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FOUR WICKETS IN FOUR BALLS – FIVE IN SIX BALLS – IN FIRST CLASS CRICKET

It was a Thursday, June 28, 1862 in Victorian England, and a First-Class match was about to begin at Hove between Kent and hosts Sussex. English cricket was in a state of transition at the time, making the laborious and contentious change from the early underarm mode of bowling to round-arm and finally, to the over-arm form of bowling that we know today. Overs of the time consisted of 4 balls only, and there were many who sported top-hats and gaiters in the field. Pitches were far from perfect and there was always the anticipation of something unusual happening during the course of the game.

 From left: Bob Crisp, the only man to take 4-in-4 twice; Pat Pocock, who took 4 in 4, 5 in 6, 6 in 9, and 7 in 11; and Neil Wagner, the only one to take 5 wickets in an over in First-Class cricket © Getty Images

From left: Bob Crisp, the only man to take 4-in-4 twice; Pat Pocock, who took 4 in 4, 5 in 6, 6 in 9, and 7 in 11; and Neil Wagner, the only one to take 5 wickets in an over in First-Class cricket © Getty Images 

John Hale, skipper of the Sussex team and a former Rugby School alumnus, opted for first strike. He might have regretted the decision soon, because Sussex were bowled out for 101, off 82 overs.

Kent’s main wicket-taker was one Joseph Wells, from Penshurst Place, with figures of 28-13-35-6. It seems that Wells was a nephew of Timothy Duke, related to the Duke family of Penshurst that had been in the business of manufacturing their celebrated brand of six-seam cricket balls with a Royal Patent in 1775. His son, of course, earned more fame, and went by the name of HG Wells.

Bob Crisp: A once-in-a-generation character who also played cricket – Till date, there have been 44 instances of a bowler taking 4 wickets off 4 consecutive balls in First-Class cricket. Bob Crisp is the only bowler to perform the feat twice in his First-Class career, as follows:

– For Western Province (WP) against Griqualand West (GW) at Johannesburg in 1931-32 – Crisp took 8 for 31 in the GW first innings of 114, including a hat-trick. He also took 5 in 8 balls, 6 in 12, and 7 in 25.

– For WP against Natal at Durban in 1933-34 – Crisp took 9 for 64 in the Natal first innings of 214.

In this connection, perhaps a special mention should be made of Neil Wagner, born in 1986 at Pretoria, but whose magic figures materialised while playing for Otago against Wellington at Queenstown in Plunket Shield 2010-11.

Wagner captured a hat-trick in the Wellington first innings of 148, converted that into a 4-in-4, and completed the over by taking 5 wickets in the six-ball over, becoming the first ever, and to date, the only, bowler to do so in the history of First-Class cricket. Bowling the last over before lunch on the third day, Wagner picked up 4 wickets with the first 4 balls of the over, before finishing the over with another wicket off the sixth

Further scrutiny of the available data shows that there had been 8 instances up to the year 1899, 24 instances from 1900 to the year 1999, and 12 instances from the year 2000 till date.

There are only two Indians in this list: Sadanand Mohol and Shankar Saini, both of whom have played relatively few First-Class matches in their respective careers. Let us look at the careers of these two in a little detail.

A right-arm fast-medium bowler, Mohol played 45 matches, capturing 165 wickets at 21.32. His best innings bowling figures were 8 for 42. He had five or more wickets in an innings 9 times and 10 or more wickets in a match twice. He was one of the only two quick bowlers to be selected for the Indian team on the 1967 tour of England, the other being Subrata Guha. Mohol, however, was never awarded a Test cap.

He was playing for the Indian Board President’s XI against a team with the rather involved name of Maharashtra Small Savings Minister’s and Life Insurance Company Chairman’s Combined XI in a Defence Fund Match at the Club of Maharashtra Ground in Poona in 1965-66. Opening bowling with Maharashtra teammate Vasant Ranjane, Mohol captured 6 for 70 from his 29.5 overs (7 maidens) in the opponents’ first innings total of 220.

