Darren Stevens double-century: The veteran right-hand batsman scored an epic quickfire double century in Headingley.
During the ongoing County Championship Division One match between Yorkshire and Kent at Leeds, 43-year old Kent batsman Darren Stevens has become the oldest batsman since 1950 to score a First-class double century.
In what will go down as his 34th First-class hundred, Stevens scored at a brisk pace throughout the innings. Him scoring his third double-century at a strike rate of 100 speaks highly about his domination over the hosts’ bowling attack today.
It is worth mentioning that Stevens had come in to bat at No. 7 in only the 11th over. Kent captain Sam Billings and Stevens stitched a potentially match-winning 346-run partnership for the sixth wicket to change the course of the match. The partnership is the best ever stand for Kent for sixth wicket and fifth-best for any wicket.
Before getting out in the 75th over off spinner Ajaz Patel, Stevens ended up scoring his career-best score of 237 (225) with the help of 28 fours and nine sixes. The video of his innings has been uploaded on the official Twitter account of County Championship and is the testament to his treatment of all the opposition bowlers.
Other than Stevens, 28-year old Billings also crossed the three-figure mark for the fifth time in his career. Having steered his team on the better side of 400 runs on Day 1, Billings is in a situation to register a formidable total.
Darren Stevens double-century:
200 not out from 201 deliveries for the legendary Darren Stevens! pic.twitter.com/MG0A0np7u1
— County Championship (@CountyChamp) September 16, 2019
How Twitter reacted:
2⃣0⃣0⃣ | Speechless. Absolutely speechless.
What an innings from @Stevo208!!!
🔴 202 balls
4⃣ 24 fours
6⃣ Seven sixes
💥 99.09 strike rate
— Kent Cricket (@KentCricket) September 16, 2019
CRICKET Kent’s Darren Stevens applauded off at tea as they go in at 316-5.
— BBC Radio Kent Sport (@BBCKentSport) September 16, 2019
Darren Stevens @Stevo208 is out for 237 for Kent at Headingley. Stevo’s third double century, and his career best. An astonishing innings.
The partnership with Sam Billings was 346. The 5th highest ever partnership for Kent for any wicket, and the best ever for the 6th wicket. pic.twitter.com/jNA5UE4Zum
— Martin Shaw (@shawma1) September 16, 2019
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) September 16, 2019
I have two words……,Darren Stevens.
— Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) September 16, 2019
World Cup, Ashes, Smith, Stokes – you’ve all been overshadowed by the moment of the cricketing summer… Kent’s Darren Stevens, aged 43, becomes the oldest player to hit a first-class double-hundred since Walter Keeton in 1949.
— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) September 16, 2019
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