Archive | November 2013

Turl CC ‘up all night’ cricket quiz

quizTurl CC quiz master, Dave Barclay, returns to Declaration Game with the ‘up all night’ quiz. Like its predecessor, the Great After Dinner Quiz, the ‘up all night’ deals with English Test cricket.

There are eleven rounds; round 1 has a single answer, round 2 has two answers.. up to round 11 which seeks eleven answers.

All eleven rounds will be covered during the five first four days of the 1st Ashes Test at Brisbane, giving you all night to come up with the answers which will be published the following day on the ‘up all night’ answers post.

Brisbane Test Day 1 – night of 20 November

Round 1

Who is the only England Test batsman to average more than 100 in more than one Test series?

Round 2

Which two England Test players have had the initials K.P.?

Round 3

Which three Test captains of England touring teams at one time occupied a seat in the House of Lords?

Round 4

Name the four England post-war Test bowlers (qualification: 50 wickets) whose strike rates would round (to the nearest integer) to 50 or less?

Brisbane Test Day 2 – night of 21 November

Round 5

Name the five Englishmen who have scored a Test 300.

Round 6

Name six England players, whose careers are complete (i.e. not Graeme Swann) who have scored 1,000+ runs but never scored a Test 100.

Brisbane Test Day 3 – night of 22 November

Round 7

In which seven English cities has Test cricket been played?

Round 8

Ian Botham took five wickets on Test debut (1977). Eight bowlers have done so since – who are they?

Round 9

Name Devon Malcolm’s nine South African victims in the 2nd innings at the Oval in 1994

Brisbane Test Day 4 – night of 23 November

Round 10

Since Basil D’Oliveira’s debut for England, ten South African born cricketers have played for England – name them.

Round 11

Between Chris Old’s debut and Chris Tremlett’s appearance at Brisbane (his final Test?), eleven Christophers have played for England. Who were they?

Answers to the Turl CC ‘up all night’ quiz

1-11For five days, starting with the second day of the Brisbane Ashes Test, answers to the Turl CC ‘up all night’ cricket quiz will be posted here. Please leave you comments, claims, cavils and challenges in the usual way.

Brisbane Test Day 3 – night of 22 November

Round 7

In which seven English cities has Test cricket been played?

London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton

Round 8

Ian Botham took five wickets on debut (1977). Name the eight England bowlers to have done so since.

Nick Cook, Neil Mallender, Peter Such, Dominic Cork, Jimmy Anderson, Richard Johnson, Richard Kirtley, Graham Onions

Round 9

Name Devon Malcolm’s nine SA victims in the 2nd innings at the Oval in 1994

Peter Kirsten, Gary Kirsten, Hansie Cronje, Kepler Wessels, Jonty Rhodes, Brian Macmillan, Dave Richardson, Craig Matthews, Allan Donald

Brisbane Test Day 1 – night of 20 November

Round 1

Who is the only England Test batsman to average more than 100 in more than one Test series?

Tom Graveney (v WI 1957, v Pak in 1962)

Round 2

Which two England Test players have had the initials K.P.?

Kevin Pietersen, Ken Palmer

Round 3

Which three Test captains of England touring teams at one time occupied a seat in the House of Lords?

Lord Harris, Lord Hawke, Lord Cowdrey

Round 4

Name the four England post-war Test bowlers (qualification: 50 wickets) whose strike rates would round (to the nearest integer) to 50 or less?

Frank Tyson 45.4 balls/wicket, Simon Jones 47.8, Fred Trueman 49.4, Dean Headley 50.4

Brisbane Test Day 2 – night of 21 November

Round 5

Name five Englishmen who have scored a Test 300

Andrew Sandham (who features in this story), Wally Hammond, Len Hutton, John Edrich, Graham Gooch

Round 6

Which six England players who have completed their careers scored 1,000+ runs, without a Test century?

John Emburey 1713 (HS 75), Fred Titmus 1449 (HS 84*), Mike Brearley 1442 (HS 91), Ashley Giles 1421 (HS 59), Geoff Miller 1213 (HS 98*), Bob Taylor 1156 (HS 97)

Brisbane Test Day 3 – night of 22 November

Round 7

In which seven English cities has Test cricket been played?

London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton

Round 8

Ian Botham took five wickets on debut (1977). Name the eight England bowlers to have done so since.

