Trivia - batting December 18, 2007

The Monopolists

Some of the more intriguing Test records cannot be found by looking at traditional scorecards

Some of the more intriguing Test records cannot be found by looking at traditional scorecards. Hat-tricks are a prime example, but there are endless possibilities. I recently came across a case, at The Oval in 1886, of WG Grace scoring 60 runs while his batting partner, W Scotton, remained scoreless, stuck on 21. I wondered, what is the greatest number of runs scored while one batsman remained scoreless? I knew of one example greater than Grace: in his legendary 232 at Trent Bridge in 1938, Stan McCabe scored the last 66 runs of the Australian innings, while batting with Chuck Fleetwood-Smith.

Are there any modern parallels? This is where Cricinfo’s ball-by-ball archive, with more than 400 Tests since 1999, comes in. Make a suitable database out this archive and it can be searched for feats like this.

It’s not as simple as it sounds, but some results are in. Bear in mind also that the archive was set up more as a detailed commentary than an “official” statistical source, and contains gaps. Anyway, here are some results for extreme domination of scoring.

Monopolising scoring in Tests since 1999
Batsman (Total score) Runs Incl extras Scoreless partner (s) Versus Venue & year
Mohammad Yousuf (112) 67 74 Moin Khan, Mohammad Sami,
Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Akhtar
India Multan, 2004
Adam Gilchrist (138*) 65 69 Shane Warne, Brett Lee,
Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath
South Africa Cape Town, 2002
Kumar Sangakkara (100*) 64 66 Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan New Zealand Christchurch, 2006
Sanath Jayasuriya (253) 58 70 Dilhara Fernando Pakistan Faisalabad, 2004
Andy Flower (183*) 56 63 Henry Olonga India Delhi, 2000
Tatenda Taibu (153) 52 54 Douglas Hondo Bangladesh Dhaka, 2005
Justin Langer (123) 51 56 Matthew Hayden New Zealand Hobart, 2001
Tapash Baisya (66) 51 51 Mohammad Rafique, Enamul Haque jr New Zealand Chittagong, 2004

Mohammad Yousuf went from 23 to 90 in 22 overs in that Multan Test, and saw three wickets fall while his partners added nothing, so that edges out McCabe as the most extreme case. McCabe, though, totally monopolised the scoring; there were no extras. Fleetwood-Smith still holds the record for watching his partner score while not scoring himself, although the total of 66 runs was exceeded by Dilhara Fernando if you include extras.

Perhaps the most remarkable example is the Langer-Hayden case, given that Hayden is normally such a heavy hitter. To find a more extreme example of one recognised batsman outscoring another, you have to go back to WG in that Oval Test of 1886. (Langer, incidentally, was the first batsman to reach a half-century in the first 10 overs of a Test match, a feat since emulated by Marcus Trescothick).

Readers who know of (or suspect) other extreme cases are invited to suggest them.

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  • testli5504537 on March 15, 2008, 5:28 GMT

    please check if kapil's 175 and viv's 189 (especially the last wicket stand) were one sided? i think the total was about 250 in those cases..

  • testli5504537 on January 9, 2008, 10:51 GMT

    Bit late, sorry, but re jay's point on Dec 19, are you sure? The only county East played for was Essex, and assuming you mean Javed Miandad, he never played for them.?

  • testli5504537 on December 20, 2007, 4:20 GMT

    Cool blog...this isn't exactly the case you mention above but I remember that in the 1st ODI of the 2004 Ind-Pak series,the Sehwag-Ganguly partnership had Sehwag scoring 47 runs before Ganguly even faced a ball...wouldn't that qualify as domination too? ..I know it's not the exact same case but I haven't found that happening anywhere the way,excelllent work..we always support cricinfo..

  • testli5504537 on December 19, 2007, 21:56 GMT

    The game with Geoff Allotts duck is not on here because Harry only managed to score about 30. The partnership lasted a touch over 27 overs but they only scored 32 runs.

  • testli5504537 on December 19, 2007, 18:19 GMT

    I remember one match, Pakistan in Autralia, in late seventies or early eighties where Asif Iqbal scored a century in last wicket parnership of more than hundred with Iqbal Qasim scoring only 4.

  • testli5504537 on December 19, 2007, 17:25 GMT

    what about the one day match (pak vs Srilanka, Apr 7,1996)in which kaluwitharana was scoreless while jayasuriya scoered 69 with one 1 extra.

  • testli5504537 on December 19, 2007, 13:32 GMT

    good job man... as for the one-days, i think once Romesh Kaluwitharna got out for a duck (bold by Aaqib Javed) when Srilanka had scored 70 for the first wicket against pakistan. can you kindly check if thats a record

  • testli5504537 on December 19, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    During a county match, Javed Miandad famously took his team's score from 222 to 270 in eight overs - 48 runs - without his partner Ray East facing a single delivery. Coming in at 222, East was out for a first ball duck with the score at 270.

  • testli5504537 on December 19, 2007, 8:57 GMT

    Danny Morrison ended up on 10-20 not out in that game (his last test) I think.

    Geoff Allott did definitely have the longest duck though, and I'm pretty sure he batted at number 11, meaning whoever he was with (Astle again? Can't remember) must have made a few to his none.

  • testli5504537 on December 19, 2007, 8:13 GMT

    I had actually been wondering about this; since AB de Villiers managed about 30 with scoreless partners in Pakistan in September.

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