Team scores nine ducks in one innings

A Prague cricket club had nine batsman dismissed without scoring in a 40-over match

Laura Jolly

07 June 2015, 01:38 PM

A scorecard that has to be seen to be believed has emerged from club cricket in the Czech Republic, with a Prague side tallying an incredible nine ducks in the one innings.

Playing in the Czech Cricket Union Pro40 League, the Prague Cricket Club 2nd XI was bowled out for 54 chasing Bohemian Cricket Club’s 126 in their 40-over clash late last month.

No.3 batsman Aditya Jaiswal top-scored with an unbeaten 43 off 49 balls and the next highest score – and the only other batsman to score a run - was No.4  Abhi Samanth (1).

Ten extras contributed to the Prague total, including six leg byes, two byes and two wides.

Bohemian bowler Sudesh Wickremasinghe claimed six wickets and gave away 17 runs from his seven overs.

The Czech national cricket team has been an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council since 2000, and cricket is played in the Czech Republic from April to September each year, with six teams taking part in the CCU Pro40 League - one of two domestic leagues in the Czech Republic.

A Twenty20 competition is also held.

The most ducks recorded in a Test innings is six – a record shared by Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh and India.

Last year, England rolled India for 152 in the first innings of their match in Manchester, with Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pankaj Singh all departing without scoring.

Six ducks have been recorded in a single ODI innings on five occasions, with Pakistan responsible for three (1987, 1993 and 2012) of those.

Last year, Wirral Cricket Club, near Liverpool, were dismissed for just three against Haslington in a Cheshire League Third Division match. Extras were the top-scorer in that match, courtesy of two leg-byes.

There were 10 ducks in the Wirral innings, with No 11 Connor Hodson the only member of the visitors' side to score a run off the bat.

In that match, Wirral were reduced to eight down before scoring their first runs, in an innings that lasted fewer than 10 overs.