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Sri Lanka's Headingley high

A historic series win with a ball to spare

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2014
The day Sri Lanka won a Test, and a series, with a ball to spare. With the penultimate ball of a gripping final day at Headingley, Shaminda Eranga dismissed James Anderson to give Sri Lanka their first series victory in England (in a series of more than a Test). England seemed to have the match in control on the second day but a collapse of 8 for 87, followed by a century from Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and an inspired spell from seamer Dhammika Prasad left them tottering at 57 for 5, chasing 350. England were able to prolong the match thanks mainly to Moeen Ali's defiant maiden Test century but it was eventually submerged by Sri Lankan cheers. The win also meant Sri Lanka finished with a clean sweep on the tour after victories in the T20 and one-day series.

1974
India's lowest score - and the lowest total at Lord's. Following on 327 runs behind England in the second Test, India were blown away for just 42 in 17 overs on an overcast Monday morning. Geoff Arnold grabbed 4 for 19 and Chris Old 5 for 21. Arnold was only called into the side at the 11th hour, when Bob Willis withdrew with a back injury. Eknath Solkar, who made 18, was the only Indian batsman to reach double figures.

1912
Brian Johnston, who was born today, worked on BBC TV's Test-match team from 1946 to 1970, but he will always be remembered for being the voice of Test Match Special on the radio. Johnston's juvenile warmth, and love of double entendres and practical jokes, often overshadowed his brilliant spontaneity and total professionalism as a broadcaster.

1941
Among Australian seamers, only five have taken more Test wickets than the lanky Western Australian Graham "Garth" McKenzie, who was born today. He took 246 in all, and from the moment he played a match-winning hand on his debut, at Lord's in 1961 - with second-innings figures of 29-13-37-5 on his 20th birthday - he was a regular in the side. The gentlest of giants, and effortless and stylish in his action, McKenzie's craft made him superb on benign pitches (in India and Pakistan he took 42 wickets at an average of 19), and he was also a significant match-winner: when Australia won he had 112 wickets at 19; when they lost just 35 wickets at 57. He later married a South African and settled in Johannesburg.

1960
The only Lord's Test hat-trick. In only his second Test, South Africa's Geoff Griffin dismissed MJK Smith, Peter Walker and Fred Trueman with consecutive deliveries - but this was also the day he bowled his last ball in Tests. Griffin was no-balled for throwing 11 times, having previously been called 17 times in a tour match. He played no further Tests and did not bowl again on the tour.

1968
Another Lord's demolition. Australia were bowled out for just 78, their lowest score at Lord's in the 20th century. Their destroyers were not, as might have been expected, John Snow and Derek Underwood, but David Brown (5 for 42) and Barry Knight (3 for 16). Rain saved the Aussies, but Underwood had some fun in the second innings, in a spell of 18-15-8-2.

1938
The first televised Test match, between England and Australia at Lord's. The Cricketer reported that "the enthusiasm was tremendous and the famous ground looked its best in the warmth and sunshine, and the giant fire escape at the East corner beyond the Mound brought the wizardry of Television very palpably before everyone's eyes". The teams played out a high-scoring draw in what was the second of a five-match series, with Wally Hammond striking 240 to lift England to 494 in the first innings. England headed into the final match at The Oval 1-0 down, but pulled off victory to draw the series.

1986
He may look like a supermodel, but Stuart Broad, born today, is an effective fast bowler who uses his 6ft 5in to gain steep bounce. An Ashes-clinching five-for at The Oval and six more in Durban in 2009 turned him into England's spearhead alongside James Anderson. For some time he was the side's designated "Enforcer", unsettling batsmen with bouncers while others focused on swinging and pitching the ball up. He also worked on his batting and made England's tail particularly bothersome for opposition bowlers - scoring his maiden Test hundred at Lord's against Pakistan in 2010. The next year Broad took a hat-trick at Trent Bridge in a match-haul of 8 for 76 against India.

1985
Birth of the bowler who became the second-fastest to 50 Test wickets (from just seven matches). The first of those games for Vernon Philander was the famous Cape Town Test in 2011, in which South Africa were bowled out for 96 and Australia for 47 - Philander taking 5 for 15. He got ten against Sri Lanka in his third Test and picked up his next five-for two Tests later. With six five-fors in his first seven Tests, he reached 50 wickets only 139 days from his debut.

1989
A glorious day for Australia at Lord's. They began the third day of the second Test, on 276 for 6, 10 runs behind England, but the ominous figure of Steve Waugh was still at the crease. He added 66 with Merv Hughes, 50 with Trevor Hohns, and most gallingly of all, 130 with Geoff Lawson, who thumped 74 off only 94 balls. Waugh ended up on 152, taking his series tally to 329 runs without being dismissed, and England trailed by 242. By the close they were 58 for 3 and it was as good as over, even though David Gower (106) and Robin Smith - who was bowled by Terry Alderman four short of his first Test hundred - did salvage some pride.

2000
Pakistan pummelled Sri Lanka by an innings and 163 runs in the second Test, in Galle. Four of their batsmen - Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Wasim Akram - made centuries, Wasim's off only 88 balls, and Abdul Razzaq became the youngest man to take a Test hat-trick. He was just 20 years 201 days old.

Other birthdays
1948 Dave Orchard (Australia)
1982 Brenton Parchment (West Indies)
1967 Darren Bicknell (England)
1972 Birgit Viguurs (Netherlands)
1974 Avril Fahey (Australia)

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