Advent Calendar: 12th December

Advent calendar 12

No time for idle chit chat today as we have three answers to explain..

9th December

The ‘Chinaman’ delivery

Edgar Ellis ‘Puss’ Achong was the first cricketer of Chinese descent to play Test cricket. His stock ball was left-arm orthodox spin (left-arm finger spin), but one of his variations was unorthodox left-arm spin. After bowling this variation to have Walter Robins stumped at Old Trafford in 1933, it is reputed that Robins said to the umpire Joe Hardstaff Sr, “fancy being done by a bloody Chinaman”. Learie Constantine is said to have replied: “Do you mean the bowler or the ball?” An unorthodox left-arm spin delivery (spinning from the off side to the leg side for a right-handed batsman) is known as a “chinaman” as a result.

10th December

South Africa…

…have the best win-loss ODI ratio, by a whisker from Australia. Which makes the fact that they haven’t won anything even stranger / funnier.

The reason I said “Test-playing nation”, as you will see from the link, is that the Asia XI are actually top of this table. The side played 7 matches in the mid-noughties, winning four, losing two, with one no result.

11th December

Geoff Hurst

Hurst played one first-class cricket match for Essex,against Lancashire at Aigburth in 1962, although it was not a successful outing: he made 0 not out in the first innings, and was bowled by Colin Hilton, again for 0, in the second. However, he appeared 23 times in the Essex Second XI between 1962 and 1964, usually as a wicketkeeper, before concentrating entirely on football.

Points: Lostmertonian 15 (STOP IT PAUL), 5 each for Ajay, Mick and Stephen


44 Lostmertonian

13 Matthew Barrett, John Hawinkels, Ajay Sugavanam, Mick

11 Alex Crompton,

9 Jonny Gould

7 Liam Kelly

Tom Cotterell, stephenfh

2 Elliott Charles

1 Vishakh Chandrasekhar

Might have to make the Christmas Eve question worth 100 points. Deep breath.

12th December


Mark Butcher and Ian Harvey were fantastic international cricketers, but if they sat down for a pint together why would they not have as much to talk about as you might expect? (As you should have learned by now, the more detail the better…)



‘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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