March 24, 2014

Your names are numbered

Players with names that contain numbers between 0 and 10 (and one with 20)

Jean McNaughton from Johannesburg took part in South Africa's first women's Test, at home against England in 1960-61. A medium-pacer, she won three caps in all: oddly, all her six wickets came in one innings, when she took 6 for 39 in the third Test in Durban.

Oneil Levy opened the bowling for the Bahamas against the United States at the Belgrano Club in Buenos Aires in 2002, during the Americas Championship. He didn't take a wicket, as the USA captain Faoud Bacchus - the former West Indies Test player - scored 83 not out. If you don't mind the apostrophe, you could also include O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, the West Indian allrounder of the 1950s.

Despite being born in Devon and making his name with Warwickshire, Roger Twose played 16 Tests for New Zealand after emigrating there. He was also a considerable one-day player, and won 87 ODI black caps; he scored 103 against South Africa in Cape Town in November 2000, the year after a memorable 80 not out to stun Australia in Cardiff in the World Cup. Twose also once scored a pair of 2s in the same Test (against West Indies in Antigua in 1996 (he'd scored 2 and 0 in the first match of the two-Test series, and made 2 in his next Test innings too).

Jehan Maithree Jayasuriya is, as far as we know, no relation of the more famous Sri Lankan Jayasuriya (Sanath, MP). But this one was good enough to play for Colts CC, and captain Sri Lanka's Under-17s at the Asia Cup in 2000: against Bangladesh U-17s in Karachi he took, appropriately enough, 3 for 33.

Thinus Fourie was born in South Africa, but moved to Ireland, where he coached at a school in Dublin. In 2008 he played seven one-day internationals, although his medium pace brought him only one wicket. He did slap 88 not out in a one-day game for Ireland A against Denmark, though.

There used to be a French footballer called Didier Six, but he doesn't quite qualify here. Instead, there's Mkhululi Sixoliso Nyathi, a Zimbabwean who made his List A debut at 18 for Mid West Rhinos (captained by Vusi Sibanda) against Mashonaland Eagles in Harare in December 2013. He scored 23, then took two wickets - both international players - so may yet make more of a mark.

A difficult one to find, but someone called Hubert van Nispen Tot Sevenaer - usually shortened, perhaps to save the scorers, to Huub van Nispen - kept wicket for the Netherlands in the 1970s, before they had official international status. He took five catches and a stumping as the Dutch ran the Pakistanis close in September 1974, after their tour of England.

Lisa Keightley from Sydney played nine Tests and 82 one-day internationals for Australia. Her four ODI centuries included 156 not out against Pakistan in Melbourne in February 1997, when she shared successive stands of 219 with Belinda Clark and 165 with Zoe Goss. Keightley (it's pronounced kite-ly) now coaches at the England academy.

Maydiyeh Soltaninejad currently plays for the Iranian women's team. Last month she took 3 for 46 against Hong Kong Women in Bangkok, then opened the batting… but couldn't prevent a heavy defeat. Earlier in the tournament, though, Iran had beaten Kuwait.

The Netherlands' heroics at the 2014 World Twenty20 were achieved without the help of Ryan ten Doeschate, who averages 67 with the bat for them in ODIs (and 24 with the ball). But he hasn't pulled on a Dutch shirt since the 50-over World Cup in 2011. There's also, of course, one Sachin Tendulkar, who could inspire another column about his own numbers. A few years ago, Wisden reported that a man was hoping to sell his house in London to a cricket-lover at a premium: the address was 10 Dulka Road.

Percy Twentyman Jones, who had already played rugby for South Africa didn't have much luck in his sole cricket Test, against Australia in Cape Town in 1902-03: coming in at No. 5, he bagged a pair. But he had better luck in his legal career, rising to become Judge President of the Cape of Good Hope Division of South Africa's Supreme Court.

Additional research by Michael J-one-s.

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

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  • ralphwaldo on March 25, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    There was a 19thC player Edwin Charles Leventon. Can we imagine his nickname may have been Charlie? (If not, well, at least he has a hundred in his name).

  • Engle on March 25, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    George DUCKworth should find a place amongst all the NIL's, NULL's, NAUGHT's and NAY's (GOOch too)

  • Engle on March 25, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    Stretching the numerology theme, how about some equations.

    E.McCormick ( E= MC2)

    F. MAhmood ( F = MA ) Force = Mass x Acceleration

  • Engle on March 25, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    CompTON and HutTON as century makers.

    Would you be willing to allow decimals ? Let's then have K.PIetersen ( PI = 3.14)

  • RoshanDgreat on March 24, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    What about EKnath solkar. Ek means One.

  • dummy4fb on March 24, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Bilawal Thatti (30), renamed after Maxwel famous inning, renaming after such an over should be allowed.

  • dummy4fb on March 24, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    how you miss "ten"dulkar "ten"dai chatara

  • SayantanG on March 24, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    You forgot Dean Jones.He has ONE in his name.

  • dummy4fb on March 24, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    For anyone who's interested, East Cornwall played a match against the All England Eleven in 1859 with two players named Treleven in the team - but it was an odds match in which East Cornwall had 22 players, so "Tr-eleven" never played in an "eleven". Someone named R Fiveash played two matches for Sussex 2nd XI in 1970... but we decided those were just a little too obscure to include.

  • dummy4fb on March 24, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Did you miss out NAYAN MONGIA?

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