9 December 2009

... and the less said about the rest, the better

This is a quick trivia post in response to some queries raised by MiPiL on TMSB Exiles. He wanted to know

What's the lowest completed innings to contain
— 1 individual 100
— 1 individual 200
— 2 individual 100s?

To begin with, I assumed he was talking about test cricket. Altogether, there have been a dozen occasions on which an all-out test innings of less than 200 has included one individual three-figure score; details are given in Table 1.

The top two both took place at the same ground, albeit getting on for half a century apart. It wasn't all that unusual for the New Zealand side of the late 1950s and early 1960s to rely on John Reid to salvage a little respectability from some otherwise one-sided encounters, but this was never more dramatically the case than in the match identified here. Reid had top-scored in New Zealand's first innings, but his second-innings ton was even more isolated: despite Reid's score of exactly 100, the Kiwis were able to scrape together just 159, and the skipper was the only batsman to pass 22.

Note that the entry in sixth place on the list is a very recent one: as more experienced heads were lost around him, Adrian Barath – playing in his debut test match at the age of nineteen – was the only West Indian batsman to mount any resistance to the Australian bowlers during the first test of the current series, at Brisbane. If he can repeat the success of his very well received 104 (and the rest of the team can fail to replicate their less distinguished performances), the future of West Indies cricket may appear somewhat brighter than it has been painted, of late.

Table 1: Lowest all-out test innings to feature an individual century

Total Team Centurion Match 159 New Zealand JR Reid 2nd inns -v- England at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, 1962/63 170 Sri Lanka KC Sangakkara 2nd inns -v- New Zealand at Jade Stadium, Christchurch, 2006/07 177 South Africa JH Sinclair 1st inns -v- England at Newlands, Cape Town, 1898/99 182 South Africa HW Taylor 1st inns -v- England at Lord's, Durban, 1913/14 184 Australia MJ Slater 2nd inns -v- England at Sydney Cricket Ground, 1998/99 187 West Indies A Barath 2nd inns -v- Australia at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, 2009/10 191 Australia DG Bradman 2nd inns -v- England at Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1932/33 191 England MC Cowdrey 1st inns -v- Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1954/55 193 West Indies GA Headley 1st inns -v- Australia at Exhibition Ground, Brisbane, 1930/31 194 West Indies RR Sarwan 2nd inns -v- South Africa at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, 2004/05 198 Australia GN Yallop 1st inns -v- England at Sydney Cricket Ground, 1978/79 198 Australia KJ Hughes 1st inns -v- West Indies at Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1981/82 figures correct at 27-Nov-2009

The lowest all-out test innings to feature an individual double-century is also a fairly recent one. Virender Sehwag's 201* at Galle last summer was, notably, the only three-figure score of an otherwise low-scoring match, and certainly proved to be the difference between the two sides. Interestingly, this innings is the third-highest rated innings in test history according to the ICC rankings (the highest of Sehwag's three entries in the top ten). Opinions vary about the validity of the ICC rankings (it would help me make up my mind if they ever published how the blessed things are actually calculated), but one factor they seek to reward is runscoring that stands in contrast to a lower level of achievement by team-mates and opponents. This being the case, it is unsurprising to see Sehwag's sore thumb of an innings accorded very high value. All in all, there have been ten test innings in which a double-hundred is found amongst an all-out total of fewer than 400 runs.

Table 2: Lowest all-out test innings to feature an individual double-century

Total Team Centurion Match 329 India V Sehwag 1st inns -v- Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, 2008 344 England L Hutton 1st inns -v- West Indies at Kennington Oval, 1950 353 South Africa RG Pollock 1st inns -v- Australia at Newlands, Cape Town, 1966/67 371 Australia AR Morris 1st inns -v- England at Adelaide Oval, 1950/51 374 India AD Gaekwad 1st inns -v- Pakistan at Gandhi Stadium, Jalandhar, 1983/84 383 West Indies CL Walcott 1st inns -v- England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, 1953/54 386 New Zealand GM Turner 1st inns -v- West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, 1971/72 387 India DN Sardesai 1st inns -v- West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, 1970/71 390 West Indies BC Lara 1st inns -v- Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, 2001/02 391 Australia ML Hayden 1st inns -v- India at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai, 2000/01 figures correct at 27-Nov-2009

