July 2 down the years

All out for 25

Ireland down West Indies

Ireland's original cricketing success story © AFP

The day David slayed Goliath. West Indies of 1969 weren't quite the West Indies of 1979, but against Ireland, they would have expected a very easy time . But thanks to the luck of the Irish, or whatever, the crowd at Londonderry witnessed an astonishing day's play. The match was a one-day, two-innings affair, which in the event of a draw would be won by the team that led on first innings. With five of the players who had just drawn the Lord's Test, West Indies were demolished for just 25. Ireland's captain, Dougie Goodwin, took 5 for 6, and Alec O'Riordan 4 for 18. West Indies set out for a jolly thrash, but were soon 12 for 9, before a sterling last-wicket stand of 13. Then, after Ireland made 125 for 8, West Indies slipped to 2 for 2 before salvaging some pride. Goodwin's match figures were an astonishing 14.5-9-7-7. Thirty-five years later, this time in a 50-over game, came another famous triumph for the underdogs in a match against the same sides, when Ireland romped home by six wickets.

The beginning of a momentous innings from Basil Butcher. In the third Test against England at Trent Bridge, Butcher came to the crease with West Indies 65 for 2 in their second innings, still 35 behind England. He was still there eight hours later, having made a superb 209 not out. It took West Indies to 483 for 5 declared, and eventually to a 139-run victory.

Denis Compton's biggest Test score. Pakistan felt the full force of Compton's Brylcreem-sleek strokeplay at Trent Bridge as he carted them for 278 in less than five hours. It was imperious stuff, including a six and 33 fours. Bob Appleyard chipped in with seven wickets, and England won comfortably by an innings.

Middlesex seamer Richard Johnson took all ten against Derbyshire but even he didn't think it was a remarkable feat. Derby and Middlesex had racked up a total of 889 runs in their first innings, and facing an innings deficit, Derby's top order went on the attack. At tea, the 19-year-old Johnson had seven wickets and only then did it cross anyone's mind that he could become the first bowler to take a ten-for since 1964 (and the 56th in all). At this point Middlesex captain Mike Gatting brought Desmond Haynes on to bowl so that no wickets would fall at the other end. Devon Malcolm almost ruined Gatting's efforts by slashing wildly and nearly getting himself bowled by Haynes before Johnson wrapped things up with Matthew Taylor's wicket in the next over.

A landmark day for Peter May, who equalled Frank Woolley's record of 52 consecutive Test appearances. May then missed the next game. The record has been shattered many times over since, and Allan Border now leads the way with 153. In this match, at Headingley, England walloped India by an innings and 173 runs. Their second-innings destroyer was the unlikely figure of Brian Close, who took a Test-best 4 for 35 with his brisk offspin.

A memorable day for Worcestershire wicketkeeper Hugo Yarnold in Dundee. He made six stumpings in the second innings against Scotland, a first-class record that still stands.

Other birthdays
1858 Reginald Allen (Australia)
1882 Edgar Mayne (Australia)
1907 Leo O'Brien (Australia)
1928 Neil Dansie (Australia)
1934 Ivan Madray (West Indies)
1952 Herbert Chang (West Indies)
1962 Neil Williams (England)
1970 Arati Vaidya (India)
1979 Michael Papps (New Zealand)