English cricket continues to celebrate the remarkable achievement of James Anderson, who has become only the fourth Englishman in history to take 300 Test wickets. Anderson’s tally is all the more remarkable because all 300 were taken in a single innings.
Commentators were surprised and spectators looked on aghast as the wickets mounted. Len Casey, who was at Lords with his son Charlie, said ‘It was amazing. There really didn’t seem to be much going on at first, just lots of men standing around, waiting for another man to hit the ball. A bit slow really. We’d only popped in because Charlie had a school closure day and the zoo was shut for stocktaking’.
Fellow spectator Jeff Crane agrees ‘There had been a bit of excitement when one of the programme sellers fell down the stairs but otherwise it was a bit lacking in the racing about department. Suddenly there was a crack of thunder, a flash of lightning and both teams shot into the air and the scoreboard fizzed before starting to flash quicker and quicker. Within 30 seconds England were on 156 wickets. It was all so quick. By the time my mate Ted got back from the Gents we were on 289’.
After the match there was some suspicion that the scoreboard may have malfunctioned. The manufacturers ‘SportsFlash’ denied any problems and confirmed that since close of play 35 of British sport's governing bodies have placed orders for new equipment.
Meanwhile James Anderson has taken another 976 New Zealand wickets.