Major Feats in Minor Cricket

This research project aims to improve our knowledge of particularly memorable performances in lower levels of the game – instances of teams being bowled out for 0, or batsmen sharing a last-wicket partnership of over 200, or a wicket-keeper making seven stumpings in an innings, and so on and so on.

It builds on the research carried out over many years by the late Ernest K Gross, who compiled extensive lists of such feats. The project aims to expand on Gross’s work in two ways:

  • by locating scorecards – in as much detail as can now be traced – of the matches in which the most significant of these feats occurred, and
  • by identifying further similar performances, from anywhere in the world, that either post-date Gross’s researches (he died in 1985), or else which simply passed him by.

Most of the matches concerned are not currently recorded in the database of Cricket Archive. Using local newspapers and other sources, it has already been possible to track down at least some details of many of the matches of interest that are not recorded by Cricket Archive. However, there is still much more that can be done. It is hoped that, by exploring additional sources, we can

  • find better or fuller information on the matches for which we have at least some details, and
  • find further matches in which performances occurred which equal, or even surpass, those recorded by Gross.

The project started as a personal quest, but it is now thrown open to all as one of the ACS’s Collaborative Projects.

Linked from the present page are

  • a more detailed introduction to the project  (please click here)
  • an index of all known matches – whether first-class or ‘minor’ – in which the most significant of the ‘memorable feats’ were recorded  (click here)
  • a set of around 260 scorecards, in various levels of detail or certainty, of minor matches not currently included in Cricket Archive but in which such feats are known, or thought, to have occurred (click here).

All cricket-lovers or historians are invited to take part in this project in any way they can – from letting us know of a single match in which a feat took place that qualifies for appearance in these lists, right up to researching sources that might help to improve our knowledge of several matches in one go. Participants from outside the UK would be particularly welcome to join in this venture – there are some significant gaps in our current knowledge that could, we hope, be filled from sources not currently available in the UK.

Anyone who feels that they might like to share in this project is invited to contact me at k.walmsley135@btinternet.com 

Thank you.

Keith Walmsley  –  May 2020