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In 2002, Parthiv Patel at 17 years 185 days became the youngest wicket-keeper ever to make his Test debut

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Born on this day were: Jack Ryder (1889-1977), Australian all-rounder and captain who was the first batsman to score six consecutive Test fifties; William 'Bill' Voce (1909-84), England's left-arm 'Bodyline' bowler who was Harold Larwood's bowling partner; Dilip Sardesai (1940-2007), right-handed Indian batsman who played a major role in India's series win in West Indies in 1971 and who has scored two double hundreds in Test cricket (He is the father of Rajdeep, the journalist and TV personality, who was himself an Oxford blue); Angus Fraser (1965-), English seam bowler who took 177 Test wickets in his career; Abey Kuruvilla (1968-), Indian pace bowler; and Shane Lee (1973-), Australian fast bowler who is the brother of Brett.

In 1850 Eleven gentlemen of Godalming and Distric played against Twelve Caesars at Broadwater Park, Godalming. The Caesars consisted of three brothers and their nine sons and included the Surrey player Julius Caesar (it was his real name and not an assumed one). It was a two-day match, which Eleven Gentleman won by 16 runs.

In 1956 T.W. Graveney made 200 for Gloucestershire against Glamorgan at Newport out of a total of 298. This is the lowest total to include a double hundred. Graveney also made more than 50 per cent of the total in each innings while playing for Gloucestershire against Essex at Romford in the same year (100 out of 153 and 67 out of 107).

In 1966 off-spinner Lance Gibbs took 6 for 39 at Headingley. England's innings defeat gave West Indies a winning 3-0 lead in the series.

In 2001 (Francis) George Mann, England captain (1948-49) died, aged 83. A forceful batsman he was an inspirational captain whose career was cut short by business commitments. He followed in his father's footsteps to lead first his country (Middlesex) and then his country. His brother J.P. Mann also played for Middlesex.

In 2002 Parthiv Patel at 17 years 185 days became the youngest wicket-keeper ever to make his Test debut, when he played in the second Test against England at Nottingham. He became the third Indian after Budhi Kunderan (1960) and Vivek Razdan (1989) to make his Test debut without playing in a single Ranji Trophy match. 


Born on this day were: Khurshed Meherhomji (1911-82), Indian wicket-keeper who played in only one Test in 1936 but played for many years for the Parsees in the Bombay Quadrangular and Pentangular tournaments; Denis Atkinson (1926-2001), West Indian all-rounder who is best remembered for his only Test Hundred against Australia when he put on 347 for the seventh wicket with Clairmonte Depezia – a record in first-class cricket (Atkinson scored 219, then took 5 for 65 to become the first to do that double in Tests); Terry Jenner (1944-), Australian leg-spinner (1971-75) who recognized and nurtured the talent of Shane Warne; and Hamilton Masakadza (1983-), Zimbabwe batsman who scored a century on Test debut for Zimbabwe aged only 17.

In 1946 Ernie Volger, one of the quartets of South African googly bowlers who toured England in 1907 died, aged 69. The first South African bowler to take all ten wickets in an innings in a first-class match (for Eastern province against Griqualand West at Johannesburg in 1906-07), his 36 wickets helped win the 1909-10 series against England. He was also the first batsman to be dismissed for a 'king pair' in Test Cricket, at Sydney in 1910-11.

In 1965 fast bowler Peter Pollock completed his second five-wicket haul of the match to bowl South Africa to a 94-run victory over England in the Trent Bridge Test. He took 5 for 34 in the second innings to add to his 5 for 53 in the first. It was South Africa's last Test victory in England until 1994.

In 1976 West Indies captain Clive Lloyd scored an unbeaten 201 against Glamorgan at Swansea in only 120 minutes. It equaled Gilbert Jessop's record set in 1903. In the next match of the tour, Lloyd's side completed a 3-0 series win over England.

In 1977 Chris Old hammered a century in only 37 minutes for Yorkshire against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. He hit six sixes and 13 fours and scored his second fifty in only nine minutes.

In 1992, David Gower in his last day of Test cricket, was bowled for one by Waqar Younis in the second innings. Pakistan won this Test at The Oval by ten wickets to take the series 2-1. 


Born on this day were: Alan ward (1947-), English fast bowler who played in five Tests; Jack Richards (1958-), English wicket-keeper in eight Tests (1986-88); Brendon Julian (1970-),