List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Clarrie Grimmett

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Clarrie Grimmett in 1937

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five–for" or "fifer")[1] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[2] and as of August 2014 only 23 bowlers have taken at least 20 five-wicket hauls at international level in their cricketing careers.[3]

Clarence Victor "Clarrie" Grimmett (25 December 1891 – 2 May 1980), a leg spinner and right-hand batsman, was born in New Zealand though he played the bulk of his cricket in Australia. He is thought by many to be one of the finest early spin bowlers, and is usually credited as the developer of the flipper. Grimmett made his first-class debut for Wellington at the age of 17. At that time, New Zealand was not a Test cricketing nation, and in 1914 he moved to neighbouring Australia to further his career.

Grimmett played 37 Tests between 1924 and 1936, taking 216 wickets at an average of just 24.21 runs apiece.[4] He took a five wicket haul on debut against England in Sydney in 1925.[5] He became the first bowler to reach the milestone of taking 200 Test wickets, and is one of only four Test bowlers that played in their first Test after the age of thirty to take more than 100 wickets, the other three being Dilip Doshi, Saeed Ajmal and Ryan Harris. He took an average of six wickets per match. Many wickets in the last four years of his Test career were taken bowling in tandem with fellow leg-spinner Bill O'Reilly. Grimmett remains the only bowler with career figures of over 200 wickets in fewer than 40 Tests. He took a five-wicket 'bag' on 21 occasions, seven times finishing with ten wickets or more in a match.

Grimmett was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1931, the same year as Donald Bradman. He died in Adelaide in 1980, and was posthumously inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 1996 as one of the ten inaugural members.

On 30 September 2009, Clarrie Grimmett was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[6]

Key

Symbol Meaning
Date Date the match was held, or starting date of the match for Test matches
Inn The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Batsmen The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
Result The result for Australia in that match
* One of two five-wicket hauls by Grimmett in a match
dagger 10 wickets or more taken in the match

Test five-wicket hauls

Five-wicket hauls in Test cricket by Clarrie Grimmett
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 27 February 1925*dagger Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney  England 1 11.7 45 5 2.84 Won[5]
2 27 February 1925*dagger Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney  England 2 19.4 37 6 1.42 Won[5]
3 10 July 1926 Headingley, Leeds  England 1 39.0 88 5 2.25 Drawn[7]
4 30 November 1928 Exhibition Ground, Brisbane  England 2 44.1 131 6 2.96 Lost[8]
5 1 February 1929 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  England 1 52.1 102 5 1.95 Lost[9]
6 13 June 1930*dagger Trent Bridge, Nottingham  England 1 22.0 107 5 3.34 Lost[10]
7 13 June 1930*dagger Trent Bridge, Nottingham  England 2 30.0 94 5 3.13 Lost[10]
8 27 June 1930 Lord's, London  England 2 53.0 167 6 3.15 Won[11]
9 11 July 1930 Headingley, Leeds  England 1 56.2 135 5 2.39 Drawn[12]
10 12 December 1930dagger Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  West Indies 1 48.0 87 7 1.81 Won[13]
11 16 January 1931 Exhibition Ground, Brisbane  West Indies 2 14.3 49 5 3.37 Won[14]
12 31 December 1931 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  South Africa 2 46.0 92 6 2.00 Won[15]
13 29 January 1932*dagger Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  South Africa 1 47.0 116 7 2.46 Won[16]
14 29 January 1932*dagger Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  South Africa 2 49.2 83 7 1.68 Won[16]
15 8 June 1934 Trent Bridge, Nottingham  England 1 58.3 81 5 1.38 Won[17]
16 18 August 1934 The Oval, London  England 2 26.3 64 5 2.41 Won[18]
17 1 January 1936*dagger Newlands, Cape Town  South Africa 1 17.0 32 5 1.88 Won[19]
18 1 January 1936*dagger Newlands, Cape Town  South Africa 2 36.4 56 5 1.52 Won[19]
19 15 February 1936dagger Old Wanderers, Johannesburg  South Africa 2 19.5 40 7 2.01 Won[20]
20 28 February 1936*dagger Kingsmead, Durban  South Africa 1 45.0 100 7 2.22 Won[21]
21 28 February 1936*dagger Kingsmead, Durban  South Africa 2 48.0 43 6 1.52 Won[21]

Test ten-wicket hauls

Clarrie Grimmett took ten wickets in a Test Match on seven occasions, and sits equal fifth on the all-time Test bowling table for "Most ten-wickets-in-a-match".[22] Among Australian bowlers he sits equal second (with Dennis Lillee) behind Shane Warne who took ten wickets in a Test in ten matches.

Ten-wicket hauls in Test cricket by Clarrie Grimmett
No. Figures Match Opponent Venue City Year Result
1 11/82 1  England Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney 1924-25 Won[5]
2 10/201 10  England Trent Bridge Nottingham 1930 Lost[10]
3 11/183 15  West Indies Adelaide Oval Adelaide 1930-31 Won[13]
4 14/199 23  South Africa Adelaide Oval Adelaide 1931-32 Won[16]
5 10/88 35  South Africa Newlands Cape Town 1935-36 Won[19]
6 10/110 36  South Africa Old Wanderers Johannesburg 1935-36 Won[20]
7 13/143 37  South Africa Kingsmead Durban 1935-36 Won[21]

References

  1. ^ "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2013. ... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ... 
  2. ^ Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Records / Combined Test, ODI and T20I records / Bowling records / Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Clarrie Grimmett - Test bowling records - Innings by innings list". espncricinfo. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "5th Test: Australia v England at Sydney, 27 February-4 March, 1925". espncricinfo. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sutcliffe, Grimmett, Trumper, Wasim and Waugh new inductees into Cricket Hall of Fame". 
  7. ^ "3rd Test: Australia v England at Headingley, 10-13 July, 1926". espncricinfo. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "1st Test: Australia v England at Brisbane, 30 November-5 December, 1928". espncricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "4th Test: Australia v England at Adelaide, 1-8 February, 1929". espncricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "1st Test: Australia v England at Trent Bridge, 13-17 June, 1930". espncricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "2nd Test: Australia v England at Trent Bridge, 27 June-1 July, 1930". espncricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "3rd Test: Australia v England at Headingley, 11-15 July, 1930". espncricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "1st Test: Australia v West Indies at Adelaide, 12-16 December, 1930". espncricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "3rd Test: Australia v West Indies at Brisbane, 16-20 January, 1931". espncricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "3rd Test: Australia v South Africa at Melbourne, 31 December-6 January, 1932". espncricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "3rd Test: Australia v South Africa at Melbourne, 29 January-2 February, 1932". espncricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "1st Test: Australia v England at Trent Bridge, 8-12 June, 1934". espncricinfo. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "5th Test: Australia v England at The Oval, 18-22 August, 1934". espncricinfo. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c "3rd Test: Australia v South Africa at Cape Town, 1-4 January, 1936". espncricinfo. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "4th Test: Australia v South Africa at Johannesburg, 15-17 February, 1936". espncricinfo. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  21. ^ a b c "5th Test: Australia v South Africa at Durban, 28 February-3 March, 1936". espncricinfo. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Most ten-wickets-in-a-match". espncricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
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