English batter Sam Northeast has joined an elite band to have scored 400 in a first-class innings, amassing 410no - the century's highest individual total
Sam Northeast probably never imagined he might one day mentioned in the same breath as Don Bradman and Brian Lara.
Yet the unsung English batter has just joined the Aussie nonpareil and the West Indian maestro in the elite band of batters to have scored 400 in a single first-class innings.
Northeast, a 32-year-old who's never quite made the grade to international honours, recorded the 21st century's highest individual score - 410 not out - in a county championship division two match for Glamorgan against Leicestershire on Saturday.
𝗙𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗛𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗗! Sam Northeast becomes the first Glamorgan player ever to reach 4⃣0⃣0⃣ 👏 𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥. It also brings up the 450 partnership! 🤯 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲: https://t.co/F3GGp6mm3i#LEIvGLAM | #GoGlam pic.twitter.com/DFrFk15QUW%E2%80%94 Glamorgan Cricket 🏏 (@GlamCricket) July 23, 2022
Better still for the man often talked about as perhaps the best English batter never to be selected for his country, Northeast's monumental knock at Leicester's Grace Road enabled Glamorgan to pull off a victory by an innings and 28 runs - with a bit of help from his Australian friends.
For after his incredible knock, Glamorgan's veteran 41-year-old Aussie paceman Michael Hogan, took a match-winning 4-43, while his compatriot, Test allrounder Michael Neser, also chipped in with 3-60.
But the day belonged to Northeast, who made hay with his sixth-wicket partner Chris Cooke (191no), allowing Glamorgan to earlier declare on 5-795 in reply to Leicestershire's 584, before the Welsh county then dismissed their opponents for 183 in 59.4 overs.
Northeast joined Lara, Archie MacLaren and Graeme Hick as one of only four players ever to score more than 400 in an innings in England.
🏏SAM TAN🔥 Sam Northeast hit 410*, the highest score in Glamorgan’s history, as they beat Leicestershire by an innings and 28 runs He was part of a club record score of 795-5 and a record stand of 461 with Chris Cooke (191*) Northeast spoke to @BBCSportWales pic.twitter.com/qsYeJi25tV%E2%80%94 Nick Webb (@nickwebb2017) July 23, 2022
The man whose previous best was 191, can now boast the ninth-highest individual score ever after striking 45 fours and three sixes off 450 balls, while sharing an unbroken stand of 461 with wicketkeeper Cooke - the eighth-highest partnership in county championship history.
Northeast, who'd been dropped at slip on 96, began the morning, in which he and Cooke rattled up 232 runs, by eclipsing Steve James' 309 not out as the highest score ever by a Glamorgan player.
Northeast, by nature a textbook strokemaker, had only cleared the ropes once but with the 400 landmark and a lunchtime declaration looming, he threw caution to the wind, hitting Roman Walker over long-on for six to go to 402 before going past Hick's 405 with another lusty blow next ball.
When he went past Lara's 400, made in the Test against England in 2004, it became the biggest score compiled this century.
MacLaren had been the first man to hit a quadruple century back in the 19th century while Australian great Bill Ponsford was the only one to make a pair of 400s before Lara eclipsed him with his quadruple and quintuple tons.
FIRST-CLASS CRICKET'S 400 CLUB
Brian Lara 501no (Warwickshire v Durham, Birmingham, 2 June 1994)
Hanif Mohammad 499 (Karachi v Bahawalpur, Karachi, 8 January 1959)
Don Bradman 452no (NSW v Queensland, Sydney, 3 January 1930)
B.B Nimbalkar 443no (Maharashtra v Kathiawar, Pune, 16 December 1948)
Bill Ponsford 437 (Victoria v Queensland, Melbourne, 16 December 1927)
Bill Ponsford 429 (Victoria v Tasmania, Melbourne, 2 February 1923)
Aftab Baloch 428 (Sind v Baluchistan, Karachi, 18 February 1974)
Archie MacLaren 424 (Lancashire v Somerset, Taunton, 15 July 1895)
Sam Northeast 410no (Glamorgan v Leicestershire, Leicester, 23 Jully, 2022)
Graeme Hick 405no (Worcestershire v Somerset, Taunton, 5 May 1988)
Brian Lara 400no (West Indies v England, St John's, Antigua, 10 April 2004)
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