Partners in prose

Some names that go well together on a scorecard, conjuring up visions of food, music or even spy movies

Steven Lynch

August 13, 2012

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Phil Mustard and Graham Onions sit side by side for a Durham squad photo, April 6, 2010
Phil Mustard and Graham Onions: a tasty combo © Getty Images

Blowin' in the wind ...
The allrounder Gareth Breese, who later played for Durham, won his only Test cap against India in Chennai in October 2002, when one of his team-mates was Chris Gayle. They had turned out together quite a few times for Jamaica - but now Breese and Gayle were playing for the Windies.

c Beet b Root
Derbyshire's teams either side of the Great War often featured wicketkeeper George Beet and Fred Root, a medium-pacer who later played for England after moving to Worcester. Although Beet was a keeper, there was only one instance of "c Beet b Root" for epicures to savour, the unfortunate batsman being Herbert Chaplin (another name to conjure with!) of Sussex at Derby in 1913.

Lillee c Willey b Dilley
This famous scorebook entry was recorded - not long after a commentator had pointed out the possibility of it happening - during the second innings of the first Test between Australia and England in Brisbane in 1979-80. It couldn't have happened before: this was Graham Dilley's Test debut. At Lord's in 1980 Viv Richards was "c Dilley b Willey" - Dilley was fielding as a substitute at the time.

Horne and Bell
In the Boxing Day Test against India in Wellington in 1998, New Zealand's batting was opened by the musical pair of Matthew Bell and Matt Horne. They played in seven further Tests together. And music lovers in New Zealand this winter could well be entertained by a battle between Andrew Strauss of England and the Kiwis' new South African-born fast bowler Neil Wagner.

Cook c Mustard b Onions
In a county game between Kent and Durham in 2007, Simon Cook was caught behind by keeper Phil Mustard off the bowling of the England fast bowler Graham Onions. All the Durham pair need for the ultimate fast-food feast is to come up against the Namibian allrounder Kola Burger.

Lee c Lee b Lee
During a Championship match at Lord's in June 1933, the Middlesex batsman Harry Lee was caught by his brother Frank off the bowling of another brother, Jack: the unique scorecard entry was "HW Lee c FS Lee b JW Lee 82". Harry later wrote: "I do not believe that brothers had ever before behaved so unbrotherly in a first-class game."

Lamb c Kourie b Rice
Playing for Western Province against Transvaal in Johannesburg in February 1980, Allan Lamb was caught by Alan Kourie off the bowling of Clive Rice. This was in the final of South Africa's domestic competition - but, sadly, the one-day one rather than the Currie Cup (in which Lamb was once c Cook b Rice for 130).

Butcher and Baker
Surrey in the 1970s often fielded teams including both Alan Butcher, the batsman who later played for England and now coaches Zimbabwe, and fast-medium bowler Ray Baker. John Arlott once mused on TV: "Butcher, Baker... but no sign of the candlestick maker."

Marks v Spencer
Playing for Oxford University against Sussex in the Parks in 1975, the future England offspinner Vic Marks was dismissed in each innings (caught by John Snow both times) by the burly medium-pacer John Spencer. In the same fixture the following year, played at Pagham, Victor returned the favour: Spencer b Marks 6.

Shane Bond celebrates after bowling Brian Lara, New Zealand v West Indies, 1st Test, Auckland, 4th day, March 12, 2006
Fleming and Bond: you can't hide from them © Getty Images

Money, money, money
Bangladesh's new-ball pair in their one-day international against Zimbabwe in Mirpur in October 2009 were Dolar Mahmud and Rubel Hossain. It set off memories of Paul Franks and Vic Marks (again), not to mention the 1960s Glamorgan offspinner Euros Lewis...

Fleming and Bond
James Dignan, a frequent contributor to the Ask Steven page on Facebook (and thanks to other regulars for their suggestions for this article), recalled: "I still love the time when Henry Blofeld was commentating on a New Zealand Test involving [Stephen] Fleming and [Shane] Bond."

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Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

During the recent IPL,this one could have happened,but it didn't .

