The Wisden Trophy – DJG Sammy became the first West Indian captain to witness his hundred going in vain against England

DJ Sammy’s  106  was in a losing cause in the second test between West Indies and England at Nottingham providing the 76th occasion of captain’s hundred going in vain in the annals of test cricket. The break up of 76 hundreds country wise read thus No Team Players Hundreds 1 Australia 12 17 2 South Africa 4 5 3 England 10 11 4 West Indies 8 12 5 New Zealand 6 10 6 Pakistan 2 2 7 India 5 9 8 Sri Lanka 3 4 9 Zimbabwe 2 3 10 Bangladesh 2 3 Total 54 76 The following table lists out the hundreds by West Indian captains going in vain in the annals of test cricket No Player Runs Opposition Ground Date 1 JB Stollmeyer 104 Australia Sydney Jan 1952 2 GS Sobers 113 Australia Sydney Feb 1969 3 CH Lloyd 102 Australia Melbourne Dec 1975 4 DL Haynes 117 Pakistan Karachi Nov 1990 5 RB Richardson 100 Australia Kingston Apr 1995 6 BC Lara 100 Australia St John’s Apr 1999 7 BC Lara 110 Australia Georgetown Apr 2003 8 BC Lara 122 Australia Port of Spain Apr 2003 9 BC Lara 202 South Africa Johannesburg Dec 2003 10 BC Lara 122 Pakistan Lahore Nov 2006 11 CH Gayle 102 Australia Perth Dec 2009 12 DJG Sammy 106 England Nottingham May 2012 The following table lists out 22 occasions of captain’s hundreds have gone in vain against England. No Player Score Team Opposition Ground Mon/Year 1 WL Murdoch 153* Aus England The Oval Sep 1880 2 GHS Trott 143 Aus England Lord’s Jun 1896 3 MA Noble 133 Aus England Sydney Dec 1903 4 HW Taylor 109 SAF England Durban Dec 1913 5 HW Taylor 102 SAF England Durban Feb 1923 6 J Ryder 112 Aus England Melbourne Dec 1928 7 A Melville 117 SAF England Lord’s Jun 1947...

The Wisden Trophy – AN Cook and AJ Strauss earn the distinction of becoming the first England pair to add 5000 plus partnership runs in tests

AN Cook and AJ Strauss became the fifth pair in the annals of test cricket to add 5000 plus runs the annals of test cricket. At the end of the second test betweenEnglandand West Indies atNottingham, they added 5085 runs.  The record for most partnership runs in test cricket stands in the name of R Dravid and SR Tendulkar who have added 6920 runs. AN Cook and AJ Strauss have added 4597 runs for the first wicket and stand third in the list of batsmen who have added most partnership runs for the first wicket AN Cook and AJ Strauss became the first pair of batsmen to add 5000 plus partnership runs. England batsmen who have added 3000 plus partnership runs are listed below The following table lists out the performances of batsmen in the captioned three categories. PARTNERSHIP OF 5000 PLUS RUNS IN THE ANNALS OF TEST CRICKET No Partners Team Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50 1 R Dravid, SR Tendulkar Ind 143 6 6920 249 50.51 20 29 2 CG Greenidge, DL Haynes Win 148 11 6482 298 47.31 16 26 3 ML Hayden, JL Langer Aus 122 4 6081 255 51.53 14 28 4 M Jayawardene, KC Sangakkara Srl 97 3 5444 624 57.91 14 23 5 AN Cook, AJ Strauss Eng 125 2 5085 229 41.34 14 19 PARTNERSHIP OF 4000 RUNS FOR THE FIRST WICKET IN THE ANNALS OF TEST CRICKET No Partners Team Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50 1 CG Greenidge, DL Haynes Win 148 11 6482 298 47.31 16 26 2 ML Hayden, JL Langer Aus 113 4 5655 255 51.88 14 24 3 AN Cook, AJ Strauss Eng 111 2 4597 229 42.17 12 17 4 MS Atapattu, ST Jayasuriya Srl 118 7 4469 335 40.26 9 24 PARTNERSHIPS OF 3000 RUNS BY ENGLAND BATSMEN IN TEST CRICKET...

The Wisden Trophy – Hundred and fifty by West Indian batsmen against England – MN Samuels is the latest entrant to this club

MN Samuels of West Indies scored 117 qnd 76 not out at Nottingham in the second test against England providing the 19th occasion of a West Indian batsman scoring a hundred and a fifty in a test match against England. The complete list of batsmen who have accomplished this feat is furnished below No Player FI SI Opposition Ground Mon Year 1 CA Roach 122 77 vEngland Bridgetown Jan 1930 2 GA Headley 114 112 vEngland Georgetown Feb 1930 3 GA Headley 106 107 vEngland Lord’s Jun 1939 4 CL Walcott 124 51* vEngland Port of Spain Mar 1954 5 FMM Worrell 167 56 vEngland Port of Spain Mar 1954 6 CL Walcott 50 116 vEngland Kingston Mar 1954 7 GS Sobers 102 52 vEngland Leeds Jul 1963 8 CC Hunte 80 108* vEngland The Oval Aug 1963 9 GS Sobers 152 95* vEngland Georgetown Mar 1968 10 IVA Richards 232 63 vEngland Nottingham Jun 1976 11 CG Greenidge 134 101 vEngland Manchester Jul 1976 12 CH Lloyd 100 66 vEngland Bridgetown Mar 1981 13 DL Haynes 131 70 vEngland St John’s Apr 1986 14 BC Lara 87 145 vEngland Manchester Jul 1985 15 S Chanderpaul 128* 97* vEngland Lord’s Jul 2004 16 S Chanderpaul 50 116* vEngland Manchester Jun 2007 17 S Chanderpaul 136* 70 vEngland Chester-le-Street Jun 2007 18 RR Sarwan 94 106 vEngland St John’s Feb 2009 19 MN Samuels 117 76* vEngland Nottingham May...

