Stats and number work like a magic, but probably nobody heard about the most aggressive decision ever taken in Test cricket.
The decision was taken to win the match. The match has happned at the Mecca of cricket the Lord’s. In the 1980s, English county cricket was the most prestigious and competitive league. For any players from across the world playing at this league was the most respectable job.In English County cricket a team declared their first, innings after playing just 1 ball. In happened in 1977 during a three day Test match at the Lord’s, London between Middlesex and Surrey.
In English County cricket a team declared their first, innings after playing just 1 ball. In happened in 1977 during a three-day Test match at the Lord’s, London between Middlesex and Surrey.
In a Schweppes County Championship match, Surrey were called to bat first by Middlesex. In a rain-marred match, Surrey could only score 8 runs losing just one wicket. They probably don’t expect the next morning’s nightmare. On the third and final day of the game, Surrey were bundled out for 49 in 22.5 overs.
Middlesex came to bat, after playing just one ball they declared their innings without scoring a single run on the board. The was an wise and pragmatic decision according to the situations. Middlesex played to win the match at any cost. They decided to leave their first innings as they sensend Surrey would no be able to post a big total on board or draw the match. For the second time in the match, Surrey were bowled out and this time for 89.
Middlesex got the traget of 139 runs. With two sessions left for the day, Middlesex played a quickfire innings and chased down the total of 139 runs in just 25.1 overs with the loss of 1 wicktes.
County cricket is still a great platform for foreign players to improve the technique in conditions where the ball moves in the air. Legendary cricketers played in this tournamnet often to improve their performnace.