Cricket history is peppered with memorable moments, and September 30 has seen its fair share of intriguing events. From umpiring controversies to record-breaking innings, this day has witnessed it all. Let’s take a look at some significant events that unfolded on this day in cricket history.
1952: Birth of Controversial Umpire Darrell Hair
On this day in 1952, Australian umpire Darrell Hair, known for his fearless umpiring decisions and controversies, was born. Hair’s career was marked by several contentious calls, including the infamous ball-tampering incident involving Pakistan in 2006. He also no-balled Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan for his action during a Test in 1995-96. Hair’s autobiography further fueled the debate around Muralitharan’s bowling action. Throughout the 1990s, he was a neutral umpire during pivotal Test moments, such as Brian Lara’s historic 375 and Courtney Walsh’s 500th Test wicket. However, he will forever be remembered as the umpire whose actions led to the first forfeit in Test cricket history.
1869: Birth of Ernie Jones – First Man No-Balled for Throwing
Ernie Jones, the fearsome Australian fast bowler, was born on this day in 1869. He holds the distinction of being the first cricketer to be no-balled for throwing during a Test match against England in Melbourne in 1897-98. Despite ongoing discussions about his action, Jones’ talent as a bowler was evident, and he left a lasting impact on the game. Legend has it that he even bowled a delivery that passed through WG Grace’s beard in response to taunts from the English doctor.
1986: Birth of Martin Guptill – New Zealand’s Explosive Opener
Martin Guptill, a prominent name among New Zealand’s opening batsmen in the 2000s, was born on this day in 1986. Guptill made his mark with his explosive batting style, scoring his first fifty in his sixth Test against Pakistan in 2009. He recorded his maiden hundred against Bangladesh the following year. In 2013, Guptill set a record for the highest individual one-day score by a New Zealander with an unbeaten 189 against England. His double century in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final against West Indies remains one of the tournament’s highlights.
1922: Allan Rae – West Indies’ Fleeting Cricket Star
Allan Rae, a West Indies cricketer, was born on this day. Despite playing only 15 Tests, Rae showcased his batting prowess by averaging 46 between 1948 and 1953. His partnership with Jeff Stollmeyer yielded a record-breaking 239 runs for the first wicket in Chennai in 1948-49. Notably, Rae played a pivotal role in West Indies’ first-ever Test victory in England at Lord’s in 1950. He later transitioned into cricket administration, serving as the president of the West Indies Cricket Board.
2022: Jamaica Tallawahs Clinch CPL Title
In the 2022 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final, Jamaica Tallawahs secured their third title, ending a six-year drought. Facing the Barbados Royals, the Tallawahs bowlers, led by spinner Fabian Allen and fast bowler Nicholson Gordon, restricted their opponents to a modest total. Brandon King’s unbeaten 83 and Shamarh Brooks’ 47 ensured a stylish chase, with Tallawahs emerging victorious.
1994: Mark Taylor’s Unwanted Captaincy Milestone
In Karachi, Mark Taylor, the Australian opener, faced an unwanted milestone when he became the first captain to register a pair in his debut Test as captain. However, Taylor’s fortunes would change in Pakistan, where he later equalled Don Bradman’s Australian Test record score of 334.
These cricketing events on September 30 remind us of the sport’s rich history, filled with dramatic moments, controversies, and remarkable performances that have left an indelible mark on the game.