42 years and 7 days: Darren Stevens becomes oldest double centurion in first-class cricket since Walter Keeton in 1949


Kent's Darren Stevens, at 42 years and 7 days, created history on Monday becoming the oldest double-centurion in first-class cricket since Walter Keeton in 1949. The veteran right-hand batsman scored an epic quickfire double century in Headingley against Yorkshire in the Division 1 encounter of the County Championship.

Stevens walked out to bat when Kent were reduced to 39/5 against Yorkshire in Headingley. From thereon, it was Kent who dominated the proceedings as Stevens and skipper Sam Billings added 346 runs.

Stevens scored 237 off 224 balls, hitting 28 fours and nine sixes, and surpassed his previous best score of 208 against Glamorgan 14 years ago which helped Kent turned the tables on Yorkshire.

Stevens and Billings also registered the highest partnership for the sixth wicket in the history of Kent cricket, surpassing the previous 315-run record stand by Aravinda de Silva and Mark Ealham in 1995 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The 346-run partnership between Stevens and Billings also became the highest partnership at Headingley.

Stevens had his share of luck as he was dropped twice, first when he was on 149 and then on 156. He made the most of his luck completing a double ton. While Billings scored his second ton in as many games, this was Stevens' first hundred since 2017.

Stevens, who was unlikely to be retained at Kent till a few days ago, is enjoying a fine run of form, forcing the clubt to possibly make a u-turn on their decision. The veteran, who scored a record double ton, had scalped ten wickets - two five-wicket hauls - against Nottinghamshire during Kent's last game..