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Astounding Individual quadruple centuries in Cricket

quadruple centuries in cricket

Quadruple Centuries in Cricket

Following Leicestershire’s impressive score of 584 in their initial batting effort, Glamorgan found themselves in a challenging situation after losing their first two wickets with only nine runs on the board. However, from that point on, it was all about Northeast, who took control of the innings and played a crucial role in stabilizing the Glamorgan team.

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In an exceptional display of determination and skill, he batted for 447 deliveries, ultimately achieving his first-ever quadruple centuries. It is worth mentioning that his previous highest score prior to this game was 191.

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In the realm of first-class cricket, a total of eight other batsmen, including Brian Lara and Bill Ponsford on two occasions each, have managed to achieve a score of 400 or higher. Notably, Lara holds the distinction of being the only player to have crossed the 500-run mark in a single innings. In the current century, only Lara and Northeast have recorded a score of 400 or more.

Brian Lara

The County Championship match in 1994 between Warwickshire and Durham was a remarkable event as Brian Lara achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first and only player so far to score over 500 runs in a single innings. In the game, Durham batted first and set a total of 556-8d in their initial innings, thanks to an impressive double-century by John Morris.

In what may have appeared as a difficult feat to accomplish, the initial goal ultimately appeared to be much more achievable. Warwickshire managed to achieve a remarkable total of 810-4d in their innings, with Brian Lara, positioned at number three, taking 427 deliveries to score an outstanding 501 not out. Throughout his record-breaking innings, Lara struck an impressive tally of 62 boundaries and 10 sixes.

Hanif Mohammad

Hanif Mohammad could have become the first person to score 500 runs, if not for an unfortunate run-out on 499 in Karachi’s first innings in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. After Bahawalpur made 185 batting first, Karachi was led by a brilliant knock from Hanif, which helped them post 777-7d. Bahawalpur was shot out for 108 in the semifinal, giving Karachi a mammoth 479-run win. Hanif’s act lasted a whopping 635 minutes quadruple centuries.

Don Bradman

No list of outstanding batsmen can be considered comprehensive without including the legendary Don Bradman. Although he had a modest start in the 1930 Sheffield Shield match against Queensland, scoring just three runs in the first innings while his team managed a total of 235, he more than compensated for it in the following innings. With New South Wales holding a narrow eight-run lead, Bradman showcased his brilliance by amassing a staggering 769 runs. He achieved this feat with an unbeaten 452 runs, which stood as the highest score in first-class cricket for nearly three decades.

Bhausaheb Nimbalkar

The only India batter with a quadruple centuries ton in any format of the game, Nimbalkar achieved the feat during the Ranji Trophy encounter in Pune. After Kathiawar made only 238 runs on the board in their first innings, Maharashtra bounced back strongly with opener Kamal Bandarkar making 205. However, his innings were overshadowed by Nimbalkar, whose 443* helped the side to 826-4d. The match eventually ended in a draw.

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Bill Ponsford

Ponsford had already recorded a 400+ knock in first-class cricket in 1923, but bettered his own tally four years later, registering what still remains the fifth-highest score in the format. Playing for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield, Ponsford, opening the innings, struck a brisk 437 in his team’s score of 793. Queensland were bowled out for 189 in reply, and could only make 407 while following on, giving Victoria a 197-run win quadruple centuries.

Other Batters with quadruple centuries in first-class innings

  • Bill Ponsford, 429, Victoria v Tasmania, 1923
  • Aftab Baloch, 428, Sind v Baluchistan, 1974
  • Archie MacLaren, 424, Lancashire v Somerset, 1895
  • Graeme Hick, 405*, Worcestershire v Somerset, 1988
  • Sam Northeast, 410*, Glamorgan v Leicestershire, 2022

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