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Friday, 11 May 2012 21:34


It’s been confirmed that Totton & Eling’s Dave Taylor is a new cricket World record holder.
The 37-year old left-hander plundered an unbeaten 330 in Totton second team’s Southern Electric Premier League, Division 3 win over Trojans last weekend.  It’s a new record for the highest individual score by an adult cricketer in a 50-over game anywhere in the world.
Taylor, 37, smacked 31 sixes and 19 fours in an amazing treble-century at the Linden Oval, as Totton & Eling seconds piled up a massive 412-3 off a bewildered Trojans attack.
His triple-figure feat, which came off only 160 balls, has had cricket statisticians delving into the record books, searching out comparable mega individual scores across the globe, as far away as India and even Northern California !
Taylor’s 330 not out isn’t the highest 50-over score of all.  That accolade goes to Hyderabad’s Nikhilesh Surendran, who in January 2008 smashed the world record for the highest individual score in one-day minor cricket.  Opening the batting, he hit an unbeaten 334 for St John’s Church Junior College in the Boost U-16 inter-schools cricket tournament match.  Nikhilesh belted 54 boundaries in his 176-ball knock to guide his side to 558-3 in 43 overs.  The opposition, a tired (and not so) Brilliant Grammar School team were bowled out for just 48 to hand St John’s a 510-run win !
Three other Indian schoolboy batsmen have hit triple centuries in 50-over games, but Taylor appears to be the first English cricketer to achieve the feat.
Two summers ago, Wiltshire’s Tom Hankins (293 for Corsham) and James Hockley, with an unbeaten 283 for Hartley Country Club in Kent, made the highest scores in ECB accredited Premier League cricket.
Ali Brown holds the record for the highest 50-over score in English county cricket, making 268 in a C & G Trophy match against Glamorgan at The Oval in 2002, a game which produced a staggering 867 runs.  India’s Virender Sehwag made the highest ODI score of 219 not out against the West Indies last November.  Read Friday's Daily Echo for a full feature on Taylor's feat.


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