful to watch and in defence his style claimed admiration while his patience was unlimited. A splendid field particularly in the deep, Clem Hill brought off one catch that will never be forgotten by the spectators at the third Test match at Old Trafford in 1902. When England wanted eight runs for victory with two wickets in hand Dick Lilley made a square-leg hit which looked like carrying the pavilion rails, but as Hill ran from long-on the wind seemed to check the force of the hit. The ball fell almost straight and Hill, racing across its flight, with outstretched hands, held it, so accepting a chance that few fieldsmen would have thought worth attempting. Australia won by three runs, and the victory, following success at Sheffield, where Hill scored 119, by far the highest innings in the match, gave them the rubber, a triumph to which Hill's amazing catch contributed to an unknown degree....

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 06:25 AM
The Ashes - 5th Test
Australia v England
Australia won by 6 wickets
Test no. 57 | 1897/98 season
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground
26,28 February, 1,2 March 1898 (timeless match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62452.html)


Australia won the 5-match series 4-1
Darling's hundred took only 91 minutes.
Tom Richardson ended his Test career by returning his best analysis. His 88 wickets in only 14 matches included 11 instances of five or more in an innings.
Darling was the first batsman to score three hundreds in the same Test rubber and the first to aggregate 500 runs in one


Who hit the first six in Test history? asked Erik Verhagen from Holland

Prior to 1910 the ball had to be hit out of the ground for six runs to be awarded, otherwise it was a four (although for a while the custom in Australia had been to award five runs for a hit over the ropes, with the batsman losing the strike). The first to collect a six by hitting the ball out of the ground in a Test was the Australian Joe Darling, during his 178 against England at Adelaide in 1897-98. The South Australian Register reported that Darling moved from 98 to 104 with "a hit to square leg which sent the ball sailing out of the Oval" off the slow left-armer Johnny Briggs. He also hit Briggs twice over the rope for fives. In 1902 Darling, by then Australia's captain, was also the first to hit an out-of-the-ground six in a Test in England: he hit two during his 51 at Old Trafford.

Link (http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/234084.html)

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 06:38 AM
England in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test
South Africa v England
England won by 32 runs
Test no. 58 | 1898/99 season
Played at Old Wanderers, Johannesburg
14,15,16 February 1899 (3-day match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62453.html)



England led the 2-match series 1-0
Balls per over 5
Warner was the first to carry his bat through a completed innings on debut for England.
AE Trott was making his debut for England after appearing in three Tests for Australia .



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Lord Hawke (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/14101.html) captained the side. Although he scored a duck and 5 in this match, much remains to be said about his career and philosophy.

Cricket," he once wrote, "is a moral lesson in itself, and the classroom is God's air and sunshine. Foster it, my brothers, protect it from anything that will sully it, so that it will be in favour with all men.'

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 06:47 AM
England in South Africa Test Series - 2nd Test
South Africa v England
England won by 210 runs
Test no. 59 | 1898/99 season
Played at Newlands, Cape Town
1,3,4 April 1899 (3-day match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62454.html)


In spite of being all out for 92 in first innings, England gave a 210 drubbing.
South Africa folded for a miserable 35 in the second innings.
Sinclair, having scored South Africa's first Test fifty in the previous match, hit his country's first Test hundred - his first in first-class cricket. He also became the first player to score a century and take six wickets in the first innings of the same Test.
South Africa's second innings lasted only 114 balls.

James Hugh Sinclair (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/47195.html)
More on Sinclair (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/155523.html)

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 06:55 AM
The Ashes - 1st Test
England v Australia
Match drawn
Test no. 60 | 1899 season
Played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
1,2,3 June 1899 (3-day match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62455.html)


The first five-match rubber in England began with the first Test ever staged at Nottingham.
WG Grace, playing his last Test was 50 years and 320 days old when the match ended; only W Rhodes played Test cricket at a greater age, and by coincidence, he was making his debut in Grace's last match.

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Wilfred Rhodes (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/19376.html)

"Best ball on a `sticky' pitch is a spinnin' half-volley," such was his doctrine. And he bowled to his field with the precision of high mathematics.

