Answers to the great Turl CC after dinner cricket quiz

Turl's 'baggy blue'

Turl’s ‘baggy blue’

The cricket trivia quiz is a Turl CC tour tradition. (The club isn’t constrained by tradition, having cast off the ‘playing cricket’ element of its tour in 2013). This year’s quiz had the theme of English Test cricket.

Please mark your own answers. Results, comments, praise and abuse for the quiz master, David Barclay, can be submitted as comments.

Round 9 – Pictures of cricketers who played briefly for England in 1980s and number of Tests they played in total (Declaration Game score 1/10)

1. Andy Lloyd (1)

2. James Whitaker (1)

3. Arnie Sidebottom (1)

4. John Childs (2)

5. Paul Terry (2)

6. John Stephenson (1)

7. Roland Butcher (3)

8. Graham Stevenson (2)

9. Alan Igglesdon (3)

10. Tony Pigott (1)

Total 17 Tests.

Round 8 – Commentators (Declaration Game score 6/10)

1 Which lover of White Chardonnay has a home in Beaulieu-sur-Mer and blames exposure to the Provencal sun for his lips colour changing from faint puce to light lilac ? Richie Benaud
2 Who said, when it appeared that he would be called from the commentary box to play for England against India in 1964, “”I don’t care if Cowdrey and Parfitt are flying out as replacements. If I make 50 or above in either innings, I’m damned if I’ll stand down for Calcutta.” Henry Blofeld
3 Who ran his own team, the Malta Maniacs, and died of Legionnaire’s Disease? Bill Frindall
4 Whose voice was described by Dylan Thomas as “A sound like Uncle Tom Cobleigh reading Neville Cardus to faraway natives” John Arlott
5 Whose first two test wickets in 1984 were Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards but finished with 4 wickets at 93.25 each ? Jonathan Agnew
6 Whose writing style was described as “half way between the 10 commandments and Enid Blyton” and was famously so unwilling to leave London it is thought that he visited Leicester and Northampton only once? E W Swanton
7 Whose TV credits, although not as a contestant, included both Miss World and Come Dancing ? Peter West
8 Whose off break was described by John Arlott as “not merely his bread and butter but his staff of life” ? Jim Laker
9 Who took an Etonian’s third in History from New College, joined the family coffee import business before World War II, took a commission in the Grenadier Guards and was awarded the MC in the aftermath of D-Day ? Brian Johnston
10 Who is named after Woody Guthrie’s son ? Arlo White

Round 7 – Slow bowlers (Declaration Game score 8/10)

1 Who, according to his wife, “had a reputation for being arrogant and difficult because he was arrogant and difficult” Phil Edmonds
2 Who, reputedly while drunk, either bowled at the sightscreen, mistaking the large white shape for a Middlesex batsman, or urinated on the wicket, or both, and was helped from the field “and out of first class cricket” by Lord Hawke ? Bobby Peel
3 Which off spinner bagged two consecutive pairs in Tests in 1984, facing 42 balls in total before getting out to Garner, Harper, Marshall and Holding respectively ? Pat Pocock
4 Who was the last specialist leg spinner to play for England until Ian Salisbury and scored a 44 minute hundred for his county against the 1975 Australians which won the Lawrence trophy ? Robin Hobbs
5 Of whom was it said that England “carried him like an umbrella, in case of rain” and who scored his maiden first class century in 1984 at the age of 39 ? Derek Underwood
6 When the crowd at Brisbane in 1982 released a pig onto the outfield, it had Botham painted on one side, and which spinner’s name on the other ? Eddie Hemmings
7 Who in 1977 nearly took a hat trick on debut, only for Mike Brearley to recall Iqbal Qasim because he was unsure whether the catch had carried to him at slip ? Geoff Cope
8 Who recently compared his own catching style to that of Edward Scissorhands ? Monty Panesar
9 Was awarded one of the first batch of 12 central contracts in 2000 but only played 2 Tests and never took a wicket ? Chris Schofield
10 Played 21 Tests between 1996 and 2001 for what he called “The British Lions” ? Robert Croft

Round 6 – New ball bowlers (Declaration Game score: 7/10)

