Benedict Bermange's favourite 15 cricket stats, featuring Walt Disney and a South African train!
Last Updated: 05/02/18 1:34pm
Sky Sports number cruncher Benedict Bermange provides us with all manner of cricketing statistics - but which are his favourite of all time?
Benedict has been tweeting out his top 15 recently and we've collated them all below, including stats on Alec Stewart, Walt Disney, a South African train, an umpiring error - and how one man smashed a ball into another county.
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14: New Zealand's Mark Craig is the only player to hit his first ball in Test cricket for six. Wayne Daniel - on the other hand - is the only player to hit his LAST ball in Test cricket for six.— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 21, 2018
13: Annemarie Tanke played 39 ODIs for the Netherlands and one Test. In that match she managed to face 56 deliveries without scoring and was run out for 0 in both innings attempting her first run.— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 22, 2018
12: In the 1978 season David Steele scored 1182 runs in 31 completed innings, to average 38.12. His younger brother John also scored 1182 runs from 31 completed innings at an average of 38.12.— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 23, 2018
11: In 2016 Pi (π) Day (22/7 = 3.14) coincided with the first day of the Old Trafford Test when England ended with their score on 314. An added bonus was that Joe Root ended on 141, which is approximately the square Root of 2 (1.41).— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 24, 2018
10: Playing for the touring Indians in 1932, CK Nayudu hit a ball from Hal Jarrett across the River Rea at Edgbaston. The river at the time marked the county boundary between Warwickshire and Worcestershire so he hit the ball into a different county!— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 25, 2018
9: Aunshaman Gaekwad (1985) and Chris Rogers (2015) are the only Test cricketers to end their Test careers in the same year as their total number of Test runs.— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 26, 2018
8: Playing for Bangladesh against Hong Kong on 16 July 2004 Mohammad Rafique became the only man since 28 May 1995 to bowl more than ten overs in an ODI due to a miscalculation by the umpires and scorers.— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 27, 2018
7: While acknowledging that hat-tricks do not carry across matches, Gerry Hazlitt (Aus) in 1912 and Godfrey Lawrence (SA) in 1962 may still have been disappointed to have ended their Test careers with two wickets in two balls! There may still be hope for 85-year old Lawrence!— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 28, 2018
6: England’s teams at Nottingham and The Oval in 2015 had just 53 letters in their combined surnames, breaking Australia’s 55-letter record set at Faisalabad in 1988: Lyth, Cook, Bell, Root, Bairstow, Stokes, Buttler, Ali, Broad, Wood, Finn.— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 29, 2018
5: Jackie McGlew never took more than two wickets in an innings in his career. But, playing for Natal against Transvaal in February 1964, he took a hat-trick, ending Transvaal's first innings, and taking two more wickets with his first two deliveries in their second.— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 30, 2018
4: On 16 July 1932 Walt Disney was in the crowd at Innisfail Park to see Don Bradman dismissed without scoring for the touring Australians against New York West Indians. He subsequently decided to name his new animated duck "Donald"— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) January 31, 2018
3: In his second innings of the first Test against Australia in 1902 Jimmy Sinclair hit a six off Warwick Armstrong at the old Wanderers' Ground in Johannesburg which landed on a train bound for Cape Town and was only recovered two days later at that destination - 956 miles away.— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) February 1, 2018
2: When Michael Clarke scored his second run in his second innings of the 2013 Perth Ashes Test, if you added his and Alastair Cook's Test careers at the time, they summed to exactly the same as Sachin Tendulkar's final Test career (as we showed). pic.twitter.com/Ds7eGqab16— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) February 2, 2018
1: When New South Wales played Victoria at Sydney in 1907, Charles Macartney had a better bowling average than Monty Noble in both innings. However, before he claimed the 'Player of the Match' award, Noble could have pointed out that his overall match average was better! pic.twitter.com/OFANgYnLwT— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) February 3, 2018