Chandidas C- Chandimal B - Chandila (Chandidas- double "Chandied")

But,poor Dinesh Chandimal never got a single game for RR : (

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

How about this:

V.V.S Laxman C- U.W.M.B.C.A.Welegedera B- W.P.U.J.C Vaas

Posted by ambrishsundaram on (August 16, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Not sure how many instances of these have occurred when Sri Lanka played but they would make an interesting pair.... c J.R.Ratnayeke b R.J.Ratnayeke and vice versa - c R.J.Ratnayeke b J.R.Ratnayeke....

Posted by NonStriker on (August 16, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

And then there was this: "The bowler's Holding the batsman's Willey"... supposedly uttered by Johnners at the Oval in 1976

Posted by balajik1968 on (August 15, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Here's one for the gourmets. Wood, Rice, Wessels, Cook, Lamb, Butcher, Mustard, Onions, Root, Baker, Swan(n).

Posted by pchats_2000 on (August 15, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

One small question, do we have something connecting Holford, Holder & Holding. Since these three played together for sometime, atleast in domestic cricket.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

I guess on S.Africa's readmission to International cricket..they opened with Kepler "Wessels" and Jimmy "Cook", and also had Clive "Rice" in there for the initial few ODIs in India.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

......awesome:D cheesy :P

Posted by Jonathan_E on (August 14, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

England's 1948-49 tour of South Africa had two (unrelated) players called Mann: FG "George" was a middle-order batsman for England, NBF "Tufty" a slow left-arm spinner for South Africa. A particularly testing spell bowled by Tufty to George, eventually finishing with his dismissal, was memorably described by John Arlott as "Mann's inhumanity to Mann": however George returned the favour in the fifth test of the series, scoring an unbeaten century in the first innings, a fair amount of it off Tufty's bowling... although he was dismissed by Tufty for 2 in the second.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

And don't forget on their tour to NZ, the Zimbabweans lost their 1st wicket of that tour c James b Bond. And the score at the fall of that wicket - 007!

Posted by Baddabing on (August 14, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

I was rather surprised to hear about 15-20 years ago England opening the bowling with 2 former Australian prime ministers.....Malcolm Fraser and Gough!

Posted by Engle on (August 14, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

In English CC, recall an entry : c Lever b East (clever beast)

Posted by Jonathan_E on (August 14, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

Further to the previous comment about JF Reid and JG Wright: Although both players scored several centuries for New Zealand, they never did so in the same innings. The closest they came was when Wright scored a hundred and Reid was out for 97 - one of only two century partnerships put up by the pair.

Alex TUDOR, in his few matches for England, often played alongside Alec STEWART - in fact there were a few cases of "c Stewart b Tudor". (Okay, Stewart is not the usual spelling used by the British royal dynasty of that name, but they were known to use it as a variant of the more common Stuart - spelling not being exactly fixed.)

Posted by Jonathan_E on (August 14, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

New Zealand must be a fairly literary team: they have been captained, in their history, by both Reid (JR) and Wright (JG).

Wright also spent several games in the same team as the unrelated JF Reid - including a few batting partnerships between the pair (in fact they batted together - briefly - in both the first and last matches of Reid's career, and there surely must have been other occasions: hopefully at least one where their partnership lasted longer.) In JF Reid's final series, one of the opposing bowlers was his cousin - BA Reid, playing for Australia.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

what about C Flower B Vass

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

In Ireland we have long delighted in the number of times that Johnston, Mooney & O'Brien have taken the field together!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

I think there was one with 'c R Sharma b R Sharma' after Rahul Sharma's Debut, the other one (fielder) being Rohit.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Lillee c Willey b Dilley , the way the commentator pronounced it was the best!

Posted by Dashgar on (August 13, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

@Sameer, stay patient, Jeetan has been picked for NZ.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Ramayan Epic during Windies tour to India in 2011-12

Laxman C Bharat b Ram (paul)

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

great article indeed....wish kp plays in the odis against saffers and gets caught by alviro peterson on the bowling of robin peterson....then the scorecard would read... pieterson c peterson b peterson lolzzz

Posted by YogifromNY on (August 13, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Hahaha! Definitely an article to bookmark and to savor from time to time in future. Thanks, Steven!