1 Who said after watching a black and white film of himself “I’d have looked even faster in colour.” Fred Trueman
2 Whose arrival at the crease at No. 11 for Leicestershire with 20 needed to save the follow on against Surry led by a whirlwind Sylvester Clarke prompted David Gower to say “I just can’t do it” and declare ? Les Taylor
3 Who, in 1954, is thought to be the only English bowler to have bowled a ball which was so fast and lifted so violently that it hit the sightscreen behind the wicketkeeper on the full going for 6 byes ? Frank Tyson
4 Who played three Tests in the 1990s, was described by Australians as “the rat who joined the sinking ship” and consumed 72 pints of Guinness in 48 hours on team mate Steve Marsh’s stag weekend ? Martin McCague
5 Which poet and son of a clergyman was born in Peopleton ? John Snow
6 Was unable to tie his touring MCC tie because of Klippel-Feil syndrome, which causes the fusion of the cervical vertebrae ? Gladstone Small
7 In 1979 had the new Lord’s bowling machine named after him because it used to break down so regularly ? Chris Old
8 With which No 11 did coach David Lloyd make a bet – “You get 30 and I’ll buy you 30 pints of Guinness”. On an all time high score of 24, the batsman shouted to the dressing room “Get em in” at which point he was yorked by Wasim Akram. Alan Mullally
9 Who when on loan to Somerset from Lancashire in 2012 got lost trying to find Taunton, which was summed up by a commentator as typical of his bowling – “Tries to find the right area but could actually be anywhere” ? Sajid Mahmood
10 Which qualified helicopter pilot was skilled at fixing his team mates equipment with his Swiss Army knife, in particular Alec Stewart’s wicket keeping gloves and Nasser Hussain’s TV ? Andy Caddick

Round 5 – Wicket keepers (Declaration Game score 9/10)

1 played two tests against India in 1993, took 2 catches and scored 7 runs in four innings (av 1.75) and later wrote an autobiography called Taking it from behind ? Richard Blakey
2 played football for Bradford City several times in the late 1960s and early 1970s ? David Bairstow
3 drove to matches zipped in a sleeping bag with the bottom cut out to avoid getting a chill in his back and had a wooden block under the accelerator to avoid straining his Achilles tendon ? Jack Russell
4 currently turns a not quite blind eye to the investment portfolios of the aristocracy at J P Morgan Cazenove ? Paul Downton
5 was recruited from the hospitality tent aged 44 to cover for the injured Bruce French against New Zealand in 1986 at Lord’s, two years after his retirement ? Bob Taylor
6 working for Ladbrokes, was responsible for setting the odds of 500-1 against England at Headingley in 1981 ? Godfrey Evans
7 has scored one more 100 (8) than Matt Prior ? Les Ames
8 was christened Clifton James ? Jack Richards
9 chose his one day squad number (4) because it was worn by his footballing hero, John Hollins ? Alec Stewart
10 Lives most of the year in Cyprus, keeping up his exercise regime with swimming, tennis and dancing at an ex-pat bar called the Frog and Toad ? Alan Knott

Round 4 – All-rounders (Declaration Game score: 9/10)


Played one Test in South Africa in 1999-2000, made a pair, took 0-63 and didn’t take a catch ?

Gavin Hamilton


Injured his back in 1982 when a chair collapsed under him as he was putting some complimentary tickets in envelopes ?

Derek Pringle


Of his 21 Test wickets between 1987 and 1990, dismissed Viv Richards three times ?

David Capel


Shaved his head and then got sunstroke in 1994 ?

Chris Lewis


Took 4-53 in Pakistan’s first innings on debut at Edgbaston in 1982 sharing the new ball with Ian Botham but took no more wickets in his brief 2 test career ?

Ian Greig


According to his then trouser manufacturer was “a big unit who likes to get very animated when he is appealing, which puts extra duress on the crotch area of his trousers.”

Andrew Flintoff


Failed to recognise Don Bradman and asked him to carry his luggage at Adelaide airport in 1974 ?

Tony Greig


Played 4 Tests in the 1990s and top scored v WI with 82*, putting on an unbeaten 80 for the 10th wicket with Richard Illingworth. When asked for a comment as to the motive for captain Atherton’s declaration said “He’s a red isn’t he and he didn’t want a Bolton lad to steal the show.”

Mike Watkinson


Said on being dropped again, “Wait till the world champions turn up, then I’ll be in again” and played 15 of his 24 Tests against WI, scoring 2 unbeaten 100s ?

Peter Willey


When first selected in 1966 let the selectors believe he was 31, but was in fact at least 35 and may have been 38 ?

Basil d’Oliveira

Round 3. Opening Batsmen (Declaration Game score: 6/10)


When run out by a team mate for slow scoring sat with his head under a towel muttering “What am I doing ? Playing with children ?”

Geoff Boycott


After making 0 in the second innings of his debut Test v SA in 1998 guarded against fate by refusing to allow his daughter to play with plastic ducks in the bath, but only played one further Test anyway ?

Steve James


Was described by Gideon Haigh as “an ersatz opening batsman [between 1980 and 1984], who did not so much score runs as smuggle them out by stealth…” and who had “that Trevor Baileyesque quality of making every ditch a last one.”

