Australs to face the best batsman
ANDREW Thompson and his Australs Cricket Club teammates will come face-to-face with the best batsman in the world in round two of the Fraser Coast/Bundaberg A-grade competition in the Rum City on Saturday.
Well, young Englishman Oliver Hardaker does hold what is believed to be the world record for the highest score ever recorded in a one-day match.
The 18-year-old Hardaker, who will spend the summer playing for Bundaberg’s Across The Waves, blasted 329 not out for his club team, Horsforth, against Upper Wharfedale in a 40-over Sunday league match at Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales earlier this year.
He faced 144 balls and his innings included 27 sixes and 28 fours as his team posted a mammoth five for 419.
In one over, Hardaker, hit five sixes and a four on his way to beating his previous best effort of 100 not out, with ease.
Indian star Sachin Tendulkar holds the international record following his 200 not out against South Africa this year while the highest first class innings is 268, scored by Englishman Ali Brown for Surrey against Glamorgan in 2002.
Hardaker, who hopes his record-breaking exploits will help earn him a professional contract with his beloved Yorkshire County Cricket Club one day, got the chance to play in the Rum City this season after Across The Waves representative Zac Keune played alongside him during the English summer.
Keune invited him back to have a crack at playing here.
Thompson, an all-rounder, said he couldn’t wait to see Hardaker in action.
“I would have loved to have seen that innings of his – it must have been awesome to watch,” Thompson, who took the most wickets for Australs two seasons ago, said.
“Scoring that many runs in a one-day game is unheard of – teams struggle to get anywhere near that sort of total.
“I’d certainly buy him a beer if he produced that sort of innings again.
“But hey, it only takes one ball to get a batsman out.
“Mind you, it would have to be a good one to get him out by the sounds of it if that huge innings is anything to go on,” he laughed.