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An 'interesting' link to Gilbert Jessop the bloke that still holds the record for England's fastest hundred. Back in the days when Oval boundaries were half a mile long and you had to hit it out of the ground to make a 6. Wasn't it seen as ungentlemanly to even hit the ball on the leg side in those days or have I just made that up?
 

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An 'interesting' link to Gilbert Jessop the bloke that still holds the record for England's fastest hundred. Back in the days when Oval boundaries were half a mile long and you had to hit it out of the ground to make a 6. Wasn't it seen as ungentlemanly to even hit the ball on the leg side in those days or have I just made that up?
I was hit for five sixes in an over at the Oval... By a young Surrey second XI player.

The wicket was on the very edge of the square but three of the five sixes didn't need the short boundary. Ouch.

We (Capital Radio) were a motley bunch : David Frost kept wicket, Michael Parkinson at first slip. Andrew Parkinson was our best player. David Jensen, David Briggs, Chris Tarrant did their bit!
 

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I was at days 3, 4 and 5 - what a weekend away!
Sadly one of our party had to leave at lunchtime yesterday and missed all the fireworks.

I saw Graeme Smith's 150-odd to turn and win a test in one session, for South Africa at Edgbaston in 2008 (read about it here if you like) and that was certainly the best test innings I'd ever seen live, very strong competition yesterday though.

One of my other favourite test innings was watched on TV, Flintoff getting 167 against the West Indies in 2004 (seem to remember @Edmundo was at that game?) with a string of sixes, my first summer of properly following the England team. Hopefully yesterday will have inspired a few other new fans to tune in more often (though obviously it's on sky so that's hard to take for granted etc etc).

Day 4 the ground was chilly and a quarter full. Brilliant gesture to let everyone in for free yesterday and ensured a packed ground in largely glorious sunshine.
 

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New Zealand all Rounder Michael Bracewell has tested positive for COVID-19 after the Second Test.
 

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Are they going to be giving Crawley the whole series? He has one half decent score in 4 innings this test series so far and has failed to get a score on this pitch which is a good pitch for batting. Surely there is someone better out there
Bairstow opening is the only other option I can think of? Then having Brook in at 5, Jonny hasn't opened in Test or CC before but he has in T20. I think Crawley is out of the option for the moment for openers, get Compton in
 

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An 'interesting' link to Gilbert Jessop the bloke that still holds the record for England's fastest hundred. Back in the days when Oval boundaries were half a mile long and you had to hit it out of the ground to make a 6. Wasn't it seen as ungentlemanly to even hit the ball on the leg side in those days or have I just made that up?
Read something yesterday that said it's likely this stat isn't accurate as 100 years ago you wouldn't have scorers recording balls faced. Said that when he made the hundred it was likely a journalist was asked to give a rough guess of how many balls he'd faced and it's likely that figure went into the history books.

Poor Jonny!
 

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Bairstow opening is the only other option I can think of? Then having Brook in at 5, Jonny hasn't opened in Test or CC before but he has in T20. I think Crawley is out of the option for the moment for openers, get Compton in
I don’t think they won’t change the team whilst we are winning. They are building trust and the way to do that is give players a run under the new coach.
 

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England are best when the spinner can also bat well at seven (Ali) or eight (Swann).

We currently have three number 10s and , at best, Potts is (at this stage of his career) a number 9. If and when Woakes or Sam Curran return it will give us a bit more batting depth too.

My fear is our captain won't be able to bowl for a while. He looked in great discomfort.

But a great victory : cricket lovely cricket!!!!
 

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Agree, they will stick with this team for the last test and then reassess.

Leach and Crawley will be under pressure.
I personally wouldn’t be surprised if they rested possibly Anderson or Broad for the final test especially with the one off India test coming up a few days later.
 

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I personally wouldn’t be surprised if they rested possibly Anderson or Broad for the final test especially with the one off India test coming up a few days later.

Not with this new regime, Stokes will want them out there unless they have any niggles.
 

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What an unusual wicket!! It’ll do though……

Can’t be many wickets lost that way?
 

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BBC description:

"A wicket in the over for tea and in what dramatic fashion! Stay tuned for the video of this one.

I'll try and describe what happened as best I can. Henry Nicholls drills the ball firmly, it looks to be heading to the long-on boundary, but instead it ricochets off Daryl Mitchell's bat at the non-striker's end - who was trying to move out of the way - and straight into the hands of Alex Lees at mid-off!"

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Never in my born days have I seen that happen.
 

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Almost deflected off the umpire, would that have been signalled dead ball?
 

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If non striker had dropped his bat a split second before impact, would the decision still have been Out?
 

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Reminded me of a game I played in years ago.
I was bowling and the batter hit the ball back to me for what would have been a straightforward caught and bowled. But the non-striker knocked the ball to the ground before I could catch it!! He claimed "self-defence", but I was furious!! :banghead:
To make it worse, the batsman went on to get a century!! :ROFLMAO:
I did appeal to the umpire for “obstructing the field”................but he was one of their team, and agreed with the non-striker that it was a reflex action and he was just defending himself!!
b***ocks!! 🤬
 

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Reminded me of a game I played in years ago.
I was bowling and the batter hit the ball back to me for what would have been a straightforward caught and bowled. But the non-striker knocked the ball to the ground before I could catch it!! He claimed "self-defence", but I was furious!! :banghead:
To make it worse, the batsman went on to get a century!! :ROFLMAO:
I did appeal to the umpire for “obstructing the field”................but he was one of their team, and agreed with the non-striker that it was a reflex action and he was just defending himself!!
b***ocks!! 🤬
In that situation the non-striker should have been given out.

I had a situation a few years back where there was a mix up between the batsmen and it presented with an easy run out opportunity. Instead of trying to make his ground the batsman turned around and knocked away my throw with his bat. He was rightly given out for obstructing the field the cheating wotsit!
 

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I remember a match I played in at Buckhurst Hill CC where a mates uncle umpired and turned out he’d never played cricket and he didn’t apply law 36 (LBW) correctly. Instead he thought if the ball hits a batters legs he is automatically out. After he gave 4 such dismissals it was agreed he should be removed as umpire and the 4 LBW victims have another bat. He was quite apologetic poor old boy.

Not sure if this has ever happened at test match level, maybe in India before Sachin agreed to DRS in about 2019 @Indian Bee ?
 
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