Chris Tavare


Gave as his favourite meal “Sausages, chips, sausages, toast, sausages, beans, sausages, cheese, sausages, eggs and the occasional sausage”?

Marcus Trescothick


Was the first batsman for 60 years to be given out obstructing the field in a game in England, for Surrey against Gloucestershire in 2011 ?

Mark Ramprakash


Was the batsman given out the same way in 1951, this time for England v South Africa ?

Len Hutton


Is thought to be the only spectator who witnessed Hanif Mohammed’s 499 (as a 10 year old schoolboy) and Lara’s 501* (as a county coach) ?

Bob Woolmer


Whose citation as one of Wisden’s cricketers of the century in 2000 read “He was never as dominant as Bradman; he never wanted to be. But his contemporaries were in awe of his ability to play supremely and at whim, whatever the conditions.”

Jack Hobbs


Scored almost 1000 runs at just under 70 in his first 11 Tests but was blown away by Joel Garner, Patrick Patterson and Malcolm Marshall in 1986, scoring 72 in 8 innings ?

Tim Robinson


Was dismissed first ball 3 times in 212 innings, lbw to Curtly Ambrose, lbw to Fanie de Villiers and caught behind by Mark Boucher off Shaun Pollock ?

Mike Atherton

Round 2. Chair of Selectors (Declaration Game score: 5/10)


Stood as the Conservative candidate against Jim Callaghan in Cardiff South East in 1964 and once declared an innings closed whilst at Brighton racecourse ?

Ted Dexter


Treated Lords like a second home, having his own set of keys to the Lords pavilion but thought that the Aborigines he saw on tour in Australia in 1936-7 were “a ghastly sight and the sooner they die out the better” ?

Gubby Allen


Was the Chair of Selectors about whom Geoff Boycott said “he should have spelt his name with an A” after dropping Boycott for slow scoring in 1965 ?

Doug Insole


With his brother JWH, was never beaten at Eton Fives and won the National Championship between 1951 and 1953, and married Victoria Gilligan, daughter of Arthur Gilligan, the England captain was toured Australia in 1924-5 under MI5 surveillance because of his Fascist connections ?

Peter May


Was a founder member in 1975 of Ross and Norris McWhirter’s Freedom Association, and objected to the Commonwealth Gleneagles Declaration which outlawed sporting contacts with South Africa saying “What’s a bloody golf course got to do with it ?”

Alec Bedser


Learned to bat in the 1870s in a marble corridor in Trinidad, where his father was Attorney General, against the bowling of a servant named Hummingbird ?

Pelham Warner


Served in the Boer War, was an MP for 11 years, was Governor of Bengal, surviving an assassination attempt in Calcutta in 1932 and died of complications from a broken leg in 1947, having been run over in Hyde Park by a taxi ?

F S Jackson


Once had to retrieve a six hit off his own bowling from a bowl of coleslaw and proceeded to complain to the Yorkshire committee that their decision to shorten the straight boundary to accommodate another sponsor’s tent was the reason why the batsman wasn’t caught at long on ?

Ray Illingworth


Was player manager of the 1990 rebel tour to South Africa, rather upstaged by the release in February of Nelson Mandela and later Durham’s first captain when they were given first class status in 1991?

David Graveney


Was the first England Chair of Selectors in 1899, responsibility for selection until then resting with the county committee where the match was to be played, and said in 1925 “Pray God no professional shall ever captain England.” ?

Lord Hawke

Round 1. Skippers (Declaration Game score: 5/10)


Was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame alongside Billy Bremner ?

Mike Denness


Was described by Phil Parkes as “too short and fat to make the grade as a goalkeeper at QPR” ?

Mike Gatting


Put a helmet at midwicket in a county match to try to persuade a batsman to play across the line to score penalty runs ?

Mike Brearley


Chose a Ku Klux Klan outfit for his fancy dress on England’s tour in 1986-7 and went on two rebel tours of South Africa?

John Emburey


Sent a telegram to Philip Mead while he was batting for Hampshire saying “Too slow. Get out at once”

Lionel Tennyson


After being struck full on in the chest by Michael Holding replied to county colleague Viv Richards’ concern for his health with a loud “Fuck off” ?

Brian Close


Chose a ukulele as the one object to take to the Desert Island in 1979 ?

Rachel Heyhoe-Flint


Currently holds the record for the most Tests as captain (9) without taking a catch ?

Tony Lewis


Was given his nickname by Ray East because his winklepickers had begun to curl up at the toes due to wear ?

Keith Fletcher


Took more Test wickets while skipper (77) than any other England Test captain ?

Bob Willis


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