Advent calendar: 7th December

Advent calendar 7

The answer to yesterday’s question “how many runs have been scored in the entire history of Test cricket” was…


In case you were wondering, they were made over 140 years, 2,286 Tests, 4,747,135 balls, at a run rate of 2.86 per over, at a batting average of 32.20.

Only 4 entries! Sad face. Points earners are Lostmertonian (5 – 2,250,001), Matthew Barrett (4 – 2,100,000), Alex Crompton (3 – 4,015,236), Ajay Sugavanam (2 – 450,000).

Leaderboard as follows…

22 Lostmertonian

10 Alex Crompton, Matthew Barrett

Ajay Sugavanam

7 Mick

5 John Hawinkels

4 Jonny Gould

3 Tom Cotterell

2 Elliott Charles

1 Vishakh Chandrasekhar, Liam Kelly

Today’s question asks you to put yourself in the shoes, coat and silly hat of an umpire…

7th December


The ball is hit to a long boundary on the off side, pulling up just short of the rope. The batsmen manage to run four. But when the fielder does throw it back to the wicketkeeper, it hits the keeper’s helmet lying on the grass. Furthermore, it rebounds over the boundary near the sight screen behind the keeper.

How many runs have been scored?


‘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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