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Four Timed Outs in first-class history

This rare mode of dismissal is yet to be recorded in Tests, but first-class games have seen four such dismissals so far.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2007 22:12 IST

'Timed out' is one of the rarest mode of dismissals in cricket and although it is yet to be recorded in Tests, first-class games have seen four such dismissals so far.

One of these games involved a Ranji Trophy tie between Orissa and Tripura at Cuttack on december 20 in 1997.

When Tripura lost their ninth wicket, the umpires called for drinks. At the end of the three-minute break, the Tripura No. 11, Hemulal Yadav, made no attempt to come on and was sitting on the boundary edge chatting with his team manager.

As the umpires returned to their positions, the Orissa fielders appealed, and the umpires gave Yadav out and secured him a place in history.

Another such dismissal involved Nottinghamshire seamer Andrew Harris.

Playing in one of the traditional early-season games, Harris strained his groin and did not hope to bat.

But with team-mate Chris Read on 94 not out when the ninth wicket fell, Harris gamely limped into action.

The first instance of such a dismissal occurred in 1987-88 when playing against Transvaal at Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province's Andrew Jordaan, who was not out overnight, failed to arrive in time next morning as the roads were bad after a downpour.

Another instance was in the 2002-03 season. Vasbert Drakes, the West Indian fast bowler, was mentioned on the scorecard as 'Timed Out' for Border against Free State at East London.

His dismissal was rather unfortunate as he wasn't even in the country at the time - his plane to South Africa had been delayed and he had not arrived!