The latest article about losing wickets after being 100+ for 0 has prompted a bit of interest and banter. Tim McConnell, (Stoker from 2001 to 2003 who says he will try and get a game in for us next time he is in the UK – http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/player_stats_widget/batting_stats/808642?rule_type_id=179), contacted us from his native New Zealand and spotted himself on the Century Partnerships board with Andrew Hall who also joined the conversation. Will Thomson also dialled in from the Far East, and one or two more local to Stoke have already read and shared it.
So we have taken things a bit further and contacted Steven Lynch at CricInfo to see if there have been any epic collapses in ODIs. One of the team, Aslam Siddiqui, replied:
With a qualification of at least 100 runs on board before the fall of the first wicket, in ODIs the ‘best’ I could find was 47 runs.
England 129 for 0 to 176 all out on the 25th October 2011 in Calcutta
Scorecard : http://m.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2011/engine/current/match/521222.html
Taking out opening stands of 100 or better, the fewest number of runs scored between the fall of the first and tenth wickets is 25; Afghanistan reached 38 for 0 but were 63 all out against Scotland, (Roddy and Duncan take note!), in Abu Dhabi on the 14th January 2015
Scorecard : http://m.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/812645.html
I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that England holds the unwanted ‘record’ above. Note Stoke haven’t ever managed a worse collapse!
Looking back at the Stoke list, where the innings ended, (regardless of wickets falling), 47 runs or fewer later, there are three games where we lost seven or more wickets before the innings closed:
126 for 0 to 170 for 8 dec
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/226108
142 for 0 to 188 for 7 dec
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/226612
139 for 0 to 167 for 7
Scorcard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/230670 – Good job we only had to chase 160-odd in the last one!
As always, if anyone has any stories from these games, please e-mail email@example.com.
Thanks to Aslam at CricInfo. We promised to give the weekly ‘Ask Steven’ column a plug in return so here you go!