Thanks to an outstanding 342-run opening stand between Michael Lumb (above) and Riki Wessels, Nottinghamshire piled up 445 for 8 © Getty Images (File Photo)
Thanks to an outstanding 342-run opening stand between Michael Lumb (above) and Riki Wessels, Nottinghamshire piled up 445 for 8 © Getty Images (File Photo)

Nottinghamshire’s Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels tore into a hapless Northamptonshire attack in North Group of Royal London One-Day Cup at Trent Bridge on Monday. Thanks to an outstanding 342-run opening stand between Lumb and Wessels, Nottinghamshire piled up 445 for 8 — the second-highest score in List A history. Riki, son of former Australian Test cricketer and South African captain Kepler Wessels, went first, for a phenomenal 97-ball 146 with 14 fours and 8 sixes. Lumb went next, for a 150-ball 184 that included 21 fours and 6 sixes. The pair added 342 in 39.2 overs (at 8.69 runs an over) — the second-highest opening partnership in the history of List A cricket. Nottinghamshire score 445 in 50 overs

Highest opening partnerships in List A cricket

Stand Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Team Against Venue Season
367* Morne van Wyk 175* Cameron Delport 169* Dolphins Knights Bloemfontein 2014-15
342 Michael Lumb 184 Riki Wessels 146 Nottinghamshire Northamptonshire Trent Bridge 2016
326* Ghulam Ali 155* Sohail Jaffar 153* PIA ADBP Sialkot 2000-01
321 Jeet Raval 115 Jamie How 222 Central Districts Northern Districts Hamilton 2012-13
311 Tony Wright 177 Nicholas Trainor 143 Gloucestershire Scotland Bristol 1997
297 Sajid Ali 171 Shahid Anwar 117* NBP Bahawalpur Karachi 1991-92
294 James Benning 152 Ali Brown 176 Surrey Gloucestershire The Oval 2007
286 Ian Ward 97 Ali Brown 268 Surrey Glamorgan The Oval 2002
286 Upul Tharanga 109 Sanath Jayasuriya 152 Sri Lanka England Headingley 2006
282 Upul Tharanga 133 Tillakaratne Dilshan 144 Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Pallekele 2010-11

Note:

– Sri Lanka and Surrey feature twice each on the list, albeit securing the bottom four slots.

– Interestingly, Jamie How and Ali Brown are the only ones with double-hundreds.

– Upul Tharanga and Brown feature twice each on the list.

– Ian Ward is the only one to not reach a hundred.

– Sri Lanka (against England) were batting second. They scored 323 for 2 in 37.3 overs.