8 Longest overs in cricket of all time

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#3 Gladstone Small – 17 balls

Warwickshire vs Middlesex, County Championship, 1982

Gladstone Small 17-balls over Longest overs in cricket

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Former England’s cricketer Gladstone small represented his side both in Tests and ODIs. He had his moment of glory to help England retain the Ashes in 1986-87. Small, a last-minute replacement, stunned a Boxing Day crowd of 58,000 at the MCG with his figures of 5/48 and Australia were rolled over for 141. In good times, Small might not have played for the English team; he was neither fast nor reliable, and early in his career was an infuriatingly regular no-baller. However, he was still a key figure for Warwickshire in their all-conquering year of 1994.

Four years prior to making his debut, Small was playing for Warwickshire against a strong Middlesex side in 1982 County Championship. Simon Hughes was among the opposition and remembers watching the 21-year old stack up ten no-balls in an over. Desperately trying to complete the over, he walked in off two paces – and bowled a wide. The Warwickshire skipper, Dennis Amiss apparently admitted:

“When I said give us three or four quick overs at the start, I didn’t mean all at once.”

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