May 9, 2017

Sore Bears, and bros that are foes

Also: Has anyone scored a fifty in a team score of under 100 in a Test?

Sialkot Stallions won 25 T20 games in a row between 2006 and 2010 © AFP

Has anyone ever scored a fifty in a Test innings in which his side was dismissed for under 100? asked David Roberts from England
There have been three instances of a batsman making an individual half-century in a completed team innings of less than 100. The most recent example was also the most extreme: when Sri Lanka were bowled out for 82 by India in Chandigarh in 1990-91, Asanka Gurusinha scored 52 not out, or 63.4% of the total (this remains the sixth-highest percentage by a batsman in any completed Test innings). The previous instance was also by a Sri Lankan: Arjuna Ranatunga scored 51 out of 97 (52.5%) against New Zealand in Kandy in 1983-84. And back in 1957-58, Trevor Goddard carried his bat for 56 out of South Africa's 99 (56.5%) as they slumped to an innings defeat by Australia in Cape Town.

I believe that Sialkot Stallions have the longest winning streak in all Twenty20 cricket. But who has the longest losing run? asked Arshad Mahmood from the United Arab Emirates
You're right that Sialkot Stallions have the longest winning run in T20 matches - 25 in a row, between February 2006 and October 2010. Next come the New Zealand province Otago and the Kolkata Knight Riders with 14, then Surrey with 13 in 2003 and 2004, in the early days of T20. Otago actually went 15 games without defeat, as their run of victories was ended by a tie (although they won the one-over eliminator), against the South African Lions in Jaipur in the Champions League T20 in September 2013.

The longest losing run was suffered by another team from Pakistan: the Quetta Bears lost 27 successive games between April 2005 and December 2012. Next come Jammu & Kashmir (22) and Sydney Thunder (19). J&K actually went 36 successive T20 matches without a victory: their run of 22 defeats was ended by a tie, against Punjab in Mohali in April 2014, then they lost their next 13 games as well. They finally won in January this year, beating Punjab by 26 runs in Dharamsala. Flushed with success, they won again the following day, beating Himachal Pradesh in Nadaun.

Luke Ronchi holds the record for the highest List A score by a No. 7 - 170 © Getty Images

Roelof van der Merwe scored 165 not out for Somerset in the Royal London Cup the other day. Is this the highest List A score by a No. 7 batsman? asked Savo Ceprnich from South Africa
Roelof van der Merwe's astonishing innings against Surrey in Taunton last month - he came in at 22 for 5 and slammed 165 not out - is actually the second-highest by a No. 7 batsman in all List A (senior one-day) cricket, behind only Luke Ronchi's 170 not out for New Zealand against Sri Lanka in Dunedin in 2014-15. Van der Merwe's innings was the highest by a No. 7 in England, beating Sam Billings' 135 not out from 58 balls for Kent against Somerset - also in Taunton - in 2014.

Which pair of brothers represented different countries in Tests? asked Joel Pojas from the Philippines
There are actually two instances of this. The recent one involved the fast-bowling Pattinson brothers: Darren was a rather controversial choice in one Test for England, against South Africa at Headingley in 2008, while his brother James Pattinson has so far played 17 Tests and 19 white-ball internationals for Australia. Darren was born in Grimsby, in England, but James was born in Melbourne. Interestingly, James has now followed Darren to Trent Bridge, where he has been playing for Nottinghamshire.

The Pattinsons are not quite unique, though. Back in the 19th century, when qualification rules were less rigid, Frank Hearne played for England in South Africa in 1888-89, and stayed there. He made his Test debut for South Africa in Cape Town in 1891-92 against an England team containing his brothers Alec and George, and their cousin Jack.

