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Broad on the Board

Broad on the Board

Stuart Broad was at Lord’s to watch his name go onto the Honours Board following the New Zealand Test in which he picked up the Man of the Match award for his 7/44 on the fourth day.

It's the second time as a bowler that Broad has managed to get his name on the Honours Board following his 11/165 against the West Indies in 2012, when he became the first England bowler to take ten wickets in a match since Ian Botham in 1978 against New Zealand.

“Every time you play here at Lord’s you want to win the game,” Broad told Lord’s TV.

“But you also want to make a contribution and get on the famous Honours Board.”

Broad speeds to 7/44

Broad’s first appearance on the boards actually came as a batsman after he hit 169 against Pakistan back in 2010.

But the 26-year-old’s most recent effort could be extra special due to the time in which it took him to do it.

One of the quickest ever?

Set 239 to win, New Zealand went into lunch at 29/6 when Broad had picked up his fifth victim, Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum.

The innings was just 59 minutes old at this point and Broad had bowled only 5.4 overs since opening up from the Nursery end.

“I think it’s probably my quickest five-for ever,” Broad commented.

“It was amazing how quickly events unraveled really!”

There are three other bowlers who all have a claim on being the fastest, time-wise, to make it onto the Honours Board.

1896 – Tom Richardson

England’s Tom Richardson took 6/39 as Australia were bowled out for just 53 at Lord's. The whole innings lasted just 22.3 overs – exactly the same length of time England took to bowl New Zealand out during Broad’s 7/44 – and around 75 minutes.

Richardson’s fifth wicket was Hugh Trumble, who was the eighth man out when the score was just 45, so he will be fairly close to Broad’s time.

1912 – SF Barnes

England’s Sidney Barnes took 5/25 as South Africa crumbled to 58 all out in an innings that lasted just 26.1 overs and 85 minutes, according to the magazine Cricket.

Again, like Richardson, Barnes’ fifth wicket was the eight to fall with the score at 54.

1909 – Warwick Armstrong

Australia’s Warwick Armstrong took 6/35 as England were bowled out for 121. Crucially, like Broad, his fifth wicket was the sixth to fall, when he dismissed George Hirst with the score at 41.

Wisden noted that England looked set to save the game on that morning “but in less than half an hour all hopes of this kind were destroyed.”

England had batted for around 20 minutes the previous evening which would suggest that Armstrong’s fifth victim occurred in around fifty minutes, however we cannot be certain to which point Wisden’s “all hopes of this kind were destroyed” refers.

Was it from the start of play that morning or were there a few overs bowled before the half an hour collapse occured? The final two wickets took 41 minutes to fall, so we can be sure that the half an hour would have included Armstrong's fifth.

One thing we can safely say is that Broad is certainly the quickest to achieve the feat in the modern era, no other player following the first World War, bar Broad, has got close to the three aforementioned.

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