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Edrich's epoch

An epic in Leeds

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John Edrich: feasting on a modest New Zealand attack
John Edrich: feasting on a modest New Zealand attack © AllSportUK
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1965
A record-breaking innings from John Edrich. Nobody has scored more runs in boundaries in a Test innings than Edrich did in this meaty 310 not out against New Zealand at Headingley. Edrich larruped 52 fours and five sixes; that's 238 runs - or 77% of his innings. He was on the pitch throughout the match, as England stormed home by an innings. In both their innings, New Zealand managed only 49 more runs between them than Edrich. It was a pretty modest Kiwi attack that Edrich punished, though: Dick Motz, Bruce Taylor, Richard Collinge and Bryan Yuile.

1982
Ian Botham's highest Test score. It could have been a Western, so quickly were the bars at The Oval emptied as Beefy slung India from pillar to post with a lacerating 208. The Wisden Almanack said he "drove with rare ferocity, one straight six off [Dilip] Doshi leaving its mark for posterity in the shape of a hole in the pavilion roof". And he also fractured Sunny Gavaskar's left fibula, when a scorching hit smacked into Gavaskar at silly point. There was another less-than-frightening attack at work here - India included Suru Nayak (Test bowling average: 132). For years it was the fastest-recorded Test double-century, in terms of balls faced (220). Now it's all a bit passé, and lies seventh below Nathan Astle, Virender Sehwag, Herschelle Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist. This was Botham's tenth century in his 51st Test. In his last 51 he got only four.

1930
The cavalier strokeplay of Roy McLean, who was born today, made him the antithesis of most post-war South African batsmen. Once McLean got in - he made 11 ducks in 40 Tests - he was a fearsome proposition, especially square of the wicket on either side. At Lord's in 1955, he flashed 142, more than England had managed between them in the first innings... but South Africa still lost. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1961, and also played rugby for Natal.

1983
Birth of Shaun Marsh, who scored a century on Test debut in Sri Lanka - only one of five Australians to achieve the landmark in an away game - in 2011, three years after breaking into the one-day side. Marsh first made headlines for top-scoring in the inaugural IPL that year and memorably made a hundred to overshadow Sachin Tendulkar's 175 in Hyderabad in 2009.

1893
Birth of George Geary, the Leicestershire seamer who played 14 Tests for England between the First and Second World Wars. One of a family of 16, he took almost as many wickets (12) in only his fourth Test, against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1927-28. And two years later, at the MCG, he had remarkable first-innings figures of 81-36-105-5, the most overs bowled by an Englishman in a Test innings. In 1929 he took 10 for 18 against Glamorgan at Pontypridd, at the time the cheapest ten-for in first-class history. His boots are on display at Grace Road, and he died in Leicester in 1981.

1908
The birth of one of the major figures of women's cricket for two decades from 1930. A fine opening bat and the most outstanding wicketkeeper of her generation, Betty Snowball also played squash and lacrosse at the international level. She played ten times for England, and toured Australia twice, recording a Test average of 40.86 and effecting 21 dismissals.

1969
The Test career of the Indian left-arm spinner Venkatapathy Raju, who was born today, splits beautifully into two sections: home and away. In 16 Tests at home he took 71 wickets at an average of 24; in 12 Tests overseas he managed only 22 wickets at 52. For once, statistics don't lie. When the ball was spitting off the surface, Raju's bounce made him almost unplayable. Against Sri Lanka in Chandigarh in 1990-91, his match figures were a tortuous 53.5-38-37-8.

1974
Birth of left-arm quick bowler Ian Bradshaw, who is best remembered for the batting partnership with Courtney Browne that helped West Indies win the Champions Trophy in 2004. Bradshaw was economical when he started out but in his five Tests, in 2006, he averaged 60 for nine wickets. In 62 ODIs, he picked up 78 wickets at nearly 30.

1985
BJ Watling, who was born today, spent his early years in Durban before moving to New Zealand as a ten-year-old. A right-handed opening batsman and part-time wicketkeeper, Watling earned a place in New Zealand's ODI squad for the series against Pakistan in 2008-09. Between 2009 and 2012, he played only eight Tests - the first six as a specialist batsman - before settling into the role of the full-time wicketkeeper in 2013. Against India in February 2014, Watling and Brendon McCullum put together a record sixth-wicket partnership of 352 in Wellington. Watling's 124 in that Test was his first century against a top-eight nation.

Other birthdays
1914 Bill Tallon (Australia)
1959 Trish Dawson (Australia)
1975 Amrita Shinde (India)
1982 Burton van Rooi (Namibia)

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