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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  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)...

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...

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 6  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  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...

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