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Daniel Christian’s 129 from Middlesex’s total of 192 runs breaks numerous records

Daniel Christian's great effort went in vain as his team Middlesex lost against Kent © Getty Images (File Photo)
Daniel Christian’s great effort went in vain as his team Middlesex lost against Kent © Getty Images (File Photo)

In an English T20 Blast match, Daniel Christian smashed 129 runs off 58 balls and his team’s next highest score was 14 which ended up Middlesex scoring only 192 in 19.4 overs against Kent. Christian’s 67.18 per cent of his team’s runs are at top spot in the lists provided by Bharath Seervi, who also lists some other records created and overcome by Christian in the innings.

On June 6, 2014, at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury in a South Division English T20 Blast between Kent and Middlesex, the former won the toss and elected to bat. After their first wicket fell on 33 in the fourth over, Kent captain Robert Key (36 off 24) and No 3 batsman Sam Northeast (54 off 34) provided stability to the team as they scored 87 for two in the first 10 overs. Late hitting by Alex Blake (58 not out off 31) and wicketkeeper Sam Billings (31 not out off 12) swept the total to 208 for four in 20 overs. The inning included 66 runs in the last four overs.

Middlesex were playing their sixth match with no win in the first five games and were set a target of 209 to open their account this season. In the chase, the first four batsmen’s scores were four by Paul Stirling, 12 by Dawid Malan, 10 by captain Eoin Morgan and nine by Joe Denly. With three wickets for 38 runs in the powerplay overs, a chase of 209 was always a tough task for any team. At No 5 came Daniel Christian with a batting average of 19.77 and four 50-plus scores in his T20 career of 111 matches.

Christian soon reached his half-century off 25 balls with five fours and four sixes in the 11th over when team’s score was 93. He continued his attack. But the wickets kept falling on the other side. By the 15th over Middlesex were six wickets down with the score nearing 140. Christian went past his highest score in T20s [75 not in the Big Bash League in 2011-12] and gradually reached his maiden century with a six to Doug Bollinger in the 17th over on the 46th delivery he faced. His century was completed with nine fours and eight sixes. He was out in the final over when 19 runs needed of six deliveries. The next best score in the team was 14 by Toby Roland-Jones at No 8.

Christian’s 129 (57) which included 12 fours and 10 sixes went in vain as his team Middlesex lost the match by 16 runs. This was their sixth straight loss in the tournament. Thought the inning did not result in the team’s victory, there were few records broken by Christian.

Below are the stats and records created and broken by Daniel Christian

Christian overcame some T20 records as well as some records in the English Domestic T20 Cricket.

Highest percentage of runs in a completed T20 innings

Daniel Christian scored 67.18 per cent of his team’s runs [129 from a total of 192] which is the fifth highest percentage of runs in a completed T20 innings and second highest in an all-out T20 innings.

% runs Runs Team Total Batsman For Against Venue Date Result
71.21 141* 198/4 Cameron White Somerset Worcestershire Worcester July 9, 2006 Lost
71.17 158* 222/3 Brendon McCullum KKR Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore April 18, 2008 Won
70.88 112* 158/4 Rassie van der Dussen North West South Western Districts Potchefstroom February 10, 2013 won
70 42 60/10 Kane Williamson New Zealand Sri Lanka Chittagong March 31, 2013 Lost
67.18 129 192/10 Daniel Christian Middlesex Kent Canterbury June 6, 2014 Lost

Highest percentage of runs in an all-out T20 innings

% runs Runs Team Total Batsman For Against Venue Date Result
70 42 60/10 Kane Williamson New Zealand Sri Lanka Chittagong March 31, 2013 Lost
67.18 129 192/10 Daniel Christian Middlesex Kent Canterbury June 6, 2014 Lost
65.17 73 112/10 Justin Kreusch Warriors Titans Benoni January 22, 2006 Lost
62.88 61 97/10 Jimmy Adams Hampshire Somerset Southampton June 11, 2010 Lost
62.37 63* 101/10 Chris Gayle West Indies Sri Lanka Oval June 19, 2009 Lost

Highest individual score in losing side in T20 cricket

Daniel Christian’s 129 is the second highest individual score in losing side in T20 matches. The highest also came in English domestic T20 — 141 not out by Cameron White in 2006. Among seven highest scores in losing side, 3 are by Chris Gayle.

Runs Balls Batsman For Against Venue Date
141* 70 Cameron White Somerset Worcestershire Worcester July 9, 2006
129 57 Daniel Christian Middlesex Kent Canterbury June 6, 2014
123* 68 David Warner NSW RCB Bangalore October 7, 2011
122* 61 Chris Gayle Jamaica Guyana Gros Islet January 19, 2013
117 57 Chris Gayle West Indies South Africa Johannesburg September 11, 2007

Highest individual score batting at No 5 in T20 cricket

Runs Balls Batsman For Against Venue Date
129 57 Daniel Christian Middlesex Kent Canterbury June 6, 2014
107* 60 Rajat Bhatia Delhi Railways Mumbai (BS) March 24, 2012
107* 60 James Hildreth Somerset Glamorgan Taunton June 22, 2012
101* 38 David Miller KXIP RCB Mohali May 6, 2013
100* 37 Scott Styris Sussex Glucestershire Hove July 24, 2012

The only other century at No 5 is by Yousuf Pathan 100 (37) in the IPL 2010.

Highest individual score in English Domestic T20 cricket

The 129 made by Christian is the third highest individual score in English Domestic T20 cricket. The list is headed by Graham Napier’s 152 not out off 58 deliveries for Essex vs Sussex in 2008.

Runs Balls Batsman For Against Venue Date
152* 58 Graham Napier Essex Sussex Chelmsford June 24, 2008
141* 70 Cameron White Somerset Worcestershire Worcester July 9, 2006
129 57 Daniel Christian Middlesex Kent Canterbury June 6, 2014
124* 69 Michael Lumb Hampshire Essex Southampton June 4, 2009
119 52 Kevin O’Brien Glucestershire Middlesex Uxbridge June 26, 2011

Most sixes in an innings in English Domestic T20 cricket

Christian’s 10 sixes is the third highest number of sixes struck by a player in an inning in English Domestic T20 cricket.

Sixes Runs Batsman For Against Venue Date
16 152* (58) Graham Napier Essex Sussex Chelmsford June 24, 2008
11 119 (52) Kevin O’Brien Glucestershire Middlesex Uxbridge June 26, 2011
10 129 (57) Daniel Christian Middlesex Kent Canterbury June 6, 2014
9 91 (35) Mark Ealham Nottinghamshire Yorkshire Nottingham July 7, 2004
9 116* (53) Cameron White Somerset Glucestershire Taunton June 27, 2006
9 80* (33) Ross Taylor Durham Leicestershire Durham June 14, 2010
9 100* (37) Scott Styris Sussex Glucestershire Hove July 24, 2012

All stats updated till June 6, 2014.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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