Alviro Peterson (left) and Ashwell Prince © Getty Images

Alviro Peterson (left) and Ashwell Prince © Getty Images (File Photo)

South African batsmen Alviro Petersen and Ashwell Prince shared a partnership of 501 runs for Lancashire against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay recently in the County Championship in England. On the occasion, Bharath Seervi lists the highest partnerships between players from same as well as different countries in First-Class cricket.

The partnership of 501 runs shared between Alviro Peterson and Ashwell Prince is the highest between two South Africans in First-Class cricket history. It is also a record for any wicket by two non-Englishmen in County Championship. Before this, 12 partnerships of over 500 runs were scored in First-Class cricket, of which 7 were between players from Asia in Asia. England and West Indies were the only non-Asian countries for which batsmen made 500-run stands. ALSO READ: Petersen, Prince and other instances of two batsmen scoring between 250-300 in same FC innings

In fact, there has been at least one 500-run partnership between players of all four Asian Test-playing nations — India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. But there are none for countries like Australia (which is surprising, given Don Bradman and Bill Ponsford) and New Zealand. Before Peterson and Prince’s stand there was none for South Africa as well.

Let’s list the highest partnerships by players from same country for each country in First-Class cricket.

Highest partnership between two players from same country from each country in First-Class cricket

Country Runs Partners Wkt For Against Venue Season
Australia 464* Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh 5 NSW Western Australia WACA 1990-91
Bangladesh 580 Rafatullah Mohmand, Aamer Sajjad 2 Water and Power Development Authority Sui Southern Gas Corporation Sheikhupura 2009-10
England 555 Percy Holmes, Herbert Sutcliffe 1 Yorkshire Essex Leyton 1932
India 577 Vijay Hazare, Gul Mohammad 4 Baroda Holkar Baroda 1946-47
New Zealand 467 Andrew Jones, Martin Crowe 3 New Zealand Sri Lanka Wellington 1990-91
Pakistan 561 Waheed Mirza, Mansoor Akhtar 1 Karachi Whites Quetta Karachi 1976-77
South Africa 501 Alviro Petersen, Ashwell Prince 3 Lancashire Glamorgan Colwyn Bay 2015
Sri Lanka 624 Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene 3 Sri Lanka South Africa SSC 2006
West Indies 574* Clyde Walcott, Frank Worrell 4 Barbados Trinidad Queen’s Park Oval 1945-46
Zimbabwe 330 Dirk Viljoen, Craig Evans 2 Mashonaland Matabeleland Bulawayo 2010-11

–    For New Zealand and Sri Lanka, the highest partnership in First-Class cricket came in Tests.

–    The partnership between Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene of 624 runs is the highest partnership in the history of First-Class cricket and the only one in excess of 600.

–    The highest partnership involving a South African is 523 between Neil McKenzie and Michael Carberry for Hampshire against Yorkshire at Southampton in 2011.

–    The highest partnership involving a Zimbabwean is 385* between Michael Yardy and Murray Goodwin for Sussex against Warwickshire at Hove in 2006.

The County Championship is probably the largest domestic First-Class cricket competition where players from different countries play for the participating teams. Many high individual scores, bowling figures and partnership in County involve players from different countries. The table below lists the highest partnerships between two players from different countries in First-Class cricket.

Highest partnership between two players from different countries in First-Class cricket

Runs Partners Wkt For Against Venue Season
523 Michael Carberry (Eng), Neil McKenzie (SA) 3 Hampshire Yorkshire Southampton 2011
470 Alvin Kallicharran (WI), Geoff Humpage (Eng) 4 Warwickshire Lancashire Southport 1982
465* John Jameson (Eng), Rohan Kanhai (WI) 2 Warwickshire Gloucestershire Edgbaston 1974
438* Graeme Hick (Eng), Tom Moody (Aus) 3 Worcestershire Hampshire Southampton 1997
436* Darren Maddy (Eng), Brad Hodge (Aus) 3 Leicestershire Loughborough University Centre of Cricketing Excellence Grace Road 2003
433 Arthur Sims (NZ), Victor Trumper (Aus) 8 Australians Canterbury Christchurch 1913-14
425* Adrian Dale (Eng), Viv Richards (WI) 4 Glamorgan Middlesex Cardiff 1993
411 Robert Poore (SA), Teddy Wynyard (Eng) 6 Hampshire Somerset Taunton 1899
408 Salil Oberoi (Ind), Dan Fox (Eng) 3 Oxford University Cambridge University Fenner’s 2005
402 Rohan Kanhai (WI), Billy Ibadulla (Pak) 4 Warwickshire Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge 1968

–    Of the 10 400-run partnerships between players from different countries, nine have come in England.

–    There are only three 400-run partnerships between two Non-Englishmen in England: 501 between Peterson and Prince, mentioned in the first table; 451 between Bradman and Ponsford for Australia against England at The Oval in 1934 in a Test; and 402 between Rohan Kanhai and Billy Ibadulla, mentioned in the second table.

–    As evident from the above table, the only 400-run partnerships between players from different countries outside England is 433 between Arthur Sims and Victor Trumper.

Footnote Trivia

Since World War II, there are four partnerships of more than 450 runs in England but in none of those two Englishmen have been involved. The highest is 450 between Nick Compton and James Hildreth for Somerset against Cardiff Marylebone Cricket Club University at Taunton in 2012.

(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)