Posted by sameer111111 on (August 13, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

was hoping in recent England ODI India series for Samit c Parthiv b Munaf. Alas, didn't happen.

Posted by TheCricketLady on (August 13, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

If Richard Levi decided to move to England, the Poms would then field the well-tailored opening partnership of Levi-Strauss.

Posted by Cricinfo-Editorial on (August 13, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Good suggestion by thekaxk. That entry - caught Knott bowled Old - occurred 22 times in Test cricket. Alan Knott and Chris Old played 33 Tests together

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

I seem to remember Darren Maddy and Matt Prior opening the batting for England in an ODI a few years ago. This led to top of the order on the score card reading the name of fragrent folk singer and vocalist with Steeleye Span, Maddy Prior!

Posted by Usm93 on (August 13, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

@Nag Pavan ahahahahhaha really nice one this XD

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Oh man, here I am home alone, with no equipment to cook and my Mom away, and I see this?

Posted by allblue on (August 13, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Unfortunately their careers did not quite overlap so we never saw Batty c Ball b Bowler on the scorecard in County cricket!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

C Nixon b Agnew appeared in the leicestershire scorecards for students of US politics

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

With reference to your Bond entry, don't forget that Henry's Dad was in fact a friend of Ian Fleming and Bond's nemesis was actually named after Blofeld senior.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Hilarious post indeed! Never imagined one you would come up with this, Steve!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

One of the Lancashire v Durham matches in the 2011 season not only featured Mustard and Onions, but also Cross and Blackwell.....

Posted by Akshaythekaxk on (August 13, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

What about caught knott bowled old?

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

(VVS)Laxman-Caught (adrian)bharath Bowled Ram(Paul) You did miss out this real good one and which can be understood by mostly Indians(who have read the hindu mythology Ramayana)....During the 3rd test of WI tour of India in 2011

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

How about the famous remark made by commentators "The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey"!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Here's two more

1. (James) Cook, (Clive) Rice & (Keppler) Wessels, the three played for SA cricket team when readmitted in international cricket. 2. The current Australia A cricket team playing in England - The Bird, Cow(an)d Lyon in the Holland Forrest Burns in Paine.

Posted by St00rt on (August 13, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

@Chinu211, I fail to see the significant play on words on Dravid's and Kumble's surnames. Please elaborate?

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

@D-Ascendant - no, unfortunately Bell, Horne and Drum never played together! Allan Lamb and Ian Botham used to co-star in a show entitled "Beef and Lamb in a Stew".

Posted by kirands on (August 13, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

In the 1998 Madras Test in which Tendulkar scored 155 against Shane Warne and co., Azharuddin was caught by Steve Waugh off Mark Waugh, so the scoreboard read Azharuddin c. Waugh b. Waugh 64

Posted by chinu211 on (August 13, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

Where's c Dravid b Kumble??

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

If & only if wishes were horses, how about this.

With Martin CROWe & ROBIN Smith the 2 batsman facing SWANN the bowler, with Dicky BIRD the umpire. And if the KIWI batsman shows dissent, we have Jeff CROW-e having things under control. Oh yaa, dont worry who would sponsor such a match as we have the KINGFISHER doing the honors.

Posted by US_Indian on (August 13, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Good one, you forgot Basil, parsley, mint , chilli, salmon, beefy, etc. But the last names you mentioned Dolar and Rubel are not currencies but Dular which is spelled with an O in bengal means beloved or most loved one in Urdu and Farsi and Hindi as well which might have the same meaning in bengali too so the name means beloved of muhammed and Rubeil and not rubel and currency is spelt like this rouble so in this case little off but still some names are really funny.

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (August 13, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

Very interesting recipe "Cook c Mustard b Onions".

Posted by D-Ascendant on (August 13, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Bell also played with fast bowler Chris Drum in Drum's debut Test against Pakistan in March 2001. Not sure if Bell, Drum and Horne were ever in the same team?

Posted by N.Sundararajan on (August 13, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

N. Sundararajan from Chennai, India-----Why have you left out the Indian opening pair in Test cricket---(Farokh) Engineer and ( Nari) Contractor ? ---who often laid a solid foundation for the innings?

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