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40 sixes! Australian club cricketer pummels Viv Richards’ 1984 ODI record

Josh Dunstan smashed a whirlwind triple hundred as the Australian club cricketer scored almost 87 per cent of his team total score

cricket Updated: Oct 16, 2017 14:40 IST
Sarthak Bal
Sarthak Bal
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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West Augusta B Grade batsman Josh Dunstan scored 307 in a 35-overs-a-side cricket match against Central Stirling in a match in Australia.(Twitter)

Talk about carrying your team on your shoulders, because that is exactly what West Augusta B Grade batsman Josh Dunstan did. In a game hosted by the Port Augusta Cricket Association, Dunstan hit a whopping 307 in a 35 over game against Central Stirling. Port Augusta is a port city in South Australia.

The high point of his innings was not just his mammoth total, but the 40 sixes he hit and the fact that his score was 86.72 per cent of his team’s total of 354.

Josh Dunstan smacked 307 runs off 30 overs including 40 sixes. (Facebook)

To highlight the enormity of his feat, Viv Richard’s ODI record for the highest percentage of runs in an innings, a record that has stood for 33 years is now shattered. The West Indies legend hit 189 not out in 9-272, an innings display that stood for 69.48 per cent of his team’s total against England at Old Trafford in 1984.

What makes Josh Dunstan’s innings even more praiseworthy is the fact that five of his teammates fell for ducks. The second highest score was 18 not out with Dunstan coming in at 1-10 and scoring 307 of the 318 runs that followed.

Josh Dunstan did manage to find a partner in second top scorer Ben Russell. The pair went on to register 203-run partnership for the seventh wicket and Russell’s contribution was five runs.

Surely his jaw dropping innings has earned Dunstan some rest but more importantly it has put him in contention with Viv Richards.

First Published: Oct 16, 2017 11:57 IST