Mohol took a hat-trick with the wickets of Ajit Wadekar, Sudhakar Adhikari, and Madhukar Gupte, then followed up with the prize scalp of ML Jaisimha with his next ball to become the first Indian bowler to take a 4-in-4 in First-Class cricket.

There was a feeling among the cognoscenti that Mohol had turned out to be a bit of an underachiever as far as his First-Class career went, given his talent and the promise that he had shown in his early days.

Saini was a right arm medium paced bowler. He played 20 matches capturing 57 wickets. His best innings figures read 6 for 21, and his bowling average was 22.85. He had 5 wickets in an innings 4 times, but never 10 wickets in a match.

Saini succeeded in establishing his name in the record books against Himachal Pradesh at Delhi in 1988-89. Delhi declared their first innings closed at 448 for 3 after their first wicket had fallen without any runs on the board. Raman Lamba (118) and Manoj Prabhakar (229*) added 280 for the second wicket. Saini did not bat in the innings.

Himachal Pradesh, a relatively inexperienced and definitely weaker unit, were dismissed for 102 in the first innings, Saini capturing 6 for 21, his best ever innings bowling analysis. His last two deliveries of the first innings got him the wickets of Shakti Singh and Anil Sen.

When he came on to bowl in the second innings, his first delivery earned him the wicket of Shakti again, and Satish Mehra with his next ball. Saini thus became only the second, and till date, last, Indian bowler to capture a 4-in-4, with the added twist of doing this over two innings and capturing the wicket of one batsman (Shakti) twice in the sequence.

Shankar Saini takes four wickets in four balls; dismisses Shakti Singh twice in a hat-trick – In fact, Saini became only the second bowler to dismiss the same batsman twice in the same hat-trick. Back in 1844, William Clarke of all-England had done the same to John Fagge of Kent.

The last bowler till date to have accomplished this feat of a 4-in-4 has been Kelly Smuts, for Eastern Province (EP) against Boland at Paarl in 2015-16. Smuts had a magical game, scoring the only individual century of the game (108) in the only EP innings of 442, and capturing 7 for 36 and 6 for 35.

The feat occurred in the Boland second innings of 144, when Smuts took the wickets of Emile Kriek, Thomas Kannemeyer, wicketkeeper Junaid Cassiem, and Ferisco Adams. EP won by an innings and 93 runs.

Pat Pocock: An off-spinner in the classical mould – It would be a grave injustice to the enigmatic and brilliant Surrey off-break bowler Pat Pocock if we were to conclude this narrative without mentioning his wondrous deeds against Sussex at Eastbourne in August 1972. Pocock’s initial analysis of 2 for 69 in the first innings of 226 was but a prelude to the astounding occurrences to follow in the 2nd innings. The scorecard makes the bare statement that Pocock had a second-innings analysis of 7 for 67 from 16 overs.

The match notes elaborate further on the deeds, as follows: – With 3 overs left of the compulsory 20 in the last hour, Sussex were187 for 1. – Pocock’s penultimate over was w.w2.w

– The final over of the innings (with Sussex needing 5 to win) was bowled by Pocock and went as follows: www1ww, the final wicket being a run out. 5 wickets falling in the final over is unique in First-Class cricket.

Pocock set three world records: – 5 wickets in 6 balls, equalling Bill Copson (this record has, of course, been subsequently surpassed by Wagner as stated above, with his 5 wickets in the same 6-ball over), – 6 wickets in 9 balls, and – 7 in 11. In effect, then, Pocock’s 4-in-4 was also accomplished over 2 overs.

First Published on November 10, 2016 9:57 AM IST Last updated on November 10, 2016 1:02 PM IST – COMPILED BY PRADIP DHOLE IS A RETIRED MEDICAL PRACTITIONER WITH A LIFE-LONG INTEREST IN CRICKET HISTORY AND STATISTICS AND THE ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN CRICKET COUNTRY.COM

Teams posting a total of 800 plus runs in a first class game

Vidarbha posted a total of 800 for 7 declared against Rest of India in the ongoing Irani Trophy at Nagpur to provide the 35th occasion of a team posting a total of 800 plus run in a first-class game. It also provides the seventh occasion of a team posting a total of 800 plus runs in the first-class game on Indian soil. The following table lists all such occasions.

