A card for every occasion

A selection of strange-looking scorecards: from victory after 15 all out to England v the "Bs"

Steven Lynch

January 13, 2014

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Sam Loxton takes a catch to dismiss Freddie Brown off the bowling of Jack Iverson, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day December 5, 1950
Sam Loxton takes a catch to dismiss Freddie Brown off the bowling of Jack Iverson in Brisbane, 1950 © Getty Images
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Three 100s and five 0s
It was Karnataka's scorecard in the first innings of their recent Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh in Bangalore which inspired this theme. Karnataka's card included three scores of exactly 100 - and five ducks too. Their 349 was the lowest first-class total ever to include three individual centuries - the previous record was Somerset's 365 for 1 declared (all three men who went in made hundreds!) against Oxford University in the Parks in 1984.

Declared at 32 for 7 - and won
The scorecard of the first Ashes Test of 1950-51 always looks bizarre at first sight. England closed their first innings at 68 for 7 - 160 behind - then Australia collapsed to 32 for 7 before declaring themselves. England needed only 193 to win... but were soon 30 for 6, and were all out next day for 122. What was happening? The secret lies in the Brisbane weather: a typical thunderstorm made the Gabba pitch almost impossible to bat on, and 20 wickets fell for 130 on the third day, even though play didn't start until 1pm.

13 all out- with ten extras
The Women's World Cup qualifying match in Stellenbosch in February 2008 didn't last long: there were only three singles in Bermuda's innings, all by different batsmen, and seven ducks. If South Africa's bowlers hadn't conceded ten extras, it could have been really embarrassing. The hosts reached their target in four legal deliveries, as Bermuda's opening bowler Terry-Lynn Paynter added to the extras tally herself. In all, 20 of the match's 28 runs were extras - ten wides, two no-balls and two byes. There were only five scoring shots in the entire game.

Carries bat for 141 out of 169
One of county cricket's oddest scorecards came in Swansea in 1977, when Worcestershire's batsmen collapsed against Glamorgan... with one exception. The New Zealand opener Glenn Turner batted throughout the innings of 169, finishing up with 141 not out. The next-highest score was 7, by the No. 10, Norman Gifford, with whom Turner shared a partnership of 57. "I can't understand the other batsmen," wrote Turner later. "As each of them came out, in what looked like a disaster area, I told them there was nothing wrong with the pitch, but they didn't seem to believe me!" He thus provided 83.43% of the innings total, the highest percentage by one batsman in first-class history. The others managed 14 scoring shots between them, so it was a good thing Turner turned up.

6 all out
It must have seemed like a good idea at the time: assemble a team of players whose surnames started with B to play England at Lord's, in June 1810. It probably seemed an even finer wheeze when the Bs took a first-innings lead of 37. But then the wheels fell off, and the Bs were all out for 6 in their second innings. And five of the runs came from the two players - presumably late call-ups to make up the numbers - whose names didn't even begin with B. Some statisticians (but not Wisden) regard this as a first-class match, and consequently recognise 6 as the lowest total in such games.

No. 11 top-scores with 163
It's arguably the most lop-sided first-class scorecard of all: in Chesterfield in 1947, Essex were still behind Derbyshire's 223 when last man Peter Smith strolled out to join Frank Vigar. But Smith soon showed himself to be in good form, Vigar gave him the strike, and they put on 218 in two and a half hours: Smith's 163 remains the highest score in all first-class cricket by a No. 11.

Winning without losing a wicket
Lancashire defeated Leicestershire at Old Trafford in 1956 without losing a wicket - Alan Wharton and Jack Dyson added 166 in the first innings before a declaration, and knocked off a target of 65 without being separated either. No side had previously won a first-class match without losing a wicket (it has happened a couple of times since).

Totals of 15 and 521
It's a famous match, but the scorecard still has the capacity to amaze: after Warwickshire made 223 at Edgbaston in 1922, Hampshire crumbled to 15 all out. Warwickshire's captain Freddy Calthorpe proposed a game of golf to his opposite number Lionel Tennyson, since the match would obviously soon be over: "This brought forth an immediate flow of good Anglo-Saxon from Lionel," recalled the Hampshire allrounder Harold Day in Wisden 1962. Hampshire followed on and ran up 521, setting a target of 314... and Warwickshire barely got halfway. "At the end of the match," said Day, "Lionel gave a passable imitation of a Highland fling under the shower baths."