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 07:13 AM
The Ashes - 2nd Test
England v Australia
Australia won by 10 wickets
Test no. 61 | 1899 season
Played at Lord's, London
15,16,17 June 1899 (3-day match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62456.html)


Trumper, aged 21, scored a chanceless 135* in his second Test Match.
Jones returned the best figures of his 19 match career.

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Victor Trumper (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/7980.html)

...For this reason Trumper was, in proportion, more to be feared on treacherous wickets than on fast, true ones. No matter how bad the pitch might be from the combined effects of rain and sunshine, he was quite likely to get 50 runs, his skill in pulling good-length balls amounting to genius....

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...."A certain English batsman, vintage 1950, looked at this picture in my company and said: 'Was he really any good?' 'Why do you ask?' was my natural question. 'Well,' said this International, 'just look where he is - stumped by yards if he misses.' This sceptical England batsman had never in his life been so far out of his crease."...

from The man who was the Golden Age (http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/433241.html)

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 07:19 AM
The Ashes - 3rd Test
England v Australia
Match drawn
Test no. 62 | 1899 season
Played at Headingley, Leeds
29,30 June, 1 July 1899 (3-day match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62457.html)


Briggs suffered a violent fit on the first night of this first Test in Yorkshire, was detained in Cheadle Asylum and played no further cricket until the next season.
Hearne did the hat-trick in the second innings when he dismissed Hill, Gregory and Noble for 'ducks'.
England required a further 158 runs for victory when rain caused the final day's play to be abandoned.

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John Thomas Hearne (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/14133.html)

...The sensation of the match came when the Australians went in for the second time. Worrall and Darling opened the innings in such style that 34 runs were scored in twenty minutes. Then, however, there came an astounding collapse. Worrall, at 34, was well caught in the deep field and in the following over J. T. Hearne did the hat trick. With the third ball be bowled Clement Hill; from the fourth Gregory was caught at extra slip, and from the fifth, amid indescribable excitement, Noble was caught at slip by Ranjitsinhji....Almanack (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/151880.html)

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 07:22 AM
The Ashes - 4th Test
England v Australia
Match drawn
Test no. 63 | 1899 season
Played at Old Trafford, Manchester
17,18,19 July 1899 (3-day match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62458.html)



Australia led the 5-match series 1-0
Hayward made 130

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Tom Hayward (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/14119.html)

...Born at Cambridge on March 29, 1871, he belonged to a family which lived for many generations at Mitcham; both his father and grandfather appeared in the Surrey XI. Like his famous uncle he played in beautiful style. Using a straight bat he possessed all the qualities essential for success at the wicket -- unlimited patience, admirable judgment, watchfulness and strong defence. While he scored all round the wicket, his chief strokes were the cut and the off-drive. It may be questioned whether anyone ever surpassed him in making the off-drive, the stroke being executed delightfully and so admirably timed that the ball was rarely lifted. Of good height and build Hayward had remarkable powers of endurance. He first appeared for Surrey in a county match in 1893 and in 1898 played his greatest innings -- 315 not out against Lancashire at The Oval....

....Hayward was the first batsman after W. G. Grace to complete 100 centuries, and altogether he reached three figures on 104 occasions, 58 times at The Oval and 88 for Surrey....

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 07:35 AM
The Ashes - 5th Test
England v Australia
Match drawn
Test no. 64 | 1899 season
Played at Kennington Oval, London
14,15,16 August 1899 (3-day match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62459.html)



Hayward shone again with 137
Australia followed-on
Lockwood took 7 against Australia

William Henry Lockwood (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/16328.html)

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...Among his many triumphs was one for the Players against the Gentlemen at Lord's in 1902, when in addition to taking nine wickets for less than twelve runs apiece, he put together an innings of 100.

Zeeshan
August 27, 2011, 07:37 AM
And that concludes our cricket history for 1800s.
For turn of the century matches, stay tuned tomorrow folks.

Night_wolf
August 27, 2011, 09:02 AM
man if only u had put half an effort like this u would have had a dozen gfs by now!...anyway nice job as always nerd mia...great to know some history

Ashraf-FTP
August 27, 2011, 12:56 PM
ashraf baboo how iz that an on topic post....now that you have destroyed the rhythm...i have to recalcuate #of posts to #matches correspondence
and i hope it's not hard to get in your cranial matters that nothing prevents others to contribute....or stray away..

and what i have better to do or not is none of you biz...
ahh oops sorry about that boss :P Yeah you are right its none of my business what you do with your time, lol :) And I would never post if I knew it would destroy your rhythm, honestly :o

Ahemm, sorry for destroying your rhythm, again...

