Sting in the tail
An amazing turnaround at the tail-end of an amazing Test series. Australia had beaten West Indies in the first three Tests of a four-Test series, and were on top for much of the fourth one, in Antigua, having set West Indies 418 to win - higher than any total previously chased down in Test cricket. West Indies slipped to 74 for 3, and lost Brian Lara for 60 with the score on 165. But Ramnaresh Sarwan, with a feisty 105, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with 104, fought back bravely. It was left to Omari Banks and Vasbert Drakes, though, coming together at the fall of the seventh wicket with 46 still required, to finish the game off. Banks, playing just his second Test, made a spirited 47 not out, Drakes made 27 not out, and West Indies made history.
Alec Bedser and the rest of the Surrey attack must have been looking forward to putting their feet up when they reduced India to 205 for 9 in a tour match at The Oval. Enter No. 11 Shute Banerjee, who added a staggering 249 for the last wicket with Chandu Sarwate: the second-highest tenth-wicket partnership in first-class history. Both made hundreds (Banerjee 121, Sarwate 124 not out), the only instance of Nos. 10 and 11 both doing so in the same first-class innings. A shell-shocked Surrey were quickly blown away for 135 and eventually beaten by nine wickets.
There have been 29 Test hat-tricks but none quite as spectacular as the one taken by Sri Lanka's Nuwan Zoysa, who was born today. Against Zimbabwe in Harare in 1999-2000, Zoysa nailed Trevor Gripper, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson with the first three balls he bowled in the match, to leave Zimbabwe tottering on 0 for 3. Zoysa, a tall, brisk left-arm seamer, had a chequered career because of injury and the presence of Chaminda Vaas, another left-armer. The two did combine famously on one occasion, in Kandy in 1999-2000, taking three wickets apiece to reduce Australia to 60 for 7, a collapse that ultimately decided the series.
When a man scores 158 in his second Test and 106 in his third, he might reasonably expect a decent run in the side. Clive Radley, who was born today, was not quite so fortunate. A mop-haired middle-order grinder from Middlesex, Radley was already 33 when he made his England debut, and in all he played only eight Tests, ending with 77 and 0 against New Zealand at Lord's in 1978. Five months earlier had come that 158 against the same opponents, an 11-hour marathon on an Auckland shirtfront. Radley carried on for Middlesex until 1987, when he was 43.
Birth of Sew Shivnarine, the impish Guyanese allrounder who came into a West Indies team gutted by Kerry Packer. He made a couple of fifties on his Test debut, against Australia on his home ground in 1977-78, and was a handy strokeplayer at No. 6 or 7. His slow left-arm bowling, useful at first-class level, was ineffective in the Test arena, and he took only one wicket in eight Tests. He later played for USA in the ICC Trophy.
One of the most visited venues in the world, but on this day the Nursery Ground at Lord's staged its only day of first-class cricket: the third day of a MCC v Yorkshire game. Heavy rain left the main square unusable, so the authorities moved the match 100 yards. Wilfred Rhodes made 98 not out for Yorkshire in the drawn game.
Birth of the energetic Australian fast bowler Tim Wall, who played 18 Tests leading up to the Second World War. He had an outstanding debut in 1928-29, when he took 5 for 66 in the second innings to bowl England to defeat in Melbourne. He was also Australia's best bowler in the Bodyline series of 1932-33, when he took 16 wickets at an average of 25. He also took all 10 wickets in an innings that season, for South Australia against New South Wales. He died in his native Adelaide in 1981.
A South Africa spinner is born - in Yorkshire. George Glover originated from Wakefield, but moved to South Africa and eventually played for Kimberley and Griqualand West. He played one Test too, against England in Cape Town in 1895-96. Glover died in Kimberley in 1938.