Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cape Cobras go through next stage

Cape Cobras skipper Andrew Puttick made a superb 104* off just 62 balls to take them to a mammoth 192 against New Zealand's Otago Volts.Puttick smashed 3 sixes and 12 fours en route his century.Justin Ontong smashed 39* off just 14 balls with 4 sixes to provide the acceleration in end of the innings.Mascarenhas was the only impressive bowler with 2 for 20 in his 4 overs.Ian Butler was very expensive,giving away 48 in his spell.In the second innings,many batsmen got starts but no one converted them.The McCullum brothers were top scorers with Nathan Scoring 38 off just 21 balls,and Brendon making 21.In the end,they fell short by 54 runs.The win secured a berth for Cape Cobras in the next round,while the winner between RCB and Otago Volts will decide the other qualifying team.


  1. Test records
    Bradman still holds the following significant records for Test match cricket:

    Highest career batting average (minimum 20 innings): 99.94[209]
    Highest series batting average (5 Test series): 201.50 (1931–32)[210]
    Highest ratio of centuries per innings played: 36.25% (29 centuries from 80 innings)[211]
    Highest 5th wicket partnership: 405 (with Sid Barnes, 1946–47)[212]
    Highest 6th wicket partnership: 346 (with Jack Fingleton, 1936–37)[213]
    Highest score by a number 5 batsman: 304 (1934)[214]
    Highest score by a number 7 batsman: 270 (1936–37)[214]
    Most runs against one opponent: 5,028 (v England)[215]
    Most runs in one series: 974 (1930)[216]
    Most centuries scored in a single session of play: 6 (1 pre lunch, 2 lunch-tea, 3 tea-stumps)[217]
    Most runs in one day's play: 309 (1930)[218]
    Most double centuries: 12[219]
    Most double centuries in a series: 3 (1930)[220]
    Most triple centuries: 2 (equal with Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag)[221]
    Most consecutive matches in which he made a century: 6 (the last three Tests in 1936–37, and the first three Tests in 1938)[222]
    Bradman has averaged over 100 in seven different calendar years (*qualification 400 runs). No other player has achieved this in more than two calendar years.

  2. Bradman's early development was shaped by the high bounce of the ball on matting-over-concrete pitches. He favoured "horizontal-bat" shots (such as the hook, pull and cut) to deal with the bounce and devised a unique grip on the bat handle that would accommodate these strokes without compromising his ability to defend. Employing a side-on stance at the wicket, Bradman kept perfectly still as the bowler ran in.[189] His backswing had a "crooked" look that troubled his early critics, but he resisted entreaties to change.[190] His backswing kept his hands in close to the body, leaving him perfectly balanced and able to change his stroke mid-swing, if need be.[191] Another telling factor was the decisiveness of Bradman's footwork. He "used the crease" by either coming metres down the wicket to drive, or playing so far back that his feet ended up level with the stumps when playing the cut, hook or pull.[192]

    Bradman's game evolved with experience. He temporarily adapted his technique during the Bodyline series, deliberately moving around the crease in an attempt to score from the short-pitched deliveries.[193] At his peak, in the mid-1930s, he had the ability to switch between a defensive and attacking approach as the occasion demanded. After the Second World War, he adjusted to bat within the limitations set by his age, becoming a steady "accumulator" of runs.[194] However, Bradman never truly mastered batting on sticky wickets. Wisden commented, "[i]f there really is a blemish on his amazing record it is ... the absence of a significant innings on one of those 'sticky dogs' of old".[1]


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