There was a time when cricket was not limited to only a few teams. It had a world-wide acceptance But, they are now part of history books. There were cricketers who achieved a lot during their career when cricket was pure and a favourite pastime for many people across the globe. During this Victoria age of the game many cricketers achieved some great feats but over the time their deeds were forgotten. These cricket legends were not from so-called cricket playing nations they are form lands where modern day cricket has been struggling to find a place. Here are five great bowling spells from forgotten cricketing lands.
John M. Laing (Canada) 7 for 21 against the United States of America, 1844
In 1844, Canada played their first international cricket match after nation’s first prime minister John A. McDonald announced cricket as the national sport. At New York’s ST. George’s Club ground a famous cricket match was played between two North American sides. In that match, 6 feet 5-inch bowler, a barrister by profession, rattled the hosts the USA. During his 15 overs of an amazing spell, Laing picked up seven wickets for mere 21 runs, including a hat-trick. In front of Laing, the USA were bundled out for paltry 65 in 29 overs. The USA lost the match by 140 runs. Laing finished the match with 10 wickets.
Bart Kings (USA) 8 for 17 against Canada, 1906
At the beginning of the 20th-century cricket was the most popular sports in the USA and its fame was destroyed with the rise of baseball. Bart Kings, the King of Swing, was a ferocious fast bowler of his time. He was an integral part of USA side when they used to share a fierce rivalry with Canada. King bowled 11 overs to take 8 wickets conceding just 17 runs. After Canada was bundled out the gentlemen from the USA scored heavily to beat their arch-rivals. Meanwhile, King is the owner of a record which is still untouched in the game of cricket. King took all 11 wickets, bowling out 10 batsmen.
Scott Huey (Ireland) 8 for 48 against M.C.C, 1954
Cricket in Ireland was introduced in the 18th century. In 1954, Ireland played a first-class match against Marylebone Cricket Club (M.C.C). Huey was a left-arm spinner. He threw an intimidating challenge to the reputed M.C.C side. In the first innings, Huey took 8 wickets for 48 runs and in the match. He took 14 wickets for 97 runs. In front of Huey M.C.C were found demanding.
Clement Gibson (Argentina)- 6 for 64 England XI vs Australia, 1921
Cricket in Argentina didn’t have a rich history, but Gibson was fortunate enough to play cricket. During the 1921 Ashes, Gibson was in England as a cricketer. During his career at Eaton as a captain, he took 122 wickets at an average of 10.50. During the tour match against Australia Gibson took 6 wickets for 64 runs in 22.4 overs to bundled out the visitors. It was not a good beginning for Australia. Meanwhile, in the history of Argentina cricket, Gibson was the only cricketer who was adjudged prestigious ‘Wisden Cricketer of the year’ for his achievements.
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