Advent calendar: 5th December

Advent calendar 5

Given yesterday’s question, I was all prepped to write an intro about England batsmen getting dismissed. But it’s a funny old game isn’t it? Straya still ahead in my book though.

To recap, we wanted to know how many methods of on-field dismissal there are. Drumroll, please…


Bowled, caught, lbw, run out, stumped, hit the ball twice, hit wicket, obstructing the field, timed out.

“Timed out?! That’s not on the field” you moan.

The player isn’t. But the umpire is. That’s an on-field dismissal.

“But what about retired out?” I hear you cry.

In cricket, a batsman retires out if he retires without the umpire’s permission, and does not have the permission of the opposing captain to resume his innings. Although it is not considered to be a dismissal in the context of a cricket match, it is considered a dismissal for the purposes of calculating a batting average.

“And what about handled the ball…?” you plaintively mew.

Before the amendments of the Laws in 2017, there was a separate dismissal type of Handled the ball which is now covered by Obstructing the field

So there you have it. I threw a few bonus points around for good effort and a possibly misleading question. Leaderboard as follows:

15 Lostmertonian

5 Ajay Sugavanam, Matthew Barrett, Mick (g’day!)

2 Elliott Charles

1 Tom Cotterell, Alex Crompton, Jonny Gould

As for today’s gem of knowledge…

5th December

Afghan flag

Which player had the nickname ‘Afghanistan’?


‘How to play’ recap

Every day there will be a quiz question. Could be anything – picture, trivia, the CPS announcement of the Stokes charging verdict. Anything.

Reply using the form below the question each day. In general, the first five people to answer correctly get 5,4,3,2,1 points, although this may change on any given day if the question doesn’t lend itself to this format. Bonus points may also make an appearance!

At the end of the 24 days, the winner based on cumulative score will be announced. Updates along the way of course. I’m sure we can rustle up a prize too…



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