The answer to MiPiL's third question also features a game from the last twelve months. This time, our heroes are Jesse Ryder and Daniel Vettori. Between them, they scored 220 (79%) of the 279 runs New Zealand scraped together against India at Hamilton earlier this year. After their centuries, the next-highest score in the innings was just 18. In sixth place on the list, Allan Border and Greg Matthews had cause to be even more fed up with their colleagues: Border's 152* and Matthews's 115 amounted to over 80% of Australia's innings total, as they succumbed to an innings defeat in a match which is best remembered for Richard Hadlee's tour de force performance with the ball.

Table 3: Lowest all-out test innings to feature two individual centuries

Total Team Centurions Match 279 New Zealand JD Ryder; DL Vettori 1st inns -v- India at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 2008/09 284 Australia WM Lawry; IM Chappell 1st inns -v- West Indies at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, 1968/69 313 England H Sutcliffe; GE Tyldesley 1st inns -v- South Africa at Old Wanderers, Johannesburg, 1927/28 328 Sri Lanka RP Arnold; RS Kaluwitharana 1st inns -v- Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, 1998/99 329 West Indies RR Sarwan; S Chanderpaul 2nd inns -v- South Africa at Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, Durban, 2003/04 333 Australia AR Border; GRJ Matthews 2nd inns -v- New Zealand at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, 1985/86 335 Australia WM Woodfull; CG Macartney 1st inns -v- England at Old Trafford, Manchester, 1926 339 Australia GN Yallop; KJ Hughes 2nd inns -v- England at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, 1978/79 344 England JH Hampshire; R Illingworth 1st inns -v- West Indies at Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, 1969 347 Australia GHS Trott; SE Gregory 2nd inns -v- England at Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, 1896 347 Sri Lanka RS Madugalle; A Ranatunga 1st inns -v- India at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, 1985 348 West Indies CH Gayle; RR Sarwan 2nd inns -v- South Africa at Centurion Park, 2003/04 349 Australia ML Hayden; AC Gilchrist 1st inns -v- India at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, 2000/01 350 Pakistan Hanif Mohammad; Saeed Ahmed 1st inns -v- India at Brabourne Stadium, Bombay, 1960/61 figures correct at 27-Nov-2009

In case MiPiL (or anyone else, for that matter) was interested in casting his net further than the test arena,
Tables 4–6, below, present analogous information to Tables 1–3 for all first-class cricket.

Table 4: Lowest all-out first-class innings to feature an individual century

Total Team Centurion Match 143 Gujranwala Rizwan Malik 1st inns -v- Bahawalpur at Bahawal Stadium, Bahawalpur, 14 Jan 2002 143 Nottinghamshire CEB Rice 1st inns -v- Hampshire at Dean Park, Bournemouth, 04 Jul 1981 144 Kent FE Woolley 2nd inns -v- Warwickshire at Cheriton Road Sports Ground, Folkestone, 24 Jun 1931 148 Parsees RP Meherhomji 2nd inns -v- Europeans at Gymkhana Ground, Bombay, 27 Aug 1907 153 Gloucestershire TW Graveney 1st inns -v- Essex at Gidea Park Sports Ground, Romford, 23 May 1956 156 Gloucestershire GM Emmett 1st inns -v- Oxford University at The University Parks, Oxford, 01 May 1948 157 Leicestershire S Jayasinghe 1st inns -v- Northamptonshire at County Ground, Northampton, 22 Aug 1964 157 Northamptonshire JE Timms 1st inns -v- Kent at Crabble Athletic Ground, Dover, 15 Aug 1934 158 Kent TG Evans 1st inns -v- Leicestershire at Grace Road, Leicester, 25 Aug 1951 159 New Zealand JR Reid 2nd inns -v- England at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, 15 Mar 1963 159 United South of England WG Grace 1st inns -v- United North of England Eleven at Argyle Street, Hull, 03 Aug 1876 159 Worcestershire TW Graveney 2nd inns -v- Leicestershire at Grace Road, Leicester, 01 Jun 1968 160 Nottinghamshire KP Pietersen 1st inns -v- Worcestershire at County Ground, New Road, Worcester, 29 Jun 2001 160 Wellington JR Reid 2nd inns -v- Auckland at Eden Park, Auckland, 01 Feb 1952 figures correct at 27-Nov-2009

