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THE nephew of former Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer, Armaan Jaffer, 13, has broken the record for the highest individual Cricket score made in India.

Whilst playing for Rizvi Springfield School against IES Raja Shivaji Vidyalaya in an under-14 Giles Shield match in Mumbai, Jaffer smashed a behemothic 498 runs of just 490 balls in an innings which lasted two days. He hit 77 fours and played in a free-flowing manner. After his innings was over he said: “I had decided not to play any aerial shots. I knew as long as I occupy the crease, the runs will keep flowing.

Jaffer added: “It would have been better if I had got 500, but there is no grudge.

A very pleased Jaffer next to his score.

The previous record was 461 and was held by Ali Zorain Khan of Nagpur.

Now if I’m not mistaken young Jaffer’s 498 is the eighth highest individual score that I have ever come across. The only other scores higher than this that I can find are these listed below.

  • 499 – Hanif Mohammad for Karachi against Bahawalpur in 1958/59.
  • 501* – Brian Lara for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994.
  • 502* – Malhotra Chamanlal for Mehandra Coll, Patiala against Government Coll, Rupar in 1956/57.
  • 506* – JC Sharp for Melbourne Grammar School against Geelong Collage in 1914/15.
  • 515 – Dadabhoy Havewala for B.B & C.I Railways against St Xavier’s in 1933/34.
  • 566 – CJ Eady for Break-o’-Day against Wellington in 1901/02.

And finally the highest score ever recorded in the history of Cricket:

  • 628* – AEJ Collins for Clark’s House against North Town in 1899.

Remarkably, both Collins and Jaffer have made their possibly career defining totals at the age of just 13. Coincidently I also made my highest ever score when I was around Collins and Jaffer’s age, but 120 fades away into nothingness when you start talking about scores like the above.

I was in a real purple patch in the spring/summer of 2007 wasn’t I?

TODAY (14 December 2010) marks the 50th anniversary of the first ever Tied Test match. Australia and the touring West Indies had both fought hard to win the first Test at The Gabba in Brisbane, and with just one more eight ball over remaining it was all still to play for.

Australia needed 6 runs to win; the West Indies needed 3 wickets. True nail-biting stuff eh?

Wes Hall was to bowl the final over of the match and wicketkeeper Wally Grout was on strike. The following is a ball-by-ball review of the final, fateful over.

  1. Grout is hit on the thigh and Captain Richey Benaud calls a single. The leg-bye is taken and Australia need 5 runs to win.
  2. Benaud attempts a hook shot but is caught behind by wicketkeeper Gerry Alexander for 52. 5 runs or 2 wickets to win in just 6 balls.
  3. New man in, Ian Meckiff, cuts the ball to mid-off but no run is scored. 5 runs or 2 wickets to win off of 5 balls.
  4. Hall sends the ball down the leg-side and everybody misses it. Grout calls for Meckiff to run the bye and they do. Alexander attempts to run Meckiff out but misses the stumps. 4 runs or 2 wickets needed off of 4 balls. Australia are now a boundary away from winning.
  5. Grout fends a bouncer away to square leg, and Rohan Kanhai goes for the catch. But Hall also attempts to take the catch in his follow-through, and in the resulting mix-up (with no catch taken) Grout and Meckiff take the single. 3 runs or 2 wickets from 3 balls needed.
  6. Meckiff sends the ball to the mid-wicket boundary. He and Grout run 2 but Conrad Hunte just prevents the boundary, and his return throw is so good that it lands straight into Alexander’s gloves and he runs out fellow wicketkeeper Grout for just 2. The scores are now level; 1 run or 1 wicket from 2 balls needed for victory.
  7. No. 11, Lindsay Kline, pushes the ball to square leg and he and Meckiff set off on what they hoped would be the winning run. But Joe Solomon scooped the ball up and with one stump to aim at, hit it directly from almost 40ft away and runs Meckiff out for 2 by a matter of inches. With the scores at 737 runs each and no more fourth innings wickets left to fall, the 84 year wait for the first tied Test was at an end.

There has only ever been one other tied Test in the history of Cricket. It was the first Test of the 1986/87 Australia tour of India. This means that only two out of the 1,983 Test matches that have ever been played have ended in a tie. Don’t you think we are due for another one soon?

West Indies in Australia 1960/61 1st Test – The Gabba, Brisbane

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat

West Indies

vs.

Australia

453 (100.6 overs @ 4.49 rpo)

1st Innings

505 (130.3 overs @ 3.87 rpo)

G.st A. Sobers 132

N.C. O’Neill 181

A.K. Davidson 5-135

W.W. Hall 4-140

284 (92.6 overs @ 3.05 rpo)

2nd Innings

232 (68.7 overs @ 3.35 rpo)

F.M.M. Worrell 65

A.K. Davidson 80

A.K. Davidson 6-87

W.W. Hall 5-63

Note: This was back when Australia had 8 ball overs in their home Tests

Match Tied – Series level at 0-0 with four matches left. Australia won the series 2-1.

SACHIN Tendulkar became the first player in history yesterday to score 200 runs in an O.D.I match playing against South Africa in Gwalior.

The Indian legend reached the promised land in just 147 balls, hitting 25 4s and three 6s. India scored a massive 401-3 of their 50 overs, and beat South Africa by 153 runs.

The previous record was 194 not out, held by Charles Coventry of Zimbabwe.

This was one of the last remaining milestones in international cricket. The only ones left now that I can think of are a team scoring 450 in an O.D.I and a team scoring 1,000 runs in an innings.

No school or college today because of the ongoing snow affecting the entire country. Parts of England were only a few degrees warmer than Antarctica last night, and the forecast is for lows of around -20C (-4F) tonight in some areas. 

My Dad and I had to go and get some shopping earlier today, and decided to drop into the ghost town that was my Mum’s work. As we left, she and two of her work mates were watching us leave from behind a window, and watched me slide ‘gracefully’ over on to my backside. I haven’t seen my Dad laugh like he did in ages, and my ‘audience’ thought it was extremely funny as well. If only somebody was filming then I could send it to Matthew Hall (Harry Hill) and get £250. 

Back at home, I watched England hold out for a draw yet again with just one wicket left against South Africa. That is three times we have pulled off escapes like that since the start of the Ashes last summer. I’m warning you now; England’s luck won’t last forever. 

Lewis Hamilton turns 25 today, so from me, ‘Happy Birthday Lewis’. 🙂 

On this day 400 years ago, Galileo Galilei discovered Jupiter’s four largest Moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Europa & Io. They are some of the largest Moons in the Solar System, with each of them larger than all the Dwarf Planets. In fact Ganymede is the largest moon in the Solar System with a diameter of 5,278 Km (3,280 miles) making it even larger than the planet Mercury!

In sadder news today, it was announced that on the 4th of January, Tsutomu Yamaguchi died of stomach cancer at the age of 93. You may never have heard of him, but he is the only person to have been officially recognised by the Japanese government as having survived the atomic bombings of both  Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in which over 220,000 people were killed. He was on a business trip to Hiroshima on the 6th of August 1945 and was injured by the bomb, went home to Nagasaki and despite his wounds, returned to work on the 9th of August, the day the city was destroyed.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Birthday boy - Hamilton, 25

From top to bottom: Io, Europa, Ganymede & Callisto. Juipter