English cricketer hits 410 for highest score this century

Sam Northeast entered an exclusive group of cricketers to pass 400 runs in a single inning after hitting 410 not-out for Glamorgan in an England County Championship match on Saturday. He didn’t get a chance to challenge Brian Lara’s world record individual score of 501 – in 1994 while playing for Warwickshire, also in an England county match – because Glamorgan chose to declare at 795-5 against Leicestershire.

Northeast, a 32-year-old right-handed batter, hit 45 fours and three sixes in his 450-ball knock. It is the highest individual score this century in elite-level cricket, surpassing Lara’s test record 400 out 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 before. Like Lara, Australian batter Bill Ponsford crossed the 400 mark twice when he played for the State of Victoria in the 1920s.

Northeast’s knock was the fourth 400-plus score in the England county game, after Lara, Archie MacLaren (424) in 1895 and Graeme Hick (405) in 1988.

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