Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Cricket History on April Fool's Day


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Here is the list of matches, both Tests and ODIs, top batting innings, bowling innings, birthdays and facts.

Test Matches began on APRIL 1
1.1899, April 1,3,4 (3 day match) 
England vs South Africa, Capetown 
England won by 210 runs

2.1971, April 1,2,3,4,6 
India vs West Indies, Kensington Oval 
Match Drawn

3.1977, April 1,2,3,5,6 
Pakistan vs West Indies, Port of Spain 
Pakistan won by 266 runs

4. 2004, April 1,2,3 
West Indies vs England, Kensington Oval
England won by 8 wickets 
Man of the Match - Graham Thorpe (Eng)

Test Matches ended on APRIL 1

1. 1948 March 27,29,30,31, April 1 
West Indies vs England, Kingston 
West Indies won by 10 wickets

2. 1965 March 26,27,29,30,31, April 1 (6 Day match) 
West Indies vs Australia, Port of Spain 
Match Drawn

3. 1981 March 27,28,29,31, April 1 
West Indies vs England, St.John's 
Match Drawn 
Man of the Match - Peter Willey (Eng)

4. 2004 March 28,29,30,31, April 1 
India vs Pakistan, Multan 
India won by an innings and 52 runs 
Man of the Match - Virender Sehwag (Ind)

ODI Matches played on APRIL 1
1. 1984, April 1 (45 over match) 
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, Colombo 
New Zealand won by 86 runs 
Man of the match - Lance Cairns (NZ)

2. 1988, April 1 
India vs New Zealand, Sharjah (Sharjah Cup-Final) 
India won by 52 runs 
Man of the Match - Ravi Shastri (Ind)

3. 1995, April 1 
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Auckland 
Sri Lanka won by 51 runs 
Man of the Match - Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

4. 1996, April 1 
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, The Pedang (Singapore) 
No Result

5. 1998, April 1 
India vs Australia, Kochi 
India won by 41 runs 
Man of the Match - Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

6. 1999, April 1 
India vs Pakistan, Mohali 
Pakistan won by 7 wickets 
Man of the Match - Izaz Ahmed (Pak)

7. 2000, April 1
West Indies vs Zimbabwe, Kingston 
West Indies won by 87 runs 
Man of the Match - Sherwin Campbell (WI)

8. 2007, April 1 
West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Guyana (Super Eights, ICC WC 2007) 
Sri Lanka won by 113 runs 
Man of the Match - Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

9. 2009, April 1 
Ireland vs Scotland, Benoni (ICC World Qualifiers) 
Ireland won by 7 wickets

10.2009, April 1 
Netherlands vs Kenya, Potchefstroom (ICC World Qualifiers) 
Netherlands won by 7 wickets 
Man of the Match - Ryan Ten Deschate (Net)

Test Matches involving APRIL 1
1. 1933, March 31, April 1,3 (3 Day Match) 
New Zealand vs England, Auckland 
Match Drawn

2. 1953, March 28,30,31, April 1,2,4 (6 Day Match) 
West Indies vs India, Kingston 
Match Drawn

3. 1954, March 30,31, April 1,2,3 (6 Day Match) 
West Indies vs England, Kingston 
England won by 9 wickets

4. 1968, March 28,29,30, April 1,2,3 (6 Day Match) 
West Indies vs England, Georgetown 
Match Drawn

5. 1978, March 31, April 1,2,4,5
West Indies vs Australia, Georgetown 
Australia won by 3 wickets

6. 1984, March 30,31, April 1,3,4 
West Indies vs Australia, Kensington Oval 
West Indies won by 10 wickets 
Man of the Match - Malcolm Marshall (WI)

7. 1995, March 31, April 1,2 
West Indies vs Australia, Kensington Oval 
Australia won by 10 wickets 
Man of the Match - Glenn McGrath (Aus)

8. 2000, March 31, April 1,2,3 
New Zealand vs Australia, Hamilton 
Australia won by 6 wickets 
Man of the Match - Adam Gilchrist (Aus)

9. 2001, March 29,30,31, April 1,2 
West Indies vs South Africa, Kensington Oval 
Match Drawn 
Man of the Match - Daryll Cullinan (SA)

10.2002, March 30,31, April 1,2,3 
New Zealand vs England, Auckland 
New Zealand won by 78 runs 
Man of the Match - Daryll Tuffey (NZ)

11.2005, March 31, April 1,2,3,4 
West Indies vs South Africa, Georgetown 
Match Drawn 
Man of the Match - Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)

12.2006, March 31, April 1,2,3,4 
South Africa vs Australia, Johannesburg 
Australia won by 2 wickets 
Man of the Match - Brett Lee (Aus)

