History was made in the England County Championship on Saturday, July 23, when Glamorgan batter Sam Northeast flirted with West Indian great Brian Lara’s world record score to become just the first player this century to score more than 400 runs in a first-class innings .
Northeast scored a brilliant 410* from 450 deliveries against Leicestershire, but any chance he had of surpassing Lara’s world record score of 501* was cut short when Glamorgan captain David Lloyd started his side’s innings over lunch on day four of the Division. 795/5 stated. Two games on Grace Road.
It was the ninth-highest score in first-class history and the highest score a batter has ever achieved since Lara’s record-breaking beat for Warwickshire against Durham in Birmingham more than 28 years ago.
Northeast is also only the 11th batter to break the 400-run mark in a first-class innings, joining cricket greats such as Don Bradman, Graeme Hick, Bill Ponsford and Lara who have previously delivered the feat.
The right-hander hit 45 boundaries and three sixes on his record-breaking knock, with the 32-year-old enjoying an unbeaten 461-run partnership with Chris Cooke (191*) for the sixth wicket in response to Leicestershire’s first inning score of 584.
Northeast also enjoyed a 306 run tie with South African international Colin Ingram (139), with the duo with Glamorgan in a tricky position initially at 9/2 in the seventh over.
Despite an impressive first-class record that spanned 26 centuries and 61 half-centuries, Northeast never got the chance from England to perform at international level.