Unprecedentedtwo tons in a T20 innings

Ireland's Kevin O'Brien hit 119 off 52 balls and New Zealand's Hamish Marshall's scored 102 in 54 deliveries playing for Gloucestershire as they beat Middlesex by 145 runs at Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground.
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Updated on Jun 28, 2011 01:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

It was for the first time on Sunday that two centuries were scored in an innings in a Twenty 20 game. Ireland's Kevin O'Brien hit 119 off 52 balls and New Zealand's Hamish Marshall's scored 102 in 54 deliveries playing for Gloucestershire as they beat Middlesex by 145 runs at Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground. It was only the second time when two hundreds were scored in a Twenty-20 match.

This earlier happened in the match between Worcestershire and Northamptonshire at Kidderminster on June 29, 2007. Both teams had a centurion each. Batting first Gloucestershire racked up 254 for three in 20 overs against a toothless Middlesex attack beating the 250 for three in 20 recorded by Somerset, against Gloucestershire, at Taunton on June 27 2006.

They were also only four runs away from equalling the world record set by Sri Lanka against Kenya at Johannesburg during the the 2007 T20 World Cup. Kevin, whose previous best in domestic T20 cricket was an unbeaten 39 revived memories of his thrilling 113 against England in this year's World Cup as the 27-year-old Irishman completed his 100 runs off 44 ballas.

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