Nick Cook, Neil Mallender, Peter Such, Dominic Cork, Jimmy Anderson, Richard Johnson, Richard Kirtley, Graham Onions

Round 9

Name Devon Malcolm’s nine SA victims in the 2nd innings at the Oval in 1994

Peter Kirsten, Gary Kirsten, Hansie Cronje, Kepler Wessels, Jonty Rhodes, Brian Macmillan, Dave Richardson, Craig Matthews, Allan Donald

Round 10

Since Basil D’Oliveira’s debut, ten cricketers born in South Africa have played Test cricket for England. Who are they?

Tony Greig, Ian Greig, Allan Lamb, Chris Smith, Robin Smith, Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior, Nick Compton

Round 11

In between Chris Old’s debut and Chris Tremlett’s appearance in the 1st Ashes Test at Brisbane, eleven Christophers have played Test cricket for England. Name them.

Chris Balderstone, Chris Tavere, Chris Smith, Chris Broad, Chris Cowdrey, Chris Lewis, Chris Silverwood, Chris Read, Chris Adams, Chris Schofield, Chris Woakes

County nets

indoor nets14 May 1981 was a big night in English sport. Tottenham Hotspur played and defeated Manchester City in the FA Cup Final replay. Ricky Villa scored twice, his winner that celebrated mazy, slow-motion dribble into the penalty area and shot past Joe Corrigan.

I wasn’t at Wembley that night, but another notable English sporting venue: Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. I was taking part in Buckinghamshire schools under 13 cricket trials.

I related the story of that evening to no.1 son on our way to his first session of county advanced nets this week. It’s not much of a story as so little of it has stuck with me.

We netted indoors in one corner of a sports hall able to accommodate a full size football pitch or several tennis courts. I was asked to pad up early. I was bowled first ball (just as I had been at District trials the previous summer), but must have middled a few as at the end of the evening when the team  for the first match of the season was read out and my schoolmate Dave apologised that he couldn’t play, I was drafted in as his replacement. That match, against Northants, was the scene of the missing socks incident and cause of many cold sweats since. The other memory of that night that has, oddly, remained live is of the master reading out the fixture list, which included the adventurously sounding, ‘Stowe Away’.

My son is also taking part in some form of trial, but an extended one – eight weeks – and the onus is on coaching and improvement. He was very nervous beforehand but emerged from the hall, of which I had only been able to glimpse snippets of activity, and declared the evening “good fun”.

I told my Dad about no.1 son’s pending involvement in the county nets on a visit last month. The next day, driving into Oxford, he said that he had lain awake in bed piecing together his own schoolboy experience of county nets. “You know the story, don’t you?” is the familiar formula for getting permission to roll out a family anecdote. I did know it, but inspired by his grandson’s progress the story was much richer in detail than the versions I had heard before.

surrey centenaryMy Dad’s story, he now recalled, began with a man who lived in the same block of flats in Stockwell, South London. This man was a steward at the Oval and asked my Dad if he would like to help sell centenary brochures at a Surrey match. This places the story in 1946 and my Dad 15 years old. He turned up at the Oval, completed his assignment and by way of thanks was asked if he would like to come along to a net session one morning.

So Dad returned to the Oval the following week on a non-match day, carrying his cricket gear. He made his way to the nets at the Vauxhall End, where he was spotted by the Surrey Coach, Andy Sandham, and told to get himself a ball and get bowling. In the nets were Laurie Fishlock, Alf Gover, the Bedser twins and the rest of the county squad. Dad bowled – quite well, he thought, without really troubling the batsmen – until Sandham told him to get padded up. He took strike against the Bedsers, both of whom were decent enough to keep the ball pitched up.

Dad was the only schoolboy there until, with the practice in full swing, another youngster arrived. Coach Sandham gave the lad a voluble telling off for being late, in full view of the players, then ordered him to get booted up and bowl. Dad remembers being beaten time and again by the flight and turn of this left-arm spinner. It was Tony Lock, who made his first-class debut aged 17 that summer.

Dad went back the following week and perhaps, he thinks, one more after that before this schoolboy dream-come-true ended.

There may be a greater narrative to these three stories of the increasing professionalisation of talent spotting and junior development in English county cricket. My son, one of over 100 boys having eight weeks of coaching before a much reduced playing squad is selected; me, recommended by school for a trial net alongside a couple of dozen other boys; my Dad, given the nod for a try out by a neighbour who was a ground steward.

But, on the other hand, as I said to my Dad the other day,

“Are you sure you weren’t invited just to watch the nets?”

“No, I’m not sure,” he conceded. But my word, didn’t he do the right thing, taking his kit with him and doing just as Mr Sandham told him to.