Ever felt like you’ve had a poor day in the nets? Well by reading this, you’ll find yourself somewhat comforted by learning the tale of how an English club cricket side were bowled out for just three runs - and two of those came courtesy of leg byes.
A collectors’ item scorecard was produced during a Cheshire League game between Haslington and Wirral when the latter were almost skittled for a world record-equalling low score. That honour still belongs to Somerset side, Langport, who were bowled out without scoring against Glastonbury in 1913.
To put it into context, the lowest ever Test innings was just 26, made by New Zealand in 1955 against England.
The Wirral batsmen certainly had a bad day at the office, with the first ten to the crease all being dismissed for ducks. Tailender, Connor Hobson, was the only member of the side to score a run - just a solitary one not-out - whilst two leg byes helped triple the team’s total.
Batting second in the match meant that their opponents were able to get some decent practice in the middle. Haslington scored 108 runs in the Division Three contest, and only needed two bowlers to carry them to victory.
Ben Istead claimed six wickets, whilst Tom Gledhill cleaned up the rest without conceding a single run. Eight men had taken the long trundle off of the pitch by the time that the left-hand side of the scoreboard finally ticked over.
This calamitous innings comes at a time when run rates have continued to soar through the roof as T20 cricket becomes more of an established format of the game. India and Australia’s One Day series at the back end of 2013 possessed an unprecedented number of scores over 300, yet Wirral used 10 overs to complete their final innings post of 3-10.
After recording this infamously low score, the club showed a much-needed sense of humour when they tweeted news of the game, stating: "1st XI lost by 105 runs today... Sadly the opposition only scored 108!"
In addition to informing the Twittersphere of their lacklustre performance, @Wirral_CC also wrote to several high profile names in an attempt to secure some world class coaching for their batting line-up.
Michael Vaughan, David Lloyd and Andrew Flintoff were among those approached, meanwhile Piers Morgan turned down the opportunity to turn out for Wirral - despite the promise of the best tea in the league - claiming that his form was too good for them.
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