One for the record books

Mar 29th, 2008 | By | Category: Cross Channel

India’s Rahul Dravid today became only the sixth cricketer in history to score 10,000 Test runs. The highest scorer in history is West Indies’ Brian Lara on 11,953.

Such records are there to be broken. The cricket team from the little town of Langport in my home area in Somerset achieved a record that might have been equalled, but can never be broken.

Gerald Gosling and Frank Huddy’s 1993 book Somerton, Ilchester and Langport has the scorecard of a match between Langport and Glastonbury on Whit Monday 1913.

It is evident from the scorecard that Glastonbury batted first, but that their strong opening batsman didn’t receive much support.


C A H Baily b Cozens 34
A Lisk c Knight b Lang 6
G J Ingram run out 1
B Giblett hit wkt b Cozens 8
H S Baily not out 9
H Baily b Cozens 0
W Davis b Lang 10
A Lukins run out 10
G Edwards lbw b Cozens 0
J Pompey run out 4
T Wickham b Cozens 1
Extras 3
Total 86

A five wicket haul for Langport bowler Cozens suggests he was handy enough. Perhaps tea was taken between the innings; no-one would have anticipated a world record equalling performance when Langport came into bat.


C J Manley lbw b Lisk 0
F J Pittard b Lisk 0
J Lane b Lisk 0
A Knight c Lukins b Lisk 0
W E Brister b Baily 0
H E Cozens b Lisk 0
H G Stigings lbw b Lisk 0
H B Hamm b Baily 0
L Parker b Baily 0
H Weaver not out 0
F Barningham b Lisk 0
Total 0

All out for nothing, not even an extra. But there are two good things from such a scorecard: firstly, it was a bank holiday Monday and there would have been more time to sit and talk over the ale afterwards, and, secondly, decades later the match is still remembered.

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  1. I’m the secretary of the club detailed above and have press cuttings of the said match believed to have been played on Whit Monday in 1913 (long before my time), should this feat of being bowled out for “0”, which does not seem possible or feasible be recorded in the guiness book of records or Wisden!

  2. I think it should be in both! You could put ‘world record holders’ on the website. 😉

    I was reading a piece on the BBC website a couple of weeks ago about Brian Langford’s Sunday League bowling record – 8-0-0-0

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