Sunday Times Teaser 2916 – Pointless Batting Averages
by Susan Bricket
Published August 12 2018 (link)
When my son was chosen to play cricket for his School First XI, I kept a record of the number of runs he scored in each of his first five innings. After each innings I calculated his batting average (the total number of runs scored so far divided by the number of innings) and found an interesting pattern:
(i) Each score was under 30
(ii) They were all different
(ii) Each of the five averages was a whole number
When he asked me how he could maintain this pattern with his sixth innings, I was able to tell him the smallest score that would achieve this.
What is the largest number this could have been?