On the first day, why not.
On January 1st 1944 Charles Davis was born. A Trinidadian who appeared 15 times for the West Indies in test matches, at a fair to middling average of 54.2, he made 4 test centuries. Unlike his fellow Trinidadian he is on the Lord’s Honours Board having made 103 at the “Home of Cricket” in 1969. He made a duck in the second. This was the last test match played BD. Before Dmitri was born.
Another 1st January cricketer, born 118 years ago in Alesund, Norway of all places was Eiulf Peter Nupen, known as Buster, who played 17 tests for South Africa. In his description on Cricinfo it says Buster was one of the best bowlers on a mat in the country, but hopeless bowling on grass. His test career straddled the transformation from matting to grass, so he had timing! But he did get to captain his country on one occasion, so there is that! Highest score of 69, 50 test wickets at nearly 37, over 15 years shows not much of a test career, but he was a demon in Currie Cup competition. Most notable, his name was Eiulf.
100 years ago today New South Wales lost to Victoria in a timeless Sheffield Shield match that started on Boxing Day. http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1910S/1919-20/AUS_LOCAL/SS/VIC_NSW_SS_26DEC1919-01JAN1920.html . Those were the days.
50 years ago today, and showing the contempt Australia had for their near neighbours, while their national team had just completed a test victory in Chennai, New Zealand played in a domestic 40 over knockout competition in Oz. The Final was played on 1 January, and New Zealand won what looked like a dreadful final against Victoria:
25 years ago, and England were in Australia, starting the 3rd Test of that year’s Ashes. Going into the match 2-0 down, England batted first and got off to a terrible start. Gooch (1), Hick (2) and Thorpe (10) fell early and England were 20 for 3. Lancashire duo Atherton and Crawley rebuilt the innings superbly, putting on 174 before Atherton fell for 88 off the bowling of Craig McDermott. 194 for 3 it may have been, but middle order collapses were us in those days too, and England finished the day at 198 for 7 as Gatting, Crawley and Steve Rhosed perished before the close. The last wicket memorably (for me) was illuminated by Bob Willis’s commentary; “it’s Fred Karno’s circus out there”.
Hopefully back with the 2nd January tomorrow!