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4 March 1999
Allott's runs match wickets
The Christchurch Press
World longest duck record holder Geoff Allott is involved in an intriguing contest, whether he will collect 100 wickets or 100 runs first in first-class cricket.
Since he made his first-class debut for Canterbury in 1994-95, Allott has scored runs at No. 11 at about the same rate he has collected wickets, his primary role as a new-ball strike bowler.
After the drawn first test between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park which ended yesterday, Allott had taken 87 first-class wickets and scored 83 runs.
Allott added a fourth duck to his test tally in seven matches, while batting for a world record 101 minutes for 0 in the Black Caps' first innings.
"There is a bit of a standing joke about my runs and wickets with the boys," Allott said.
In a nice touch, appreciated by the affable Allott, the scorers yesterday presented him with a copy of his 'run' chart, featuring the world marks he broke along the way and balls from bowlers faced, to preserve for posterity.
The last cricketer to be involved in a similar battle was Wellington and New Zealand pace bowler and notable tailender Ewen Chatfield.
Source :: The Christchurch Press (http://www.press.co.nz/)
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