When Trumble made 'em tumble
Birth of the first man to take two Test hat-tricks. Australian offspinner Hugh Trumble managed them both on his home ground in Melbourne - and both against England too, in 1901-02 and 1903-04. An extremely tall man who made the ball rip spitefully on wet wickets, Trumble's finest performance came in defeat, when he took 12 for 89 against England at The Oval in 1896. After Trumble's efforts, Australia were left chasing 111 to win; they collapsed to 19 for 8 and were eventually all out for 44. He also bowled England to defeat with 7 for 28 in his final first-class match, the Melbourne Test of 1903-04, when he took his second hat-trick. Trumble died in Melbourne in 1938.
Thomas Odoyo, born today, was the first player from a non-Test playing team to achieve the double of 1500 runs and 100 wickets in ODIs. For several years he formed a reliable new-ball partnership with Martin Suji, and in 1997-98 he shared in a then-world record ODI stand for the seventh-wicket, of 119, with his brother Tony against Zimbabwe. His consistent performances led to him winning the inaugural ICC Associate ODI Player of the Year in 2007.
Birth of Robert Key, who was marked for great things ever since he helped England win the Under-19 World Cup in 1998, but with a top score of 47 from his first eight Tests (in 2002 and 2003), he didn't live up to the expectations. In 2004, however, he burst back into the limelight, scoring 1000 first-class runs by the second day of June, and cracking a magnificent 221 against West Indies at Lord's, in his first Test appearance for over a year. The jury was still out after a hit-and-miss winter in South Africa in 2004-05 and Key lost his place in the Test side, but he continued scoring for Kent, for whom he was appointed captain in 2006.
Though he made a century on first-class debut Kieron Pollard, born today, is better known for his Twenty20 exploits. In fact, that first hundred included 11 fours and seven sixes. Pollard made his one-day debut in the 2007 World Cup and then secured a US$750,000 IPL contract with the Mumbai Indians. But for all his big-hitting he only scored his first one-day hundred in his 51st match, in 2011. The year before that Pollard, along with Dwayne Bravo, did as many feared, and turned down a West Indies central contract so he could play in Twenty20 leagues around the world. Apart from the IPL, Pollard looks in at Australia's Big Bash, England's Twenty20 Cup and the Bangladesh Premier League.
James Parks, who was born today, was an outstanding allrounder for Sussex, and in first-class cricket he scored over 20,000 runs and took more than 800 wickets. In 1937 he scored 3003 runs and took 101 wickets, a unique performance. He only played one Test, though, against New Zealand at Lord's that year, when he trapped the great Martin Donnelly for 0 in Donnelly's first Test innings. Parks' son Jim also played for England, and his grandson Bobby for Hampshire. Parks died in Sussex in 1980.
Against MCC, Sussex's Jesse Hide became only the fourth man to take four wickets in four balls - and the first to do so at Lord's. He was not the last to do so at Lord's, though: Frederick Martin achieved the feat for MCC against Derbyshire in 1895, and 12 years later Albert Trott did it in his benefit game, for Middlesex and Somerset. Just for good measure, Trott took another hat-trick in the same innings.
A debut centurion is born. Guyanese opener Len Baichan was unfortunate not to play more than three Tests for West Indies, having made a match-saving 105 not out on his debut, against Pakistan in Lahore in 1974-75. But with Roy Fredericks and Gordon Greenidge on the scene, Baichan struggled to bed down a place. He was inked in for the opener's role on West Indies' tour of India in 1974-75, but a car crash put paid to his participation. Greenidge stepped into the breach, scoring 93 and 107 on debut, and never looked back. Baichan ended with a Test average of 46, a first-class average of 51, and plenty of thoughts as to what might have been had Greenidge taken the chance to play for England.
Birth of Frank de Caires, the right-hand middle-order batsman who made 80 and 70 in the first Test played in the Caribbean, against England in Barbados in 1929-30. De Caires played only three Tests, though, the last of them in Jamaica in the same series. He died in British Guiana in 1959.
The day Mark Lavine, a Barbadian-born allrounder, died after he suffered a heart attack in the Birmingham League. A cousin of Gordon Greenidge, Lavine made his first-class debut for Barbados in 1992-93. He later settled in South Africa.