Dolphins batsman Cameron Delport contributed to the record 367-run unbeaten opening partnership with Morne van Wyk with a knock of 169 from 130 balls © IANS (File Photo)
Dolphins batsman Cameron Delport (above) contributed to the record 367-run unbeaten opening partnership with Morne van Wyk with a knock of 169 from 130 balls © IANS (File Photo)

Morne van Wyk, Cameron Delport and Reeza Hendricks all scored 150-plus in the same List-A match between Dolphins and Knights. Also the record for the highest partnership held by Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in limited-overs cricket was broken.  Bharath Seervi highlights the records created and emulated in this match.

In the Momentum Cup match between Dolphins and Knights at Bloemfontein in South Africa, three batsmen made individual scores of over 150. They were Morne van Wyk (175*) and Cameron Delport (169*) for the Dolphins, who batted first and Reeza Hendricks (181) for the Knights. Dolphins’ openers, van Wyk and Delport remained unbeaten at the crease for the entire course of 50 overs, posting a total of 367 for no loss. It is the highest total for a team without losing any wicket in a List-A match. The Knights, in reply, scored 342 for seven in their 50 overs and handed a 25-run victory to Dolphins.

The right-handed van Wyk scored his 175 runs off 171 balls with help of 15 fours and five sixes whereas his left-handed partner Delport took just 130 balls including 12 fours and six sixes to get to 169 runs. Delport got to his century mark first, in 90 balls, just before his team reaching 200. Van Wyk got to his hundred run mark in 142 balls with no sixes till then. Van Wyk scored 75 runs in his last 29 balls that included all those five sixes. In the last ten overs, they scored 129 runs.

The 367-run stand is the highest partnership for any wicket in List-A cricket surpassing Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid’s partnership of 331 runs against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999. Reeza Hendricks shared a partnership of 275 runs with Rudy Second for the second wicket. It is the first time there were two 250-plus partnerships in a single List-A match. Hendricks got to his century in 86 balls and was at the crease until the 44th over. The team needed 74 runs in the last six overs, but fell 25 runs short and Dolphins won by 25 runs.

It is the first time in the history of List-A cricket three individual 150-plus scores were scored in a single List-A match. There are several occasions of two 150-plus scores in a List-A game, 12 to be precise.

Two individual scores of 150-plus in a List-A innings

It has happened twice in One-Day Internationals (ODI). First was by Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999 and then by Hamish Marshall and Brendon McCullum for New Zealand against Ireland at Aberdeen in 2008.

Date Batsman 1 Runs 1 Batsman 2 Runs 2 Team Opposition Venue
November 8, 1999 SR Tendulkar 186* R Dravid 153 India New Zealand Hyderabad (Deccan)
April 13, 2001 Ghulam Ali 155* Sohail Jaffar 153* PIA A Dvlp Bank Sialkot
January 6, 2004 DJ Gandhi 151 N Haldipur 150 Bengal Assam Jamshedpur
April 29, 2007 AD Brown 176 JGE Benning 152 Surrey Gloucs The Oval
July 1, 2008 BB McCullum 166 JAH Marshall 161 New Zealand Ireland Aberdeen
July 31, 2014 C Munro 151 C de Grandhomme 151 NZ A Northants Northampton
October 17, 2014 MN van Wyk 175* CS Delport 169* Dolphins Knights Bloemfontein

 

Individual Scores of 150-plus by batsmen of both teams in a List-A match:

It was the seventh instance where at least one batsman from opposing teams played an individual innings of over 150 in a List-A match. The first such occasion occurred back in 1970 when Eddie Barlow and Graeme Pollock posted 186 and 169 respectively for their respective teams at Johannesburg. The next occasion was also at Johannesburg, but this time in an ODI, by Ricky Ponting and Herschelle Gibbs in the famous ‘434-game‘ 2006. The only other occasion in ODIs was by Charles Coventry and Tamim Iqbal in 2009.

Date Batsman 1 Runs 1 Team 1 Batsman 2 Runs 2 Team 2 Venue
Apr 4, 1970 EJ Barlow 186 Barlow’s XI RG Pollock 169 Pollock XI Johannesburg
Mar 12, 2006 RT Ponting 164 Australia HH Gibbs 175 South Africa Johannesburg
Feb 27, 2008 PR Shah 157* Baroda W Jaffer 178* Mumbai Poona
Sep 24, 2008 WU Tharanga 173* Sri Lanka A GH Bodi 153 Sth Africa A East London
Mar 24, 2009 Salman Butt 150* National Bnk Humayun Farhat 150 Habib Bank Faisalabad
Aug 16, 2009 CK Coventry 194* Zimbabwe Tamim Iqbal 154 Bangladesh Bulawayo
Oct 17, 2014 MN van Wyk/CS Delport 175*/169* Dolphins RR Hendricks 181 Knights Bloemfontein

 

Highest individual scores while chasing in a List-A match:

Reeza Hendricks’ 181 is the sixth-highest individual score while chasing in List-A cricket. Three of the top five have come in ODIs; by Shane Watson, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Around a year ago, David Warner smashed 197 runs in an Australian Domestic match, which is the highest in chases. Hendricks’ knock is second highest innings in a losing cause while chasing. James Bennings’ 189* is the highest in such a cause.

Runs Balls Batsman Team Opposition Venue Date Result
197 141 DA Warner NSW Victoria Sydney October 24, 2013 Won
189* 146 JGE Benning Surrey Gloucs Bristol June 18, 2006 Lost
185* 96 SR Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka April 11, 2011 Won
183* 145 MS Dhoni India  Sri Lanka Jaipur October 31, 2005 Won
183 148 V Kohli India  Pakistan Dhaka March 18, 2012 Won
181 135 RR Hendricks Knights  Dolphins Bloemfontein October 17, 2014 Lost

 

300-plus run partnerships in List-A Cricket:

The 367* run partnership between van Wyk and Delport is the highest partnership for any wicket in List-A cricket. It is the eighth 300-plus run partnership in List-A cricket. Below is the complete list.

Runs Wkt Partner 1 Partner 2 For Against Venue Date
367* 1 MM van Wyk CS Delport Dolphins Knights Bloemfontein Oct 17, 2014
326* 1 Ghulam Ali Sohail Jaffar PIA A Dvlp Bank Sialkot Apr 13, 2001
321 1 JA Raval JM How Central Districts Northern Districts Hamilton Mar 6, 2013
318 2 SC Ganguly R Dravid India Sri Lanka Taunton May 26, 1999
311 1 AJ Wright NJ Trainor Gloucs Scotland Bristol Jun 24, 1997
309* 3 TS Curtis TM Moody Worcs Surrey The Oval Aug 9, 1994
303* 3 A Barrow HR Fotheringham Natal S African XI Durban Oct 25, 1975
302 2 ME Trescothick C Kieswetter Somerset Gloucs Taunton Aug 23, 2008

 

Most 150-plus scores in List-A cricket:

The 175* run inning was Morne van Wyk’s fourth 150-plus run inning of his List-A career. Only Gordon Greenidge (6) and Sachin Tendulkar (5) have scored more 150-plus scores in List-A than van Wyk.

150-plus scores Batsman
6 CG Greenidge
5 SR Tendulkar
4 IAV Richards
4 ST Jayasuriya
4 AD Brown
4 AJ Strauss
4 MM van Wyk

(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)