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Most Wickets With Consecutive BallsThere are two recorded instances of a bowler taking nine wickets with consecutive balls. Both came in school games: Paul Hugo, for Smithfield School v Aliwal North at Smithfield, South Africa, in 1930-31, and Stephen Fleming (not the future Test captain), for Marlborough College A v Bohally School at Blenheim, New Zealand, in 1967-68. There are five further verified instances of eight wickets in eight balls, the most recent by Mike Walters for the Royal Army Educational Corps v Joint Air Transport Establishment at Beaconsfield in 1979.
Nought All OutIn minor matches, this is more common than might be imagined. The historian Peter Wynne- Thomas says the first recorded example was in Norfolk, where an Eleven of Fakenham, Walsingham and Hempton were dismissed for nought by an Eleven of Licham, Dunham and Brisley in July 1815.
Most Dismissals In An InningsThe only recorded instance of a wicketkeeper being involved in all ten dismissals in an innings was by Welihinda Badalge Bennett, for Mahinda College against Richmond College in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1952-53. His feat comprised six catches and four stumpings. There are three other known instances of nine dismissals in the same innings, one of which - by H. W. P. Middleton for Priory v Mitre in a Repton School house match in 1930 - included eight stumpings. Young Rangers' innings against Bohran Gymkhana in Karachi in 1969-70 included nine run-outs. The widespread nature - and differing levels of supervision - of minor cricket matches mean that record claims have to be treated with caution. Additions and corrections to the above records for minor cricket will only be considered for inclusion in Wisden if they are corroborated by independent evidence of the achievement.
Record HitThe Rev. W. Fellows, while at practice on the Christ Church ground at Oxford in 1856, drove a ball bowled by Charles Rogers 175 yards from hit to pitch.
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There has been only one instance of two hundreds being hit by batsmen batting at No. 8 or lower, in the same innings in Tests. This happened in an Ashes-Test, in 1903, when Roger Hartigan, Australia's No. 8, and Clem Hill, the No. 9 batsman, both hit centuries in Australia's second innings. Their 243-partneship in this innings is the sixth-highest partnership in Tests for the eighth wicket.
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