The victorious South African side that needed only four balls to finish the game, South Africa Women v Bermuda Women, ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier, Stellenbosch, February 18, 2008
The victorious South Africa squad poses for a photo after beating Bermuda in Stellenbosch, 2008 © International Cricket Council

309 out of 387
In the final of the Bombay Pentangular tournament in 1943, the Rest were up against it: following on after the Hindus had made 581, they were 60 for 5 when Vivek Hazare came out to join his more celebrated brother Vijay, who would go on to captain India. The fraternal double act worked: while Vivek dug in, Vijay did all the scoring. The junior brother made 21 in five and a half hours - "He blocked every ball and proved immovable," wrote Vijay admiringly. "Even Trevor Bailey could have taken his correspondence course!" The stand was eventually worth exactly 300, and Vijay made 309. But it was all in vain: no one else made more than 16, the final total was 387, and the Rest still lost by an innings.

Winning by an innings and 851
It's the sort of scorecard you really need to read while hiding behind the sofa: the first-class debut of Dera Ismail Khan, in Lahore in December 1964, resulted in the biggest mismatch of all. Pakistan Railways - a decent side but without any Test players - ran up 910 for 6, slight overkill against a team of 11 first-class debutants from a small town 200 miles from Lahore. Dera Ismail Khan responded with totals of 32 and 27, and disappeared off the first-class map for years.

105 out of 143
Glenn Turner's percentage record came under serious threat in Bournemouth in July 1981, when Clive Rice made 105 not out in Nottinghamshire's total of 143 (73.4%) against Hampshire, for whom the fearsome Malcolm Marshall took four wickets. Of the others, only the future England opener Tim Robinson made double figures - and he only just managed it, with ten. "Rice alone [was] able to master the movement extracted by Hampshire's bowlers," observed Wisden.

Steven Lynch is the editor of the Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2013

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Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 20:20 GMT)

@batmanion i was one of the six ducks

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

@bobco there were two batsmen who both scored 1 each any one who wants to look up the scorecard can go to chiltren cricket league website and look up the match card of winchmorehill v englefield 3rd division it will be under stat section

Posted by J751 on (January 15, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

Arguably the greatest team of all time,the West Indies were toying with opponents when they played Pakistan at Faisalabad in 1986-87.They were all out for 53 in their second innings and lost the match with Abdul Qadir taking six wickets and Imran Khan four.

Posted by Rowayton on (January 15, 2014, 0:05 GMT)

Re the Pakistan Railways game. I would also guess that Qaiser Khan of DIK holds a world record as the only person ever out 'obstructing the field' in their first innings in first class cricket.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

An unusual event in the game that I remember - North Zone Vs West Zone Duleep Trophy - 1978 / 79 final. 1 Over, Kapil got 4 wickets including a hat-trick. Next over - Gavaskar hit Kapil for 5 boundaries. I don't think there has been this kind of a turnaround in the game. I would therefore classify this as a remarkable entry on a scorecard - a bowler gets 4 wickets including a hat-trick in 1 over (extremely rare)....and then, promptly gets hit for 20 in the next (Again rare, but the over immediately after he got a hat-trick....)

Posted by Andre2 on (January 14, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

@ J751 on (January 13, 2014, 11:04 GMT) A scorecard I couldn't believe was Pakistan vs Australia at Sharjah in 2002.Pakistan were all out for 59 and 53 in both their innings while Australia scored 310 in their only innings.

But what is more extraordinary for this Test-match (#1617) is that Matthew HAYDEN scored 119 runs, that is MORE than the total of Pakistan in both innings (59+53 = 112 runs) ! The match lasted TWO days !

Posted by MarinManiac on (January 14, 2014, 1:34 GMT)

In the Pakistan Railways match, Ahad Khan returned a pretty spectacular analysis of 6.3-4-7-9. (Afaq Khan's wasn't too shabby in the first innings either). Is this some kind of record in first class cricket?

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

Karnataka had also won without losing a wicket against Kerala at Chickmagalur during 1977-78 Ranji Trophy Season. The Scores were: Kerala - 141 & 124, Karnataka: 451-0. Both the openers Sanjay Desai (218*) and Roger Binny (211*) scored double hundreds.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 13, 2014, 22:08 GMT)

Lords Test 1993, poor Mark Waugh...top 3 scored 100s, he made 99.

