Team all out for 0; Bapchild Cricket Club equal 103-year-old record
It is not often that a team is bowled out for 0, even if it was just in an ECB county six-a-side indoor championships match. But that is exactly what happened to Bapchild Cricket Club, where all out for 0 off just 20 balls against Christ Church University in Canterbury, Kent, UK.
It was not even as though the pitch was especially difficult to bat. After all, Christ Church, who batted first scored 120 but unfortunately, none of the Bapchild batsmen could get off the mark and the club equalled an unwanted record.
The bowlers did the damage early in the piece as Fraser Mcwhinnie took a hat-trick and finished with figures of 2-2-0-3 and Philip Semmens, who also finished with three wickets but in just eight balls.
The record for the lowest score was set by Somerset club Langport, who were dismissed for zero in 1913.
Speaking to the Crawley Observer, Christ Church player Mike Rose said: “We couldn't believe it, all they needed to do was hit a wall to get one run.”
Just when they thought they had hit the wall and got the run that would have saved them from this ignominious record, the umpires did not allow the leg bye as they deemed that no shot was offered, even though the ball hit the wall off the batsman’s pads.
Christ Church University went on to win the tournament and were crowned the Pharon League champions.
Spinner Rose admitted he couldn't get to grips with what happened. He said: “We all couldn’t really believe it to be honest, bowling a team out for 0, especially indoors as all they needed to do was hit a wall to get one run.
“I think I was the only fielder to touch the ball off the bat!”
He also went on to add that he has never been involved in anything like this before and admitted “I think it's the first time it's happened in the history of Kent league and maybe even indoor cricket.”
Two years ago, Wirral CC were bowled out for 3 in a Cheshire League Division Three fixture. However, in first-class cricket, 6 is the lowest team score, recorded by "The B's” against England at the old Lord's ground in 1810. In Tests, New Zealand's 26 against England in 1955 is the lowest total.