TEAMS POSTING A TOTAL OF 800 PLUS RUNS
No Total Teams Ground Season
1 1107 Victoria  v New South Wales MCG, Melbourne 1926/27
2 1059 Victoria  v Tasmania MCG, Melbourne 1922/23
3 952-6d Sri Lanka  v India Col-RPS 1997
4 951-7d Sind  v Baluchistan Karachi 1973/74
5 944-6d Hyderabad  v Andhra Secunderabad 1993/94
6 918 New South Wales  v South Australia SCG, Sydeny 1900/01
7 912-8d Holkar  v Mysore Yeshwant CG, Indore 1945/46
8 912-6d Tamil Nadu  v Goa Panaji 1988/89
9 910-6d Railways  v Dera Ismail Khan Rlys MIG Lahore 1964/65
10 903-7d England  v Australia Kennington Oval 1938
11 900-6d Queensland  v Victoria Brisbane 2005/06
12 887 Yorkshire  v Warwickshire Birmingham 1896
13 868 North Zone  v West Zone Bhilai 1987/88
14 863 Lancashire  v Surrey Kennington 1990
15 855-6d Bombay  v Hyderabad Bom-WS 1990/91
16 850-7d Somerset  v Middlesex Taunton 2007
17 849 England  v West Indies Kingston 1929/30
18 843 Aus’s  v O and C Uni Past and Present Portsmouth 1893
19 839 New South Wales  v Tasmania SCG, Sydney 1898/99
20 826-4 Maharashtra  v Kathiawar Poona CG, Poona 1948/49
21 824 Lahore Greens  v Bahawalpur B-e-J, Lahore 1965/66
22 821-7d South Australia  v Queensland Adelaide 1939/40
23 815 New South Wales  v Victoria SCG, Sydney 1908/09
24 811 Surrey  v Somerset Kennington Oval 1899
25 810-4d Warwickshire  v Durham Birmingham 1994
26 807 New South Wales  v South Australia Adelaide 1899/00
27 806-8d Victoria  v Queensland MCG, Melbourne 2008/09
28 805 New South Wales  v Victoria MCG, Melbourne 1905/06
29 803 Non-Smokers  v Smokers EMCG, Melbourne 1886/87
30 803-4d Kent  v Essex Brentwood 1934
31 802 New South Wales  v South Australia SCG, Sydney 1920/21
32 802-8d Karachi Blues  v Lahore City Peshawar 1994/95
33 801 Lancashire  v Somerset Taunton 1895
34 801-8d Derbyshire  v Somerset Taunton 2007
35 800-7d Vidarbha v Rest of India Nagpur-J 2017-18
TEAMS POSTING A TOTAL OF 800 PLUS RUNS ON INDIAN SOIL
No Total Teams Ground Season
1 944-6d Hyderabad  v Andhra Secunderabad 1993/94
2 912-8d Holkar  v Mysore Yeshwant CG, Indore 1945/46
3 912-6d Tamil Nadu  v Goa Panaji 1988/89
4 868 North Zone  v West Zone Bhilai 1987/88
5 855-6d Bombay  v Hyderabad Bom-WS 1990/91
6 826-4 Maharashtra  v Kathiawar Poona CG, Poona 1948/49
7 800-7d Vidarbha v Rest of India Nagpur-J 2017-18

 

 

CA Pujara completes Ten thousand first class runs

CA Pujara achieved the landmark of reaching 10,000 runs in First Class Cricket during his knock of 111 not out on the first day of Duleep Trophy Finals between India Blue and India Red at Greater Noida. He reached the landmark when he was on 19 during his knock of 111 not out. At the end of the first day of Duleep Finals, his first class run aggregate read 10092. His 111 not out was his 33rd first class century. The following table shows CA Pujara’s first class career season wise and venue wise prior to the start of the Duleep Trophy Finals

