The latest round of Ranji Trophy matches which started on Tuesday saw the historic 60,000 first-class match being played between Manipur and Chandigarh in Kolkata.
- More than 60,000 First-Class games have now been played in cricket history
- Cricket saw it’s maiden First-Class match being played in 1772
- Yorkshire have won the most number of First-Class matchesManipur and Chandigarh might be out of contention of the Ranji Trophy knock-out stage, but when the 2 teams met in Kolkata on Tuesday for their final round Plate Group tie, they created history. Manipur vs Chandigarh currently being played at Videocon Academy Ground, Kolkata has now become the 60,000th First-Class (FC) match in cricket history.
Till Monday a total of 59,990 first-class matches have been recorded. With a total of 18 matches in the Ranji Trophy starting on Tuesday, the Manipur vs Chandigarh game was the 10th (alphabetically), thus marking the 60,000 FC match in cricket history.
The match which is essentially a dead rubber saw Manipur win the toss and opt to field first in Kolkata. At the Tea interval, Chandigarh had scored 218/5 in 65 overs courtesy an 86* from Uday Kaul and 53 from Raman Bishnoi.
Cricket’s maiden first-class match was held in 1772 between Hampshire and England. It took almost 150 years till Yorkshire and Sussex played the 10,000th first-class match in 1921. 86 years later Sri Lanka A and Bangladesh A marked the 50,000th match in 2007.
Among teams, Surrey have played the most first-class matches at 3,656 followed closely by Yorkshire (3,647) and Sussex (3,524).
Yorkshire 1531 wins are the most among teams in First-Class history, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given the county has won 32 County Championship titles in storied history.
Till Monday, a total of 47,820,820 first-class runs have been scored in the last 248 years while 1,776,598 wickets have been recorded. However, it should be noted that these stats do not include the match between Kent and Sussex at Sevenoaks in 1829, for which the scores are not known.