Births of Dave Richardson, Asanka Gurusinha and Micky Stewart
One of South Africa's best Test wicketkeepers was born. In his 42 Tests Dave Richardson collected 152 dismissals. South Africa's reliance on pace bowling meant that only two of them were stumpings. In fact he took 120 catches before stumping Venkatesh Prasad off the bowling of Paul Adams at Newlands in 1996-97. A more than useful batsman, Richardson scored nine Test fifties as well as a century, against New Zealand in Cape Town again, in 1994-95. In his next Test, against Pakistan in Johannesburg, he made a king pair, a minor blip in a highly successful career. In January 2002 he became the ICC's first general manager, and a decade later its chief executive.
One of the mainstays of Sri Lanka's Test batting is born. With his bushy black beard and solid play, Asanka Gurusinha was one of the most recognisable figures in world cricket for a decade. The biggest of his seven Test centuries was 143 in Melbourne in 1995-96, and he was just as good at the one-day game. He scored two ODI hundreds and played a big part in Sri Lanka's World Cup win, in which he averaged 51.16 and hit two 80s. According to the Wisden Almanack, his 65 in the final "provided steadily accelerating support" for Aravinda de Silva's match-winning hundred. Gurusinha later fell out with the Sri Lankan board and went to live in Australia, the country he'd helped beat in that 1996 final.
Restored to the captaincy, Javed Miandad proved yet again what a master batsman he was, by hitting 211 against Australia in Karachi. After putting on 196 with Shoaib Mohammad (94), he declared at 469 for 9. Australia, dismissed for 165 and 116, lost by an innings and 188. It was the fifth of Javed's six Test double-centuries.
Birth of an England team manager whose son played in the team. Micky Stewart, who was born today, played in eight Tests himself, hitting 86 against Pakistan at Headingley in 1962 and 87 at Old Trafford in an otherwise disappointing series against West Indies in 1963. In his last Test, in Bombay in 1963-64, he caught dysentery at tea and couldn't bat. He's better known as a team manager whose partnership with captain Graham Gooch produced a strict regime that wasn't especially successful. And for being Alec's dad.
Birth of that modern rarity, a Scottish World Cup hero. Although Scotland lost all five matches in the 1999 tournament, one player stood out. Allrounder Gavin Hamilton, who was born today, made their only two fifties - 76 v Pakistan and 63 not out v Bangladesh - and a defiant 24 out of 68 all out v West Indies. He scored 217 runs in the tournament, more than any England batsman could manage. After all that, Test cricket was a bit of rude awakening. In his only match for England, in Johannesburg in 1999-2000, Hamilton made a pair and took 0 for 63 in 15 overs. County cricket applied some balm to the wound: in 2001 he helped Yorkshire win the Championship for the first time since 1968.
The first ODI in Canada was played between India and Pakistan. But despite the sizeable South Asian expat population in Toronto, only 750 turned up for the rain-interrupted game, according to the Wisden Almanack. Sachin Tendulkar delighted those who did with a run-a-ball 89 to help beat Pakistan by eight wickets. Azhar Mahmood made his one-day debut for Pakistan in the match.
The birth of one of that small band who played both cricket and football for England, and Dick Young was even more exceptional in that he wore glasses when playing both sports. His two Tests came at either end of the series against Australia in 1907-08, and he played intermittently as an amateur for Sussex for almost 20 years.
Nottinghamshire won the County Championship after 23 years. On the final day of their match against Lancashire, needing to secure six bonus points to pull level with Somerset at the top of the table - and squeeze ahead by virtue of winning seven games to Somerset's six in the season - Notts edged their way to the 400 runs required to secure a vital fifth batting point: the tenth-wicket pair of Darren Pattinson and Ryan Sidebottom put together 10 runs in 5.1 overs fraught with tension. Adam Voges' century earlier in the day had put Notts in a position to go after the required target. The first three days had been badly affected by rain, and only 94.2 overs were bowled in the match.
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