Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to revisit some iconic moments that shaped the history of cricket on this day, January 30th.
2022: A Women’s Ashes Thriller
After a one-sided men’s Ashes series, the women’s equivalent produced a stone-cold thriller that ended in a draw in Canberra. England made the highest fourth-innings score in women’s Test history, 244, and fell 13 runs short. Australia’s captain, Meg Lanning, made 93 in their first innings, and declared twice in pursuit of a victory they very nearly achieved. Heather Knight was Player of the Match for her epic 168 over more than seven hours in England’s first innings.
1993: Ambrose’s Magnificent Spell
In a winner-takes-all clash between Australia and West Indies, Curtly Ambrose’s extraordinary spell of seven wickets for one run in 32 balls left Australia reeling at 119 all out in Perth. West Indies closed the first day on 135 for 1, setting the tone for a dominating victory.
1929: Birth of Hugh Tayfield
South Africa’s greatest spin bowler, Hugh Tayfield, was born on this day. Known for his mastery of flight and accuracy, Tayfield’s highlight was his 9 for 113 against England in Johannesburg in 1956-57, leading South Africa to a thrilling 17-run victory.
1990: Birth of Mitchell Starc
Left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc, who became a potent wicket-taking option for Australia in ODIs and Tests, was born on this day. Starc’s prowess in both formats and his impactful performances in World Cups have solidified his place as one of the best in the business.
These are just a few glimpses of the rich tapestry of cricketing history that unfolded on January 30th. From thrilling matches to legendary players, this day has witnessed it all, shaping the sport we all love.