Wednesday, 19 June 2013

 Highest cricket score in one-day match - Olly   Hardaker sets world record 

 Photo: Oliver Hardaker hit 329 runs off 144 balls setting the new world record for theHighest cricket score in adult one-day match (enlarge photo)

His stunning performance for the 3rd XI against Upper Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales helped Horsforth to a league record 419-5 in 40 overs in the Ian Chappell Cup first round.

   Oliver said: 'I just kept playing my shots and didn't think about my score. It was a bit weird when I got to 100 with 27 overs left and I thought I could get something big here.'

     Oliver, 18, needed just 144 balls to notch up the record breaking total and his stunning innings included 27 sixes and 28 fours.

   He said: "My best previous score was 100 not out for the under-17s. I offered only one chance when I was on 140. "I went for a straight drive but skied the ball. However, it caught in the wind and drifted and the wicketkeeper did not get to it."

  The previous Guinness world record for the Highest cricket score in adult one-day match was set by Indian International Sachin Tendulkar who scored 304 in a North Californian Cricket Association match in 1999.

   Mr Hardaker's 329 in 144 balls even eclipses the highest one-day totals in professional cricket.

   The achievement has also turned him into an instant celebrity at Woodhouse Grove School in Bradford where he is studying for A Levels and the teenager has been hailed as a 'god' on Facebook.

    Oliver is the fifth generation of his family to represent the Leeds-based Horsforth and ironically it was one of the only games his father Sean, a bakery owner, has missed.

    'It was quite funny because my dad normally comes along to watch but he couldn't make it that day. My friends texted him to let him know what I was doing but he didn't believe them. It wasn't until someone sent him a picture message of the scoreboard that he believed it had happened.'

    Oliver, who has played cricket since he was five, said he would 'love to be a professional cricketer' and has been selected for Yorkshire Under 19 trials later this summer.

    Ian Frost, the head of cricket at his £10,000-a-year independent school, said: 'I'm delighted for him. He is a very correct young batsman and although he's not very big, he does strike the ball hard.'

   Edward Craig, of The Wisden Cricketer magazine, said: "I haven't heard of someone scoring this many runs in 40 overs before. It is an amazing feat."

       One Day Cricket World Records
  One Day International: Sachin Tendulkar 200 for India v South Africa in 2010              
  First Class Matches: Alistair Brown 268 for Surrey v Glamorgan  in 2002
  Amateur Cricket (from available records): Oliver Hardaker 329 for Horsforth v Upper Wharfedale in 2010

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