This week in history: 25-31 March
In our never-ending quest to expand your cricket knowledge, and increase your chances of winning your weekly pub quiz, here are some snippets of cricketing history that happened this week but in the past.
1991: Allan Border embarrasses Australia's front-line bowlers as he claims 4 for 0 in nine balls to finish with figures of 5 for 68 in Guyana. His five-fer helped Australia to finally dismiss the Windies 569.
1992: Pakistan are on top of the world after Imran Khan leads the team victory in the World Cup final against England in Melbourne. Imran – playing in his last ODI – scored 72 and took one wicket, but the real hero was Wasim Akram who smashed 33 off 21 balls and picked up 3 for 49.
2001: Mashonaland's Eddo Brandes picks up 5 for 12 and Brian Strang 5 for 6 as Zimbabwe's Matabeleland are bowled out for 19 in a Logan Cup match in Harare. Matabeleland faced only 71 balls making it the eighth shortest innings in first-class cricket in terms of balls faced.
1959: Mushtaq Mohammad becomes Test cricket's youngest player after debuting for Pakistan at the age of 15 years 124 days against the West Indies in Lahore.
2000: Steve Waugh becomes the first player to score 150 runs against all Test playing nations (Bangladesh didn't have Test status at the time) during the second Test against New Zealand at Wellington.
1986: Asanka Gurusinha and Arjuna Ranatunga becomes the first Sri Lankan pair to bat through a whole day as they share an unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership of 240 against Pakistan in Colombo. The match and series finished in a draw.
1991: Not much sportsmanship from the West Indies as they controversially run out Dean Jones in Guyana en route to a 10 wicket win over Australia. Jones was bowled off a no-ball by Courtney Walsh and headed to the dressing room as he didn't hear the call from the umpire. Carl Hooper picked up the ball and ran Jones out. The umpire gave him out despite Law 38.2 stating that "If a no-ball has been called, the striker shall not be given run out unless he attempts to run".
1951: New Zealand leg-spinner Alex Moir mistakenly bowls two successive overs – the last over before tea and the first after the break – in the second Test against England in Auckland. Warwick Armstrong was the previous bowler to do this in 1921.
1981: The Antigua Recreation Ground in St John's hosts its first Test and local hero Viv Richards marks the occasion in style with 114. Ninety of his runs came from boundaries.
2007: Lasith Malinga dismisses Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini off successive balls to become the first player to take four wickets in four balls. South Africa somehow managed to win the World Cup match in Guyana by one wicket.
2001: South Africa batsman Daryll Cullinan scores 134 against the West Indies in Barbados, the last of his 14 Test centuries before retirement. The Proteas ended up making 454, but the game ended in a draw.
2011: Sri Lanka and New Zealand contest the semi-finals of the World Cup, and the Lankans end up winning by five wickets, dooming the Black Caps to a sixth semi-final defeat. Sangakkara and Dilshan's half tons saw then reach the 218 required. They ended up losing to India in the final.
1946: The final day of Australia all-rounder Bill O'Reilly's career. He played 27 Tests, and in this final outing, against New Zealand, he took five and three wickets in one day, as the Kiwis were all out for 42 and 54, and the game was over inside two days.
1994: England are all out for 46 against the West Indies at Port of Spain. They only needed 194 runs to win the match, but Curtley Ambrose ripped through the order and took six wickets, while Courtney Walsh took the tother three. They were the only two bowlers required in that innings, as the Windies won by 147 runs.
2000: Pakistan beat South Africa by 16 runs to win the final of the Coca-Cola Cup, a tri-series with India. Pakistan reached 263 for six, with three half tons, and the Proteas were all out for 247, thanks to Waqar Younis's four wickets. Hansie Cronje made 79.
2007: Bangladesh are demolished by Australia in the World Cup Super Eights in the Caribbean, losing by 10 wickets. The Tigers made 104/6 in their rain-reduced game, and the Aussies had 22 overs to get that, but needed only 13.5.
Andrew Strauss sets five-year goal for England men’s side to rule all formats
The former England captain and director of cricket is overseeing a high performance review into English cricket.
Shane Warne to be remembered during England’s Test with New Zealand at Lord’s
The former player and TV pundit died aged 52 on March 4 after a suspected heart attack.
Sport moves fast – Ben Compton goes from relative unknown to England contention
The opener is averaging a spectacular 109.75 after amassing 878 LV= Insurance County Championship runs.
Dom Sibley can show he is England’s ‘best opener’ says team-mate Michael Burgess
The Warwickshire pair are part of a County Select XI that will face New Zealand in Chelmsford on Thursday.
Warwickshire chief executive insists The Hundred and Vitality Blast can coexist
Questions have been raised after reports of slow ticket sales for the Blast.
Sam Billings hopeful as Kent prepare to launch defence of Vitality Blast crown
No team have ever retained the title in the history of the competition.
England all-rounder Chris Woakes has ‘no timescale’ on return from ankle injury
Woakes has not played for England or Warwickshire since March.
Joe Clarke expresses ’embarrassment and shame’ over his part in Whatsapp group
Clarke engaged in discussions of a degrading game of sexual conquests alongside Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Alex Hepburn in 2017.
Matthew Mott feels ‘aligned’ with Eoin Morgan after discussing England plans
Mott has been appointed England’s white-ball coach after a hugely successful spell in charge of Australia Women.
On This Day in 2003: James Anderson takes five wickets on Test debut
Anderson started as he meant to go on 19 years ago on his first appearance.