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Born on this day were: George Coulthard (1856-83), Australian Test player and the youngest ever Test umpire (In fact he played in a Test after he was an umpire); Mohammad Nissar (1910-63), pioneer Indian bowler who bowled the first five-wicket haul; Sir Frank Worrel (1924-67), who along with Weekes and Walcott (the 'Three Ws') was considered to be one of the best middle order batsmen in cricket; Trevor Goddard (1931-), South African all-rounder; Yujurvindra Singh (1952-), Indian all-rounder who while playing for India against England at Bangalore in 1976-77; Arun Lal (1955-), Indian opening batsman who is now a popular TV commentator; Graham Thorpe (1969-). English batsman; and Andy Blignaut (1978-), Zimbabwe pace bowler who in February 2004 took his country's first Test hat-trick against Bangladesh at Harare.

In 1949, D.V.P. Wright of Kent took his record seventh first-class hat-trick against Hampshire at Canterbury. 

In 1961 on the last day at Old Trafford, Richie Benaud went round the wicket to bowl a famous spell of 5 for 12 that destroyed England and helped Australia retain the Ashes.

In 1983 at Headingley, Bob Willis took his 300th Test wicket but could not stop New Zealand winning a Test in England for the first time.

In 1993, England defeated New Zealand by 67 runs in the final of the fifth Women's World Cup at Lord's.

In 2005, ICC opened new Head Quarters in Dubai.


Born on this day were: Thomas Alfred 'Tommy' Ward (1887-1936), South African wicket-keeper who was the third victim when Jimmy Matthews achieved the unique feat in Test cricket of taking a hat-trick in each innings in the triangular tournament match against Australia at Old Trafford in 1912; Matthew Henderson (1895-1970), New Zealand left-arm pace bowler who took a wicket with his first ball in New Zealand's inaugural Test against England in 1929-30; Arshad Ayub (1958-), Indian off-spinner who played in 13 Tests (1987-89); Philo Wallace (1970-), West Indian opening batsman and Darren Pattinson, England’s latest Test debutant.

In 1977, in Ian Botham's Test debut and Geoffrey Boycott's com