IPL 5 – Finals – Kolkata crowned IPL 2012 Champions – beat Chennai by five wickets in a tense game with two balls to spare

Match No 76 – Final – Chennai Super Kings vs. Kolkata Knight Riders at Chennai on 27.05.12 – Kolkata Knight Riders won by five wickets with two balls to spare Kolkata won this game with two balls to spare providing the tenth occasion of a team winning a game with two balls to spare in IPL. The complete list of such wins is furnished below No Winner Margin BR Target Overs Max Opposition Ground Date 1 Bangalore 5 wkts 2 166 19.4 20.0 Mumbai Mumbai 20.04.08 2 Kolkata 3 wkts 2 175 19.4 20.0 Punjab Kolkata 25.05.08 3 Rajasthan 3 wkts 2 142 19.4 20.0 Deccan P Elizabeth 02.05.09 4 Bangalore 2 wkts 2 130 19.4 20.0 Chennai Durban 14.05.09 5 Chennai 6 wkts 2 193 19.4 20.0 Punjab Dharamsala 18.04.10 6 Chennai 6 wkts 2 176 19.4 20.0 Bangalore Mumbai 24.05.11 7 Rajasthan 5 wkts 2 197 19.4 20.0 Deccan Jaipur 17.04.12 8 Kolkata 5 wkts 2 140 19.4 20.0 Chennai Chennai 30.04.12 9 Mumbai 5 wkts 2 172 19.4 20.0 Bangalore Bangalore 14.05.12 10 Kolkata 5 wkts 2 191 19.4 20.0 Chennai Chennai 27.05.12 Kolkata won this game with two balls to spare providing the third occasion of Kolkata winning a game with two balls to spare in IPL. Kolkata now holds the record for winning most games with two balls to spare in IPL. Bangalore, Chennai and Rajasthan are the other teams to have won two games with two balls to spare in IPL. The complete list of such wins is furnished below No Winner Margin BR Target Overs Max Opposition Ground Date 1 Kolkata 3 wkts 2 175 19.4 20.0 Punjab Kolkata 25.05.08 2 Kolkata 5 wkts 2 140 19.4 20.0 Chennai Chennai 30.04.12 3 Kolkata 5 wkts 2 191 19.4 20.0 Chennai Chennai 27.05.12 1 Bangalore 5 wkts 2 166 19.4 20.0 Mumbai Mumbai...

The Wisden Trophy – A hundred and five wickets at Lord's – SJ Broad is a new entrant to the list

SJ Broad with his 7 for 27 in the first test between England and West Indies at Lord’s in May 2012 became the seventh cricketer to score a hundred and capture five or more wickets in a test at Lord’s – not necessarily in the same test. The following table lists out the seven cricketers who have performed such a feat at Lord’s     No Player Runs/Wkts Team Oppn Ground Mon Year 1 A Flintoff 142 Eng SAF Lord’s Jul 2003   A Flintoff 5-092 Eng Aus Lord’s Jul 2009                 2 GOB Allen 122 Eng NZl Lord’s Jun 1931   GOB Allen 5-035 Eng Ind Lord’s Jun 1936   GOB Allen 5-043 Eng Ind Lord’s Jun 1936                 3 IT Botham 108 Eng Pak Lord’s Jun 1978   IT Botham 8-034 Eng Pak Lord’s Jun 1978   IT Botham 6-101 Eng NZl Lord’s Aug 1978   IT Botham 5-039 Eng NZl Lord’s Aug 1978   IT Botham 5-035 Eng Ind Lord’s Aug 1970   IT Botham 5-046 Eng Ind Lord’s Jun 1982   IT Botham 8-103 Eng Win Lord’s Jun 1984   IT Botham 6-090 Eng Srl Lord’s Aug 1984   IT Botham 5-109 Eng Aus Lord’s Jun 1985                 4 KR Miller 109 Aus Eng Lord’s Jun 1953   KR Miller 5-072 Aus Eng Lord’s Jun 1956   KR Miller 5-080 Aus Eng Lord’s Jun 1956                 5 MH Mankad 184 Ind Eng Lord’s Jun 1952   MH Mankad 5-196 Ind Eng Lord’s Jun 1952                 6 R Illingworth 113 Eng Win Lord’s Jun 1969   R Illingworth 6-029 Eng Ind Lord’s Jun 1967              ...

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