Table 5: Lowest all-out first-class innings to feature an individual double-century

Total Team Centurion Match 282 Namibia G Snyman 2nd inns -v- Kenya at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, 29 Jan 2008 298 Gloucestershire TW Graveney 1st inns -v- Glamorgan at Rodney Parade, Newport, 08 Aug 1956 311 Glamorgan Javed Miandad 2nd inns -v- Essex at Castle Park Cricket Ground, Colchester, 29 Aug 1981 315 Victoria WH Ponsford 1st inns -v- South Australia at Adelaide Oval, 03 Dec 1926 321 Midlands DA Marillier 2nd inns -v- Manicaland at Kwekwe Sports Club, 12 Apr 2005 326 Sind Naoomal Jaoomal 1st inns -v- Nawanagar at Karachi Gymkhana Ground, 24 Dec 1938 328 Southern Punjab S Wazir Ali 1st inns -v- Bengal at Eden Gardens, Calcutta, 18 Feb 1939 329 India V Sehwag 1st inns -v- Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, 31 Jul 2008 329 Middlesex EH Hendren 1st inns -v- Northamptonshire at Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, 26 Aug 1931 331 Canterbury GT Dowling 1st inns -v- Wellington at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, 29 Dec 1962 332 Hampshire CG Greenidge 1st inns -v- Yorkshire at Headingley, Leeds, 30 Jul 1977 333 Northamptonshire L Livingston 1st inns -v- Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, 28 Aug 1954 337 Nottinghamshire CJ Poole 1st inns -v- Derbyshire at Rutland Recreation Ground, Ilkeston, 26 Jul 1952 338 Mysore V Subramanya 1st inns -v- Madras at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Madras, 21 Jan 1967 338 New South Wales SG Barnes 1st inns -v- Queensland at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, 23 Nov 1945 figures correct at 27-Nov-2009

Table 6: Lowest all-out first-class innings to feature two individual centuries

Total Team Centurions Match 250 Otago BE Congdon; KO Campbell 1st inns -v- Central Districts at Carisbrook, Dunedin, 28 Dec 1972 252 Marylebone Cricket Club L Hutton; MC Cowdrey 1st inns -v- New South Wales at Sydney Cricket Ground, 12 Nov 1954 258 Hampshire CL Smith; KD James 1st inns -v- Derbyshire at Queen's Park, Chesterfield, 23 Jul 1991 268 Essex N Hussain; GA Gooch 1st inns -v- Hampshire at County Ground, Chelmsford, 16 Sep 1993 268 South Australia TC Plant; CJ Ferguson 2nd inns -v- New South Wales at Sydney Cricket Ground, 02 Dec 2004 269 Karachi Port Trust Ahmer Saeed; Saad Wasim 2nd inns -v- Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited at Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, 14 Feb 2005 271 Burgher Recreation Club DM Perumal; DN Pathirana 1st inns -v- Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club at Burgher Recreation Club Ground, Colombo, 31 Oct 2003 271 Lancashire W Place; BJ Howard 1st inns -v- Northamptonshire at Old Trafford, Manchester, 16 Jul 1947 272 Worcestershire NH Whiting; LF Outschoorn 1st inns -v- Oxford University at The University Parks, Oxford, 28 May 1952 275 Gentlemen of the South WL Murdoch; W Newham 1st inns -v- Players of the South at Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, 17 Sep 1894 279 New Zealand JD Ryder; DL Vettori 1st inns -v- India at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 18 Mar 2009 279 Warwickshire FC Gardner; AVG Wolton 1st inns -v- Sussex at Edgbaston, Birmingham, 02 May 1956 280 New South Wales HSB Love; HL Collins 2nd inns -v- Victoria at Melbourne Cricket Ground, 24 Dec 1921 figures correct at 27-Nov-2009

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