Croft’s double-act creates county record

Glamorgan’s recent County Championship match against Leicestershire at Swansea saw a moment of cricket history as Robert Croft, the veteran Glamorgan all-rounder, became the Welsh county’s first-ever player and the first for any county since 1972 to achieve the fantastic career double of 1,000 first-class wickets and 10,000 first-class runs for a single club.

The 40 year-old achieved this magnificent milestone when he claimed his 1,000th first-class wicket for Glamorgan when he dismissed Wayne White to become the first county cricketer since Hampshire’s Peter Sainsbury in May 1972 to complete the double of 10,000 runs and 1,000 first-class wickets for just one county.

Only the following eight players have achieved this feat in county cricket since the end of the Second World War:

Player County Runs Wickets
Trevor Bailey Essex 1946–1967 21460 1593
Tony Brown Gloucestershire 1953–1976 12684 1223
Tom Cartwright Warwickshire 1952–1969 10781 1058
Ray Illingworth Yorkshire 1951–1983 14986 1431
Derek Morgan Derbyshire 1950–1969 17842 1216
John Mortimore Gloucestershire 1950–1975 14918 1696
Peter Sainsbury Hampshire 1954–1976 19576 1245
Fred Titmus Middlesex 1949–1982 17320 2361

Croft also became the first county bowler to take a thousand wickets for one club since Martin Bicknell achieved the feat for Surrey, taking his 1000th wicket during their Championship match with Glamorgan at The Oval in May 2005 – ironically when Croft was leading the Welsh county although the off-spinner was not one of Bicknell’s eight wickets in the contest as he reached the coveted milestone.

The late Phil Carrick narrowly missed out on achieving the feat for Yorkshire for whom he took 1018 wickets and scored 9994 runs during his career for the White Rose county between 1970 and 1993. He had gone into Yorkshire’s final match of the 1993 season, against Surrey at The Oval, needing 20 runs to reach the 1,000-run mark.

Rain washed out the first two day’s play before Surrey batted first when play finally got underway on the third day. After the home side had been dismissed shortly before the close of play, Carrick was promoted to open the batting and ended the day 14 not out, just six runs short of his target. But the rains returned the following day, washing the final day of the contest and preventing Carrick from reaching his goal.

Fortunately, the weather gods have smiled more favourably on Croft, and given the changes which have been talked about taking place to the county calendar in the future, the 40-year-old might also be the last-ever player the reach this milestone for a single club.

About Andrew Hignell

Andrew Hignell was born in Gloucester, but raised and educated in Cardiff. He has supported Glamorgan Cricket since the early 1970s and was appointed the Club’s Statistician in 1982 and since 2004 has been their 1st XI scorer. Andrew has a doctorate in geography and taught for eighteen years before becoming Glamorgan’s scorer. Andrew has written over a dozen books on cricket and he is also the Secretary of the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians.
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