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Busy Day

It's apparently the busiest ever day in international cricket, with 5 full ODI & Test matches being played:
Sri Lanka v South Africa: 2nd Test
Zimbabwe v Bangladesh: 5th ODI
England v Pakistan: 3rd Test
Scotland v Netherlands: World Cricket League ODI
Canada v Kenya: 2nd ODI

Good luck to you if your side's in action...

Lowest Ever Cricketing Score?

Here's something I can wave at the next person to complain about Zimbabwe's performances. Spare a thought for Goldsborough Seconds, who play in Yorkshire's Nidderdale Amateur League, and who had the misfortune of scoring 5 all out in their match against Dishforth this week - and those 5 runs were all extras. That's right - 10 ducks, and a 0 not-out for the Goldsborough batsmen. Club chairman Henry Webster was philosophical about the defeat - not that he had much choice:

"This team were 210-2 a few weeks ago. They can bat. One of the players hit 109 not out. They really are not that bad. It's not something we're proud of but we have to look on the funny side of it."

Suddenly, Zimbabwe's all-time low of 34 (3rd ODI against Sri Lanka in 2004) doesn't seem so bad...
BBC News - Row of ducks bowl cricketers over

Zim Player Rankings Check

Just for curiosity, here are the positions of Zimbabwe's entries in the ICC LG Top 100 rankings for ODI batting and bowling - mainly as it'll be interesting to compare with where things stand at the end of the Bangladesh series. Some of the players listed no longer play international cricket, so their standings will obviously drop, but the current players listed should all be hoping to improve their standings.

LG ICC ODI Batting
46 Brendan Taylor (543 - personal best)
77 Elton Chigumbura (436)
=86 Barney Rogers (401)
=86 Chamu Chibhabha (401)
95 Andy Blignaut (369)
97 Dion Ebrahim (359)
(the top-ranked Bangladeshi batsman is Habibul Bashar at 65th, but they have more players in the top 100 than Zimbabwe at present)

LG ICC ODI Bowling
28 Prosper Utseya (574 - personal best)
68 Tawanda Mupariwa (437 - personal best)
69 Douglas Hondo (434)
86 Andy Blignaut (387)
87 Tinashe Panyangara (384)
(Bangladesh's top-ranked bowler is Mohammed Rafiq at 25th, one of 7 Bangladeshi players in the top 100)

The LG ICC rankings don't seem to be taken too seriously by most international players, but they do provide a handy benchmark for checking which players may have improved over the course of a series. We'll see how things stand in two weeks' time...
LG ICC Player Rankings

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