Season Venue M I NO Runs HS Ave C HC Ct St
2005-06 India 3 4 0 181 145  45.25 1 0 1  
2006 Australia 1 2 0 8 4.00 0 0 0  
2006-07 India 8 14 2 600 177  50.00 2 3 1 1
2007-08 Zimbabwe 2 2 0 108 100  54.00 1 0 0  
2007-08 Kenya 1 1 0 9 9.00 0 0 0  
2007-08 India 13 22 5 907 151* 53.35 3 3 12  
2008-09 India 12 19 3 1049 302* 65.56 4 1 5  
2009-10 India 6 10 1 741 204* 82.33 2 5 1  
2010 England 3 4 2 322 208* 161.00 1 1 4  
2010-11 South Africa 2 3 0 31 19  10.33 0 0 6  
2010-11 India 5 8 2 174 72  29.00 0 2 3  
2011-12 India 5 9 1 257 78  32.12 0 3 7  
2012 India 2 3 0 216 159  72.00 1 0 0  
2012 West Indies 3 6 1 252 96* 50.40 0 3 0  
2012-13 India 13 23 6 1585 352  93.23 5 3 5  
2013 South Africa 2 3 0 193 137  64.33 1 1 2  
2013-14 India 8 10 1 882 306* 98.00 4 0 6  
2013-14 South Africa 2 4 0 280 153  70.00 1 1 0  
2013-14 New Zealand 2 4 0 60 23  15.00 0 0 3  
2014 England 8 16 2 441 100* 31.50 1 2 6  
2014-15 India 4 7 1 227 114  37.83 1 0 8  
2014-15 Australia 3 6 0 201 73  33.50 0 1 2  
2015 Sri Lanka 1 2 1 145 145* 145.00 1 0 1  
2015 India 2 4 0 119 55  29.75 0 1 0  
2015 England 4 6 1 264 133* 52.80 1 1 2  
2015-16 India 10 15 1 470 126  33.57 1 1 13  
2016 West Indies 3 2 0 62 46  31.00 0 0 3  
2016-17 India 1 2 0 197 166  98.50 1 0 0  
  Total 129 211 30 9981 352 55.14 32 32 91 1

The following table lists the 33 centuries scored by CA Pujara in his  first class career including his 111 not out in the ongoing Duleep Trophy Finals

Inn Score Match Date
1 145  Saurashtra v Goa 25 Dec 2005
2 177  Saurashtra v Tamil Nadu 17 Dec 2006
3 139  Saurashtra v Delhi 25 Dec 2006
4 100  India A v Zimbabwe Select XI 30 Jul 2007
5 109  Saurashtra v Himachal Pradesh 03 Nov 2007
6 148* Saurashtra v Delhi 15 Nov 2007
7 151* Saurashtra v Rajasthan 23 Nov 2007
8 302* Saurashtra v Orissa 10 Nov 2008
9 189  Saurashtra v Punjab 16 Nov 2008
10 176  Saurashtra v Mumbai 23 Nov 2008
11 112* Saurashtra v Karnataka 26 Dec 2008
12 204* Saurashtra v Maharashtra 17 Nov 2009
13 110  West Zone v North Zone 26 Jan 2010
14 208* India A v West Indies A 17 Jun 2010
15 159  India v New Zealand 23 Aug 2012
16 206* India v England 15 Nov 2012
17 135  India v England 23 Nov 2012
18 203* Saurashtra v Madhya Pradesh 29 Dec 2012
19 352  Saurashtra v Karnataka 06 Jan 2013
20 204  India v Australia 02 Mar 2013
21 137  India A v South Africa A 17 Aug 2013
22 306* India A v West Indies A 09 Oct 2013
23 113  India v West Indies 14 Nov 2013
24 102  Saurashtra v Bengal 21 Nov 2013
25 269  Saurashtra v Tamil Nadu 28 Nov 2013
26 153  India v South Africa 18 Dec 2013
27 100* Derbyshire v Leicestershire 23 Sep 2014
28 114  Saurashtra v Vidarbha 13 Jan 2015
29 133* Yorkshire v Hampshire 10 May 2015
30 145* India v Sri Lanka 28 Aug 2015
31 126  Saurashtra v Assam 13 Feb 2016
32 166  India Blue v India Green 04 Sep 2016
33 111* India Blue v India Red 10 Sep 2016

 Notes – All statistics as of 10.09.16

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