BANFAN
August 28, 2011, 07:24 AM
Jotil initiative .. Porte Bhalo e Lage :)

Thanks for 19th century matches, waiting for 20th century ...

Zeeshan
August 28, 2011, 03:10 PM
heheheh your beloved Gopalda is back again...@ 65 not out...

The Ashes - 1st Test
Australia v England
England won by an innings and 124 runs
Test no. 65 | 1901/02 season
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground
13,14,16 December 1901 (timeless match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62460.html)

First Test Match
Wisden home
Almanack archive home
1903 home
England v Australia 1901-02

Played at Sydney, Friday, Saturday, Monday, December 13, 14, 16.- The first Test match proved to be, from the English point of view, the event of the tour, MacLaren's team gaining a glorious and altogether unexpected victory by an innings and 124 runs. On winning the toss MacLaren went in himself with Hayward as a partner, and by dint of very good but unwontedly steady cricket the two batsmen scored 154 for the first wicket. This splendid start, however, was not by any means well followed up, and at the close of the first day six wickets had fallen for 272.....

Almanack (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153659.html)

Zeeshan
August 28, 2011, 03:17 PM
The Ashes - 2nd Test
Australia v England
Australia won by 229 runs
Test no. 66 | 1901/02 season
Played at Melbourne Cricket Ground
1,2,3,4 January 1902 (timeless match)

Duff made a 100 run 10th partnership helping Aussies beat England by 229 runs

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62461.html)

Hill played a magnificent innings, and at the drawing of stumps the score stood at 300 for nine wickets, Duff being not out 71, with Armstrong as his partner. These two players, who had taken the places filled in the match at Sydney by Charles McLeod and Laver, added 53 on the third morning, their partnership for the last wicket producing in all 120 runs. Duff, who was batting for three hours and a half, had the distinction of making a hundred in his first Test match. Moreover, in getting his 32, he showed by far the best batting while the pitch was difficult. The Englishmen wanted 405 to win, and the task proved far beyond their powers.Report (http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/153660.html)

A sturdy right-hand bat who watched the ball closely and was at the turn of the century one of Australia's best batsmen, Reggie Duff made a sensational Test debut against England at Melbourne in 1901-02 when he became the second No.10 to score a Test hundred, and only the third Australian to score a century on debut. The circumstances were unusual in that Duff was a frontline batsman who had been held back because of a sticky wicket. With Warwick Armstrong he added 120 for the last wicket as Australia won by 299 runs. He toured England in 1902 and 1905 with great success, scoring more than 1000 runs on both visits but Wisden noted that "he was never the same again after the second trip" and within two seasons he had left the first-class game even though he was still not 30. The truth was that Duff was an alcoholic whose cricket was greatly affected by his drinking. Following his retirement his condition rapidly deteriorated and he died broke and broken in 1911 aged 33. His former NSW colleagues paid for his funeral.Reggie Duff (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/4985.html)

1878
Hard-hitting Australian batsman Reggie Duff (http://www.espncricinfo.com/link_to_database/PLAYERS/AUS/D/DUFF_RA_02000255/) was born. When rain fell on his Test debut, against England at Melbourne in 1901-02, he was held back until the pitch improved - then made 104, the first century by a No. 10 batsman in Test cricket. Australia's win levelled the series. After that hundred in his first Test, he scored another in his last, top-scoring with 146 at The Oval in 1905.

Link (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/124965.html)

Zeeshan
August 28, 2011, 03:26 PM
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Australia v England
Australia won by 4 wickets
Test no. 67 | 1901/02 season
Played at Adelaide Oval
17,18,20,21,22,23 January 1902 (timeless match)

Scorecard (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/62462.html)

Nadim
August 29, 2011, 01:32 PM
60's e ase innings ta ektu slow hoye gelo....BTW great job so far...keep it up:up:
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Zeeshan
August 29, 2011, 11:48 PM
bat-ey boll ashe na...dont worry naddu....i will end up as 2000*

Naimul_Hd
September 5, 2011, 04:55 AM
RIP !

























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