A modern classic
The end of a momentous Lord's Test. England looked set to go 0-2 down to West Indies when they were 160 for 8, chasing 188. But Dominic Cork, who had already taken match figures of 7 for 52 on his return, had other ideas: he smacked Franklyn Rose for six, and after some unbearable tension as England limped towards their target, cut the winning four. It was the purest catharsis.
Tich Freeman is the only man to take 300 wickets in a season and between 1928 and 1935 he took 2090 first-class wickets. On this day in Folkestone he took 8 for 31 and 9 for 61 as Kent beat Warwickshire by 74 runs.
When England threw in the kids. At Trent Bridge, 2-0 down to Australia, and having lost seven Tests in a row, the selectors decided to bring in Mark Lathwell (age 21), Graham Thorpe (23), Mark Ilott (22) and Martin McCague (24) for their debuts, as well as Nasser Hussain (25) after a three-year absence. And Andy Caddick and Peter Such were playing only their third Tests. Thorpe became the first English debutant for 20 years to make a hundred. The match was drawn.
A journeyman's day in the sun. In a tour match against India in Southampton, Hampshire's Kevan James took four wickets in four balls - and then scored a century. He is still the only man to do so in a first-class match.
The day Darren Gough bustled into Test cricket. He'd been a spectator on the first day of the third Test against New Zealand at Old Trafford, but on the second Gough puffed out his chest and immediately had a huge impact. At first it was with the bat. Coming to the crease after England had crawled to 235 for 7, he cracked ten fours in a quickfire 65 and injected some life in the match in the process. Wisden Cricket Monthly said that "Gough carried on as if he played in these matches every Saturday afternoon." Then came his day job. Mark Greatbatch was bounced out fifth ball and, soon after, Stephen Fleming was caught behind. Gough ended with first-innings figures of 4 for 47, and a star was born.
2022> Australia's spinners tore through Sri Lanka twice in the first Test in Galle, skittling them out for 212 and 113. Nathan Lyon, returning to the scene of his debut 11 years before, picked up his 20th five-for in the first innings, and Niroshan Dickwella's spirited fifty proved not enough as Australia piled on 321 on a rain-truncated second day. In the second innings, Lyon picked up 4 for 31 and Travis Head 4 for 10 to scupper the hosts in under 23 overs.
Aged just 16 years 352 days, Khalid Hasan made his Test debut for Pakistan against England at Trent Bridge. At the time Hasan was the youngest Test cricketer, but he has since been left behind by a series of younger men. Hasan does have one (unwanted) record: as a one-cap wonder, his last day of Test cricket came at the tender age of 16 years 356 days.