James Tull; Photo courtesy: Cricket Australia
James Tull; Photo courtesy: Cricket Australia

Oct 16, 2014

James Tull, an Australian club cricketer, broke the 300-run barrier in a 44-over match when he scored a mind-numbing 341. His team, Mater Hill, scored a colossal 457 for five in just 44 overs en route to a 225-run win against opponents Silent Assassins. Tull was dismissed in the 42nd over of the match after opening the innings.


 

 


According to cricket.com.au, Tull’s tremendous knock included as many as 25 sixes and 34 hits to the fence. He was involved in a 212-run partnership with Troy Dean for the fifth wicket. Dean’s contribution to this was merely 36 runs. Incidentally, Dean was also the second-highest scorer of the innings.

While the One-Day International (ODI) barrier of 200 runs was breached by legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar against South Africa in 2010, his record has since been broken twice; both times by a fellow Indian. Virender Sehwag had scored 219 against West Indies — still the highest score by a male in ODIs — while Rohit Sharma scored 209 against Australia in 2013. However, Tull’s knock is almost 140 runs clear of the three Indian batting superstars.