No T20I played on April 1 so far

Top Scores achieved by Batsmen in Tests on APRIL 1 
(100s)
336*- Wally Hammond, 1933
237 - Frank Worrell, 1953
213 - Wavell Hinds, 2005
205 - Len Hutton, 1954
203*- Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 2005
145 - Desmond Haynes, 1984 
118 - Clyde Walcott, 1953 
116 - Geoff Boycott, 1968
113*- Ridley Jacobs, 2001 
104 - Geoff Boycott, 1981 
107 - Winston Place, 1948

Top Scored achieved by Batsmen in ODIs on APRIL 1 
(100s)
121*- Neil McCallum, 2009 
115 - Sanath Jayasuriya, 2007
108 - Asanka Gurusinha, 1999
105 - Ajay Jadeja, 1998 
106 - Ryan Ten Doeschate, 2009
103 - Shervin Campbell, 2000
101 - William Potterfield, 2009

Top Bowling figures achieved by Bowlers in TESTS on APRIL 1 
(5 or more wickets)
6/26 - Jimmy Sinclair, 1899
6/34 - Bill Bowes, 1933 
6/67 - Jacques Kallis, 2001 
6/100- Makhaya Ntini, 2006
5/51 - Shayne O'Connor, 2000
5/55 - Hines Johnson, 1948
5/58 - Andrew Flintoff, 2004
5/180- Subhash Gupte, 1953
5/228- Vinoo Mankad, 1953

Top Bowling Innings achieved by Bowlers in ODIs on APRIL 1 
(4 or more wickets)
5/32 - Sachin Tendulkar, 1998
4/46 - Narendra Hirwani, 1988

International Cricketers born on APRIL 1
1861 Teddy Wynyard (Eng)
1868 Walter Mead (Eng)
1902 Laxmidas Jai (Ind)
1935 John Murray (Eng)
1941 Ajit Wadekar (Ind)
1953 Aftab Baloch (Pak)
1954 Arnie Sidebottom (Eng)
1957 David Gower (Eng)
1964 John Morris (Eng)
1965 Bhupinder Singh Sr (Ind)
1973 Stephen Fleming (NZ)
1975 Aminul Islam Jr (Ban)
1976 Vikram Solanki (Eng)
1981 Mluleki Nkala (Zim)
1984 Heino Kuhn (SA)
1984 Murali Vijay (Ind)

The instances when two players born on April 1 played together in a match

* David Gower and Arnie Sidebottom played 1 Test match together, both born on April 1

* David Gower and John Morris played 3 Test matches together, both born on April 1

* David Gower and John Morris played 2 ODI matches together, both born on April 1

SOME FACTS:

* There have been 20 Test matches related to April 1, 14 of them are played by West Indies in 
West Indies.

* England has played in 9 Test matches related to April 1.

* Australia has played in 6 Test matches related to April 1.

* West Indies and England have faced each other in 5 Test Matches related to April 1.

* West Indies and Australia have faced each other in 4 Test Matches related to April 1

* Jimmy Sinclair grabbed his only 5 wicket haul in Test matches on April 1, 1899 and also scored a century in the match. Thus becoming the first player to score a century and take a 5 wicket haul in a test match.

* Wally Hammond scored his career best score of 336* on April 1, 1933.

* Winston Place scored his only Test century on April 1, 1948.

* Geoff Boycott scored 2 test centuries on April 1 (1968 and 1981)

* Shayne O'Connor took his only 5 wicket haul in Test career on April 1, 2000.

* Ridley Jacobs scored his maiden test century on April 1, 2001

* Wavell Hinds scored his career best Test score of 213 on April 1, 2005.

* Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his career best score of 203* on April 1, 2005 and equaled it 
again in 2012 (not on April 1).

* Wavell Hinds and Shivnarine Chanderpaul completed their maiden double centuries on April 1, 2005

* Bill Bowes took his maiden 5 wicket haul in Tests on April 1, 1933.

* Hines Johnson completed his only 10 wicket haul in Test Career on April 1, 1948.

* Vinoo Mankad's figures of 5/228 were the 3rd instance of a bowler giving away 200 or more runs in a 5 wicket haul, on April 1, 1953. (Now there have been 8 such instances)

* Subhash Gupte conceeded 180 runs for his 5 wickets, most by him in his career, April 1, 1953

* Andrew Flintoff achieved his career best bowling figures in an innings on April 1, 2004

* Sachin Tendulkar grabbed his maiden 5 wicket haul in ODIs on April 1, 1998

* Sanath Jayasuriya received 2 Man of the Match Awards in ODIs on April 1 (1995 and 2007)