The first ever test match was held between England and Australia, at Melbourne, from the 15th to the 19th of March, 1877. Australia won by 45 runs.
Exactly 100 years later (15th-19th March, 1977) a match between England and Australia was held at Melbourne to commemorate the 100 years of test cricket. Remarkably Australia won by 45 runs!!!
There are 10 ways in which a batsman can get out in cricket:
3. Leg Before Wicket
4. Run Out
6. Handling the ball
7. Obstructing the field
8. Hit the ball twice
9. Hit Wicket
10. Timed out
The first cricketer to be knighted was Sir Pelham Warner of England. Sir Neville Cardus was the first cricket writer to be knighted.
In 1957 a hedgehog stopped Test play and had to be carried off by the wicket keeper.
Appleby Eden have signed Australian Luke Wimbridge. Looking to the future Appleby have signed Luke mainly as a coach to bring on the younger players which will benefit the Club in future seasons. Luke has a high reputation as a coach both in his homeland, and in the U.K.
BAE(Barrow) S.C. have signed Deon Carolus a 27 year old South African who plays for Eastern Province. He is a medium fast right hand bowler who has played 5 first class matches taking 18 wickets. In 12 limited over games he has taken a further 18 wickets.
Carlisle are not signing a pro for 2005
Carnforth have signed Iqbal Shaikh from Karachi who has played 17 first class games scoring 763 runs at an average of 27 and taking 17 wickets costing 35 each. In 20 limited overs games he has scored 364 runs averaging 24 and taken 7 wickets at 54 each. Carnforth’s 2004 pro Atiq uz Zaman, now married and living locally will play as an amateur for Carnforth.
Cleator have signed Richard Kelly a 21 year old from Trinidad. In 10 first class matches he has averaged just over 20 with the bat, and has taken 33 wickets. In one day competitions in 7 games he has averaged 35 with the bat, and taken 6 wickets.
Cockermouth have retained the services of Pakistani Rafatullah who has played so well for them in recent seasons, especially with the bat. He was the only player to exceed 1,000 runs in 2004, and the rate he gets his runs is a big asset. He is also a very capable bowler. Now aged 29 Rafat has made 2637 runs averaging 27 with 3 centuries in first class cricket and 1653 runs in limited over games averaging 34 with 2 centuries.
Dalton, newly promoted to the Premier division, have signed 21 year old Kenroy Williams from Barbados. In 8 first class matches he has taken 13 wickets and averages 16 with the bat.
If former pro. Justin Quint is regularly available, Dalton could have a good season.
Duddon S.C. have also signed a West Indian, Lendl Simmons from Trinidad. A right hand bat, and right arm fast medium bowler, Lendl, in 26 first class matches, has scored 1140 runs at an average of 29 and has taken 6 wickets at 16 runs each. In 13 limited overs game he has scored 231 runs at an average of 23.
Egremont are not signing a pro.
Furness not surprisingly have again signed Willem Du Toit, the S.African pro., whose fast bowling virtually won the Premier Division title in 2004. His S.African first class figures show he has taken 46 wickets in 18 matches and in 14 limited overs games he has taken 12 wickets.
Haverigg have signed Steve Tikolo, the former Kenyan captain as pro for 2005. He has played in 65 one day internationals, scoring 1710 runs at an average of 28, and also took 41 wickets. In 29 first class games Steve has scored 2020 runs averaging 46, and has taken 33 first class wickets. In limited overs competitions Steve scored 3558 runs in 114 innings and took 85 wickets. In the I.C.C. Trophy games, in 19 innings he made 719 runs averaging 48.
Still only 34 years old, his right hand batting and right arm medium bowling could make Haverigg a championship prospect for 2005.
Keswick have signed Pakistani Test player Ata-ur-Rehman. A right hand bat and right arm fast medium bowler. The 30 year old Rehman played in 13 Tests and took 31 wickets. In 30 one day Internationals he took 27 wickets.
In his first class career to date, in 107 games he has taken 303 wickets, and in limited over games he has a further 108 wickets. Keswick needed to improve their bowling attack and Rehman could be a very good signing.
Kirkby are hoping to sign a pro. but were affected by the new work permit rules.
However they are still optimistic about the chances of having their first ever professional.
Lindal Moor have signed West Indies “B” player, Shawn Findlay who has played in 7 first class matches. I have no statistics to date.
Millom have signed Australian Mark Higgs the former New South Wales player and now with South Australia. Left Hand bat, and left arm spin bowler Mark has scored 1915 first class runs, averaging 32 with 3 centuries, and has collected 31 first class wickets. In limited over games he has made 1318 runs, averaging 25, and has taken 32 wickets.
Penrith have Sri Lankan Upul Fernando as their 2005 pro. He has scored 4527 first class runs averaging 30 and 473 runs in limited overs games averaging 20.
Ulverston will not be signing a pro.
Vickerstown have retained the services of Kenroy Peters who despite his Club being relegated in 2004, headed the Premier Division bowling averages. Back home in the West Indies, Kenroy has played 21 first class matches taking 48 wickets and made 230 runs. In 15 limited overs games he has a further 20 wickets and has a batting average of 44.
Whitehaven have signed 24 year old Pakistani Jannisar Khan a right hand bat and right arm medium fast bowler. In 35 first class matches he has made 1140 runs averaging 25 and has taken 53 wickets at 32 each. In 27 limited overs games he has scored 393 runs averaging 23,
and has 32 wicketsat 30 runs each.
Wigton have retained Geoffrey Toyanna, the South African who scored 812 League runs and took 37 wickets in 2004. Back home in S.Africa, Geoffrey, in 52 first class games, has made 1818 runs averaging 23, and in limited overs games in 39 innings he has made 539 runs averaging 19.
Workington are to sign a pro. but were affected by the new visa rules and had to look for another player.