On 24 May 1979, in a game against Worcestershire, Somerset County
Cricket Club captain Brian Rose chose to declare his team's innings
closed after one over, throwing the game to manipulate a loophole in the
rules. He was aiming to avoid elimination on a strike rate tie-breaker
from the quarterfinals of the 1979 Benson & Hedges Cup, a one-day
cricket competition for counties in England and Wales. After Somerset
scored one run and declared, Worcestershire scored the two runs they
needed to win. The match at New Road (pictured) in Worcester was
completed in 18 minutes, with only 16 legal deliveries. Although
Somerset's declaration was within the Laws of Cricket, Rose was
condemned by the press and cricket officials. Just over a week after the
match, the Test and County Cricket Board met for an emergency session
and voted to eject Somerset from the competition by a vote of seventeen
to one. The Laws were later changed to ban declarations in professional
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worcestershire_v_Somerset,_1979>
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