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WESTON CREEK CRICKET CLUB Magazine

England's remarkable win at Headingley after following-on sent most cricket historiansand statisticans scurrying for their Wisdens to research similaroccurences.The only other instance of this type of victory in Test cricket was the firstTest between Australia and England, at Sydney in 1894/95.After winning the toss Australia batted first and were soon in trouble at 3/21(Have things changed much in 90 years?). A fourth wicket stand of 171 between allrounderGiffin (161) and debutant Iredale(81) swung the game around before SydGregory plundered the tiring England attack to score 201 (only the second doublecenture in test cricket).Gregory received support from the latter order batsmen, especially captain andwicket-keeper Blackham. Their ninth. wicket partnership of 154 is still an Australianrecord. The final Australian score was 586.England went into bat and compiled a normally respectable 325 but was forced tofollow-on, 261 runs in arrears. Batting a second time all the English batsmen gotreasonable starts and a final score of 437 was attained, a lead of 176.By stumps on the second last day Australia had cruised to 2/113, only 64 runsaway from a seemingly certain victory. Overnight heavy summer rain fell turning thewicket into a "sticky". On arrival at the ground the next morning, England's bowlers,who had apparently tried to drown their sorrows the previous night, suddenlythought that they were in with a chance of snatching an unexpected win. With thewicket almost unplayable Briggs and Peel ran through the last eight Australians for53 runs giving England victory by 10 runs.As with the 1981 Leeds Test the 1894 Test produced a remarkable all-rounder'sperformance. That time it was the South Australian George Giffin who made 161 and41 and took 4 for 75 (43 overs) and 4 for 164 (75 overs).Later in the 1894/95 series the Australian selectors performrd one of their mostamazing feats of selection, or non-selection. The great Charlie T.B.(Terror) Turnerwas dropped, never to play for Australia again, after taking 3 for 18 and 4 for 34in helping to bundle England out for 65 and 72 in the fourth Test. At this stageTurner's Test career figures were 101 wickets at 16.53. Imagine the hue and cry ifthis happened todayfor instance the dropping of Dennis Lillee).The comeback which makes all others pale into insignificance occured at Birminghamin June 1922, during the County Championship match between Warwickshire andHampshire.Warwickshire was sent into bat on a slightly soft wicket. Besides Sartall 84 andcaptain Freddie Gough-Calthorpe (Imagine Norman Hay trying to come to grips withthis "handle") who compiled 70, the other batsmen failed and Warwickshire could onlymuster 223 runs.

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