The inaugural Gillette Cup final was also the first major one-day final to be played at Lord’s. Sussex captain Ted Dexter took to the new form of the game like a bee to honey: the Wisden Almanack referred to his “superior tactics” in the final. A soft pitch restricted Sussex to 168 all out, but falling rain hampered Worcestershire even more: all out for 154, they lost by 14 runs. Sussex retained the Cup the following year.
One of the greatest allrounders, George Hirst, was born. Hirst did some yeoman work for England, hitting five fifties and taking five wickets in an innings four times, all against Australia, often away from home. He and his Yorkshire bowling partner Wilfred Rhodes won the 1902 Oval Test with a last-wicket stand of 15, although there may be no truth in the famous old story that they said, “We’ll get ’em in singles.” Hirst is probably better known for his feats at county level, where he and Rhodes helped Yorkshire win the Championship three years in a row. He completed the unique double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets in 1906, when he was also the only player to achieve two hundreds and two five-wicket hauls in the same first-class match.
Birth of the debonair batsman Vic Richardson, whose Ronald Colman moustache was as conspicuous as his batting and fielding. Although he scored only one century and averaged just 23.53 in Test cricket, he played several valuable innings and was as brave as anyone against England’s Bodyline bowling in 1932-33. He captained Australia to victory in the 1935-36 series in South Africa. At Kingsmead, Durban, in his final Test, he held five catches in an innings, a world record that has been equalled but never broken. His six catches in the match was another Test best until one of his grandsons, Greg Chappell, bettered it, taking seven against England in Perth in 1974-75.
Birth of a West Indian opener. The world sat up and took notice when Wavell Hinds made 165 and 52 in only his fourth Test, against a Pakistan bowling line-up reading: Wasim, Waqar, Mushtaq, Saqlain and Razzaq. However, a problem with his front-foot technique soon became apparent, and Hinds rarely strung together a run of big scores. He played a key role in West Indies’ 2004 Champions Trophy win with his part-time medium-pace bowling. After struggling to nail down a place in the West Indies side, he joined the ICL and also played county cricket for Derbyshire as a Kolpak.
Birth of Australia batsman George Bailey, who was called up to the one-day squad in 2010 but had to wait nearly two years for his international debut. His leadership with Tasmania impressed the selectors enough to hand him the Australia T20 captaincy, and in the process he became the first player since Dave Gregory, in the first Test match in 1877, to be named captain in his first match for Australia in any format. He had stood in as captain of the ODI side as well, in Michael Clarke’s absence. He made his Test debut in the 2013-14 Ashes but was dropped following modest returns in five Tests, although he remained an important player in Australia’s limited-overs side till 2016-17.
Birth of Holly Colvin, who at 15 years and 336 days became the youngest person to play a Test for England. The left-arm spinner turned up to help out at nets one day – and was drafted into the England side for the first Ashes Test against Australia at Hove in August 2005. She took three wickets in the drawn game. Colvin played in two Ashes-winning sides plus the victorious World T20 and World Cup campaigns in 2009. She retired from the game in 2015, at the age of 26, to take up an administrative position at the ICC.
A Sri Lankan fast-bowling allrounder is born. Farveez Maharoof forced his way into the national side as a teenager after some impressive performances as Sri Lanka’s Under-19 captain. He was more at home in the limited-overs formats than in Tests; one of the highlights of his career was a 6 for 14 to bulldoze West Indies for 80 in the 2006 Champions Trophy. A series of injuries limited his appearances after a strong showing with the Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural IPL.
The Singer Cup final was a repeat of the World Cup final from a few months before. And Sri Lanka prevailed again in a one-sided game they won by 50 runs. Man of the Series Aravinda de Silva smashed 75 off 64, and Steve Waugh’s run-a-ball 55 – in his 200th one-day international – was not enough, as Upul Chandana bowled him and then cleaned up the tail for one run.
Kevin Curran, a respected allrounder, was born on this day. He was an important player with Gloucestershire and Northants, and although Test cricket passed him by, he was in the Zimbabwe team that played in the 1983 World Cup. In their opening match, their first official ODI, they shocked Australia at Trent Bridge. Curran scored 27 and took the vital wicket of Allan Border as Zimbabwe won by 13 runs. In August 2005, he replaced Phil Simmons as Zimbabwe coach, a position he held till 2007. Curran was coaching the Mashonaland Eagles franchise when he died in 2012 after collapsing while out jogging in Mutare.
Birth of gritty allrounder and lay preacher Vic Pollard. Fiercely opposed to playing cricket on Sundays, he was a determined competitor on any other day. In his 32 Tests for New Zealand he was an important member of a side fighting to establish itself as a force in the game. In his debut series, in England in 1965, he headed the batting averages with 56.20. In his last series, back in England in 1973, he averaged 100.66, scoring 116 at Trent Bridge, when New Zealand were set 479 to win and made a brave 440. An excellent fielder in the covers, he also took 40 Test wickets with his offspin.
Dependable county batsman Steve James was born. Although he had a top score of only 36 in his two Tests for England, both in 1998, he made the highest score for Glamorgan – 309 not out – against Sussex at Colwyn Bay in 2000. He was made county captain in 2001 and after retiring became a cricket journalist.
One man’s meat was no one’s poison. South African wicketkeeper Ernest Austin “Barberton” Halliwell was born. He had an undistinguished Test career (11 dismissals in eight matches) but gave relief to fellow stumpers everywhere by introducing the habit of putting raw steak in his gloves to protect the hands.
1857 John McIlwraith (Australia)
1914 Norman “Mandy” Mitchell-Innes (England)
1955 Azhar Khan (Pakistan)
1961 Mohammad Aslam (UAE)
1964 Nurul Abedin (Bangladesh)
1973 Kathryn Ramel (New Zealand)
1974 Alpesh Vadher (Kenya)
1995 Shivil Kaushik (India)
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