When was the last time any of us sat through an entire cricket match and didn’t feel the urge to check the scorecard once in a while to keep ourselves engaged with the proceedings? Because that’s where lies the significance of a scorecard. Keeping the ‘what’ and ‘when’ and who of a game, sort of like a ticking watchman. Here we are about to discuss Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards.
Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards: The Exclusive List
Interestingly enough, some scorecard can obliterate the literal routine of merely keeping a score. In those scenarios the simple intrigue the scorecard emanates, or shows such an unusual figure, that we cannot help wondering whether our vision is impaired and double check. Examples are not scarce as well. Here are some of the most unusual scorecards of all time.
10. Mpumalanga Under-19s Women Vs Easters under- 19s
At number 10 in this list of Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards, we have Mpumalanga Under-19s Women Vs Easters under- 19s. The first one to make the list is undoubtedly one of the most incredible results to be produced from a match. In the Mpumalanga Under-19s Women Vs Easters Under- 19s match the score was something never seen in a cricket match. The entire squad of Mpumalanga had notched up a total of 169 in twenty overs. What was jaw dropping was the fact that apart from the hugely talented cricketer S Swart, rest of her teammates, each of them in fact, scored zero. Swart pulled off a cracking ton with 18 boundaries and 12 sixes and contributed solid 160 to redeem her team. Stunning indeed!
9. Bermuda Women Innings against South Africa women team 2008
At number 9 in this list of Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards, we have Bermuda Women Innings against South Africa women team 2008. The Second one in the list will ironically make the chart because of the sheer fact that it barely shows any run scored by the Bermuda Women squad as the entire team crumpled under a trivial total of 13. Adding to the misery of the team, 10 of those 13 runs came from extras. The scorecard somewhat looks like a binary form of message, with a bunch of 1 and 0 scored by the players. Not a spectacular sight, to be honest.
8. Australia against England 2nd innings
At number 8 in this list of Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards, we have England against Australia 2nd innings. This addition to the list is a bit ridiculous looking, in all honesty. A team scores 32 runs, loses 7 wickets in the process, and then declares the innings after mere 13.5 overs of play. What is rather sore to the eyes is the fact that no matter what strategy or tactics you demonstrate to justify such a pointless example of an innings, it still doesn’t change the fact that this was indeed not a great advertisement for the mainstream cricket.
7. Worcestershire against Glamorgan 1st innings 1977
At number 7 in this list of Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards, we have Glamorgan against Worcestershire 1st innings 1977. For our next entry in this list, let’s take a look at the county world. This one is quite similar to the very first scorecard to the first candidate of our list. It follows the same pattern of a particular batsman scoring a handsome knock and the rest of the team collapsing with minimal run on the board. Out of a total 169 runs scored by Worcestershire team, their celebrated opener GM Turner played a brilliant knock by scoring 141 on his own. Quite a feat of work!
6. Dera Ismail Khan against Pakistan Railways 1st innings 1954
At number 6 in this list of Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards, we have Pakistan Railways against Dera Ismail Khan 1st innings 1954. And we have yet again found a similar candidate to one as recorded in our list, attesting to the fact that sometimes history does repeat itself. The entire herd of Dera Ismail Khan crumpled under a mere total of 32, with no batsman showing even tiny bit of a resistance, thus displaying a rather ugly performance noted on the scorecard.
5. Dera Ismail Khan against Pakistan Railways 2nd innings 1954
At number 5 in this list of Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards, we have Pakistan Railways against Dera Ismail Khan 1st innings 1954. If not things were already humiliating for the Dera Ismail Khan team, they ended up putting an even worse display of performance in the second innings of the very match. The whole team couldn’t even reach the trivial 32 scraped in the first innings. They got out with an embarrassing total of 27, chiefly due to an unbelievable 9-wicket haul by the spectacular Ahad Khan. Kudos to the young man.
4. Leeward Islands against Windward Islands 1st innings
At number 4 in this list of Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards, we have Windward Islands Leeward Islands 1st innings. Another scorecard with an all-time low scoring total that only keeps proving the vulnerabilities of the victim team and their tendency of collapsing under pressure. Leeward Islands were only able to scrape off a minimal number of runs in their first innings. By the end of 18.3 overs they lost 7 wickets, scored 24 runs and then declared the innings. How’s that for a shocking scorecard?
3. Rajshahi Division against Chittagong Division Cricket team 1st innings 2014
At number 3 in this list of Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards, we have Chittagong Division Cricket team against Rajshahi Division 1st innings 2014. The next candidate in our has a little overwhelming side about it. While the Rajshahi Division had put a stunning 675 as a total in their board, the credit was not due to their top order batsmen. Three of their tale Enders, Farhad Reza, Sunzamul Islam and Muktar Ali had scored 259, 172 and 168 to give the scorecard such a glamorous look. Evidently, never before such an example could be given where the top order could barely perform and not one, but multiple tale order batsmen stole the limelight.
2. England against Australia 1st innings 1950
At number 2 in this list of Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards, we have Australia against England 1st innings 1950. Here is another example of an innings building up to a score just enough to save them the embarrassment of minimal effort, and then declaring the innings. Although, reportedly there was a storm during the match that quite influenced the match as England scored 68 runs with a total run rate of 2.31 per over by losing 7 wickets after the end of 22 overs.
1. England against The Bs 2nd innings 1810
At number 1 in this list of Top 10 Amazing Cricket Scorecards, we have England against The Bs 2nd innings 1810. The last one in the list is a real interesting one. Played way back in 1810, in a match where a team called Bs played. The name of the team had an interesting background. They were called Bs because of the amazing fact that all the players of the main team had their surnames starting with the letter B. Although, due to the absence of two cricketers, some others were enlisted as substitution. Nevertheless, it was an unusual looking scorecard to say the least.
While cricket is indeed a game of glorious uncertainty, some matches show that the scorecard can indeed make your mind numb. Maybe it’s the Singular feat of a batsman, or the failure of an entire squad, or the spectacular achievements of the tale Enders, scorecards can really offer some delightfully unusual sight, and the list above merely attested to that.