Posted by GrindAR on (January 13, 2014, 21:15 GMT)

Oxford University Vs Somerset 1984 is not a one can be compared. Because, it is not a completed innings (meaning all wickets down or any other batting other than those 100s)...

Posted by BobCo on (January 13, 2014, 20:35 GMT)

@Zia Hassan, by your count, there are 3 batsman left who managed a score (apart from the 6 ducks, a 66 and a 26 you list) and yet there are only 2 runs left for them to score... sounds like your recall isn't quite accurate.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

India Australia Bombay Test 1964. Australia first innings top scorers: Peter Burge 80, Tom Veivers 67 and Barry Jarman 78. Second innings: all three of them out for zeroes. All three dismissed by B.S. Chandrasekhar.


Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

India West Indies 1974-75 series a very famous one. Calcutta Test: India 233, West Indies 240. A lead of 7 runs for West Indies. Madras Test: India 190, West Indies 192. A lead of 2 runs for West Indies. However India won both these Test matches, by 85 runs and 100 runs respectively.

Posted by Batmanian on (January 13, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

@Zia Hassan - your personal score?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 13, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

India and England both made 390 in their first innings of a Test in 1986, not happened before or after? In 1985 Ashes 3 top Aussie batsman made 10. A wk in Zimbabwe made 99 in each innings, but that is more an individual thing.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

Melbourne Test 1979 between Pakistan and Australia. Australia chasing 382 to win were cruising at 305 for 3 at one stage. Sarfraz Nawaz then destroyed them with some lethal bowling, Australia all out for 310, losing 7 wickets for 5 runs. Sarfraz Nawaz 9 wickets for 86.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

Karnataka beat Kerala in Chikmagalur in a Ranji Trophy match in 1977-78 without losing a wicket. Karnataka 451 for no loss, with Roger Binny and Sanjay Desai scoring 211 and 218 respectively.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

What's also interesting about the "Declared at 32-7 - and won" game back in 1950/51, is that both teams tried to hide their batsman down the order, and sacrifice their bowlers at the top hoping the pitch would dry out! The openers were expected to do their job at the top, but middle order batsmen like Len Hutton, Dennis Compton and Keith Miller all came in to bat from No.7 or below.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Last year playing a league game for my club we were 111/3 and 113 all out the highest score from one of our batters was 66 second highst was 26 there were 19 extras and 6 ducks

Posted by YogifromNY on (January 13, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Steven - a well-written and very enjoyable (if rather nerdy) article. Well done on bringing to light the innumerable nuances of our beloved game!

Posted by vijaysrivatsan on (January 13, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

What about this international match in 1999. India all out for 83 vs NZ in mohali and scored 505 in their Second innings.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

Winning by an innings and 851 in that match 5 people has performed there all time best in bowling and batting from Pakistan Railways :)

Posted by Pelham_Barton on (January 13, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

@Rowayton on (January 13, 2014, 12:04 GMT): In a seriously rain-affected three-day match in 1992 (incidentally the last year we had three-day matches in the County Championship), Derbyshire 180-0d and forfeit, Northants forfeit and 181-2 to win by eight wickets. Derbyshire scored the bulk of their runs off joke bowling on the third day. Most importantly to explain this, there were no points for a draw in the County Championship at that time.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

Anthony Swann re: #11 top scoring - Steve Harmison did it for England in SA in 04/05 with a score of 42. I thought Tino Best's 95 in England in 2012 was top score but there was a century in the innings too.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 13, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

What's the longest amount of time in overs that a batsman has continuously maintained the strike for?

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

The Bermudan opener was in for an hour!

The days of uncovered pitches brought up all kinds of bizarre scorecards. Many's the time a side would get 250 in one innings and then be skittled for 60 in the next. Or you'd have one batsman almost literally score all his side's runs.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

How many times has the no. 11 batsman top-scored in a test innings? Ashton Agar did it against England at Trent Bridge last year (98 - on debut, no less!). But how many other times has that happened?

Posted by Rowayton on (January 13, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

I may have mentioned this before, but... One of the entries talks about winning a first class match without losing a wicket - well one of my favourite scorecards is a Sydney first grade game where a side lost without losing a wicket. One innings each - Cumberland (nowadays called Parramatta) scored 0-319 declared, and got beaten (5-321). You would have to feel a bit hard done by.

