While searching for statistics on the size of bat wings, I came across this statement:
Anyone who has studied the history and statistics of cricket up to the advent of roundarm bowling will agree that the single greatest controversy that the sport had to deal with pre-roundarm concerned the width of the bat.…
The incident is shrouded in controversy even now.
Controversy, it turns out, means that either “Shock” White or “Daddy” White introduced a “monster bat” into play on the cricket … field-thingy. What madness could drive an 18th century batsman to employ such an affront to nature? Therein lies the true controversy, I imagine.
The history of crickets extends easily into the Cretaceous. As for the statistics of crickets, the loudest species measured is the European mole cricket, at least according to the University of Florida Book of Insect Records (PDF link). A pregnant giant weta of New Zealand is reportedly the heaviest insect ever weighed, and is certainly the heaviest cricket.