James (left) and Darren Pattinson aren't the only brothers to have represented two different countries in Test cricket Chris Hyde / © Getty Images

Who has scored the most runs in the Sheffield Shield? Is it still Don Bradman?! asked Craig George from Australia
Don Bradman did hold the record for runs in the Sheffield Shield - Australia's domestic first-class competition - for many years: he made 8926, at an average of 110.19, in only 62 matches, with 36 hundreds. But a lot more matches are played now - Western Australia and Tasmania did not take part in the Shield in the Don's heyday - and Bradman has been pushed down to 17th on the current list, although he was still on top until the early 1980s, when John Inverarity crept past his tally, finishing his long career with 9341 from 159 games, at an average of 38.44. In first place now is Darren Lehmann - Australia's current coach - who amassed 13,635 runs in the Sheffield Shield. He's nearly 3000 clear at the top, although there are six other batsmen with more than 10,000 runs: Jamie Cox (10,821), Jamie Siddons (10,643), Michael Bevan (10,621), Brad Hodge (10,474), Matthew Elliott (10,263) and Martin Love (10,132).

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  • Rowayton on May 19, 2017, 10:54 GMT

    Not most runs off the last ball, but... I umpired a grade game in Australia a couple of seasons back where the side batting second had to score 17 off the last over, and they won with 5 balls to spare - no ball 4, no ball six, six. The 'one' ball took about 10 minutes as the first six disappeared down the street.

  • MarkPress on May 15, 2017, 16:54 GMT

    @CRICFAN91707522 Prosper Utseya would be my favourite answer to that question. Even captained them in lots of games.

  • cricfan91707522 on May 15, 2017, 11:20 GMT

    Hey Steven!

    This might be a tough cookie. Who is the worst player to have played the most one day internationals in cricket? Maybe parameters would be lowest batting and bowling average after playing numerous games.

  • Mohsin on May 14, 2017, 15:38 GMT

    Hi Steven, Pakistan handed a debut to exactly one player in each of the three Tests against the West Indies. Has it ever happened before in a minimum three Test series?

  • TrophyThief on May 14, 2017, 9:00 GMT

    Which are the strongest premier league teams that have played?

  • Pelham_Barton on May 13, 2017, 8:51 GMT

    sanjeev123 on May 13, 2017, 7:05 GMT: You can add South Africa to the list of countries for whom a Taylor has played. Just looking at Test cricket, I cannot find a Smith for Zimbabwe. If you include ODIs, you need to add Bermuda and Scotland for the Smiths and Scotland for the Taylors (making 7 countries for each name). Including International T20 does not add any further countries for either name.

  • sanjeev123 on May 13, 2017, 7:05 GMT

    Players with same 'Last name' playing for different countries. I believe the 'Last name' Taylor is associated with players of at least 5 different countries playing International cricket (James-ENG, Jerome-WI, Mark-AUS, Ross-NZ, Brendon-ZIM). Is it the surname with maximum no. of players playing internationa cricket for different countries? How about the Smiths?

  • suyashraj on May 12, 2017, 13:25 GMT

    What is the least number of runs scored in the last stipulated over of a limited overs match when all 6 balls were bowled, especially in the first innings? Has there been a maiden or a wicket-maiden? Please search for ODIs, T20Is and T20s.

    I've asked this question many times, but it hasn't been included in the column yet. Kindly answer this time.

  • Pelham_Barton on May 12, 2017, 8:41 GMT

    AliBukhari on May 11, 2017, 21:21 GMT: I would like to see some evidence to back up your claim. The remedy is in Law 18.5 concerning deliberate short runs. It is too long to quote in full here, but first offence no runs are scored and a warning is given, subsequent offences in the same innings, no runs scored and 5 penalty runs to the fielding side. The playing conditions for international matches uphold this law.

  • MartinBriggs on May 12, 2017, 8:32 GMT

    @ALIBUKHARI - There is no 'minimum distance' for a run to be considered as short, but rather the umpires' judgement of intent as to how to deal with it. The basic premise of batsmen scoring a run(s) is to cross and make their ground (crease) at the other end. If considered unintentional, a short run is signalled - if two are run, only one would count. However, if the umpire at that end considered the short run to be deliberate (i.e. to intentionally retain the strike whilst still hoping to be credited with the second run), then ALL runs off that ball would be disallowed, the batsmen returned to their original ends (if applicable) and they would receive a first and final warning of unfair play. If the batsmen infringe again, the umpire's actions would be repeated (except the warning) and 5 penalty runs awarded to the fielding side for each offence. This is covered in Law 18.5. I seem to remember Harbhajan Singh caused a stir a few tears ago (in the IPL maybe?) by appearing to do so.

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