England cricketer hits 410 for best score this century

LEICESTER, England (AP) — Sam Northeast entered an exclusive group of cricketers to score 400 runs in a single inning…

LEICESTER, England (AP) — Sam Northeast entered an exclusive field of cricketers to score 400 runs in a single inning after hitting 410 pitches for Glamorgan in an English County Championship game on Saturday.

He didn’t get the chance to challenge Brian Lara’s record individual score of 501 – set in 1994 while playing for Warwickshire, also in an English county game – because Glamorgan chose to declare the 795 -5 against Leicestershire.

Northeast, a 32-year-old right-handed hitter, hit 45 fours and three sixes in his 450-ball run. It is the highest individual tally this century in elite level cricket, surpassing Lara’s Test record of 400 paces for the West Indies against England in 2004, and the ninth highest of all time.

Only eight players had ever made 400 or more in first-class cricket.

Like Lara, Australian batter Bill Ponsford twice topped the 400 mark, while playing for Victoria State in the 1920s.

Northeast’s shot was the fourth score over 400 in the English County game, after Lara, Archie MacLaren (424) in 1895 and Graeme Hick (405) in 1988.

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