Sunday, April 06, 2008

Largest deficits to win

Something a little less full-on today, back to first-class trivia. The largest first innings deficit leading to a win is 402 runs, in this match. But it was a contrived result: Central Districts made 464, Northern Districts replied with 2dec/62, Central 0dec/26, Northern 8/429 won by two wickets. Ignoring matches where the team batting second declared behind, and also ignoring the forfeited Test, the top five deficits to win are (up to the end of the 2007 English season):

384: Barbados 175 & 7dec/726 def. Trinidad 559 & 217, 1926/7

291: Australia 256 & 471 def. Sri Lanka 8dec/547 & 164, 1992/3

287: Manicaland 9dec/513 & 146 lost to Mashonaland 226 & 506 (f/o), 2001/2

279: Western Province 460 & 3dec/219 lost to South African Universities 181 & 7/500, 1978/9

277: Nottinghamshire 4dec/431 & 0dec/94 lost to Lancashire 154 & 4/372, 1961

I can only find two instances of a batsman being out stumped X bowled Y in the first innings, and stumped Y bowled X in the second. They are Frederick Thackeray in this match (st: Cobbett b: Bayley in the first innings, st: Bayley b: Cobbett in the second) in 1839, and Ron Oxenham in this match (st: Strudwick b: Freemand in the first innings, st: Freemand b: Strudwick in the second) in 1924/5.

This looked like something you might have done.
Thanks for the link, Anonymous. It couldn't have been me, however, since it has far too many big equations and uses hazard functions.

I'll have a closer look at it later.
I'm surprised that a bowler and keeper have combined only twice to dismiss the same batsman in reverse positions in the same match. I would have never imagined it happening once.

How often have batsman in Test cricket been stumped by the same bowler and keeper combination in both innings of a match?

Seems somewhat careless from a cricketing perspective but I'm reasonably sure it would have happened at least once a decade.

If you can David, please enlighten us!!
Your guess of once a decade is quite accurate - there have been eleven batsmen out stumped to the same bowler twice in a Test. That's actually a lot less than I thought there would be. But Warne took two wickets by stumpings four times in his long career, so I guess stumpings are rarer than I thought they were.

Anyway, the first batsmen to be out stumped to the same bowler twice in a Test was Bobby Peel (st: Jarvis b: Turner) in 1894/5. This happened fairly regularly for a while - the eighth was in 1952/3. But the ninth only happened in 1987/8. The most recent was Christopher Mpofu, who was st: McCullum b: Vettori for a pair.
Thanks David and once again I am astounded at the speed in which you can rattle off the more obscure statistics and intimate cricketing phenomenon.

I'll be back with a new conundrum tomorrow, I better make the most of your free time before the real research begins!
Well cricket was truly an all-rounders game almost 200 years ago!

In recent times, perhaps the only player who did it all reasonably at the highest level is Jimmy Adams.
Soulberry, you're ignoring Tim Zoehrer, the greatest wicket-keeper of all-time.
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