Posted by BlackKnight on (January 13, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

What about the 2001 Amarmilan v/s Yorkshire LPS match where all 22 players had patel as the last name?

Posted by J751 on (January 13, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

A scorecard I couldn't believe was Pakistan vs Australia at Sharjah in 2002.Pakistan were all out for 59 and 53 in both their innings while Australia scored 310 in their only innings.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

@Suresh123456: there have been dozens of instances of teams being bowled out for 0 in club matches; get hold of any book of cricket curiosities (or Google) and you're bound to find a few. Perhaps the most noteworthy was the match between the English villages of Kegworth and Diseworth in 1838: Kegworth batted first and were all out for 1, then bowled the opposition out for 0.

Posted by CUPULW on (January 13, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

Not sure if this qualifies but cricket match between Royal & St. Thomas' as below.

From the Ceylon Observer 14th March 1885: CRICKET: ST. THOMAS' COLLEGE vs ROYAL COLLEGE "This annual match was commenced on Galle Face at half past 2 on Thursday last, but after one over rain stopped the game for some time. When play was resumed the Royal College were dismissed in half an hour, after making the grand score of 9 runs. The St. Thomas' boys then went to the wicket and at the close of the day's play had made 138 runs with 4 wickets down. Play was continued at 2.30 p.m. on Friday, but after the St. Thomas' Eleven had raised their score to 170 for the loss of 2 more wickets, rain again stopped the game for about half an hour. As to individual players, Thomasz batted very freely and contributed largely to the score of his side, while Wilkins deserved the highest praise for his really good play scoring 49 without giving a single chance. His bowling was also a remarkable performance."

Posted by Suresh123456 on (January 13, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

Well if i am not wrong recently (12-15 years earlier) there are a team in India whose score was 0 all out. It came in most of the news paper saying that it is a record in any RECOGNIZED match. Pity that i didint have an internet connection that time. can come one please confirm.

Posted by Romanticstud on (January 13, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

I like that Bermuda WWC match figures and noticed there was a Smith in both sides ... I remember watching Pakistan vs South Africa at the Wanderers when it looked like South Africa would be luck to get 200 ... Mark Boucher and Pat Symcox scored 195 for the 9th wicket after being 166 for 8 ... Pat Symcox scoring 100 at no 10.

Posted by TheScot on (January 13, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Cricket wonderful cricket. First class cricket is the most beautiful sport on the planet. Once the game is over we can still marvel over the stats for years, decades, and centuries.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 13, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

How about Jason Gillespie 201*? I remember waking up the next morning like, "am i reading this news headline correctly?"

Posted by pratikadk on (January 13, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

Acctrophy2006 GROUP C Myanmar v Nepal at Club Aman Toss: Nepal NEPAL WON BY TEN WICKETS Myanmar: 10 all out in 12.1 overs (M.Alam 7-3; B.K.Das 3-4) Nepal: 11 for 0 in 0.2 overs MK Chhetri 3(1) DB Chand 3(1) Man of the Match: Mahaboob Alam (Nepal)

Posted by Harlequin. on (January 13, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

Great edition! .

Posted by wapuser on (January 13, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

Craig Findlay is a 40 year old guy who played domestic cricket he got it against the worst schoolboy team in Hawkes Bay we played him and he got 6 and we bowled that team that got 578 ouy for about 80 and we are the 3rd best schoolboy team in New Zealand

Posted by India_boy on (January 13, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

@waqar...Watson scored 185 out of 232 against BD, including 15 sixes (a record then) in 2012 i presume? that is a whopping 80% of the total score

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 13, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

Speaking of outstanding stats, how about this one: http://crichq.com/matches/90207

Craig Findlay got 307 off 115 balls before retiring hurt in the 33rd over of a 45 over match. His team finished with 578 and won by 401 runs.

Posted by Andrew73 on (January 13, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

WaqarDurrani - For a test match I believe it's still Bannerman in the very first test match - 165 out of 245 for 67.3%.

Posted by WaqarDurrani on (January 13, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

What's the max ratio in an international match? I remember Ramiz Raja scored 119* out of 167 in an ODI in WC 92. (71.2%)

Posted by android_user on (January 13, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

ha ha .. outstanding stats again Steve. .well as u can say ...Cricket is always a wonder...proud of being a die hard fan of such a game..

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