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New English Test captain Ben Stokes smashes many records in his Durham comeback

The 30-year-old all-rounder Ben Stokes, the newly appointed English Test captain, has already smashed some big records with his powerful batting for Durham.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 11.05.2022
New English Test captain Ben Stokes smashes many records in his Durham comeback

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People say captaincy tests your true ability to handle the pressure on and off the field. The 30-year-old all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has recently been selected as the new Test captain of the England cricket team, is playing his first competitive game after accepting the new role in the English Test team, where he has already smashed some big records with his powerful batting.

Durham are currently busy in the ongoing season of the County Championship Division Two where they are playing against the hosts Worcestershire from 5th May. After Durham chose to bat first, they managed to score 580/6 (declare) in the first innings.

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Ben Stokes came to bat in his Durham comeback in just the third over of the second day of the ongoing first-class match. While the left-handed batter completed his first fifty in the game in 47 deliveries, he reached the 100 in just 64 balls. After hitting five consecutive sixes and one four in an over to complete his 20th first-class century, Stokes stretched his batting to 161 runs off only 88 balls with the help of 8 fours and county record-breaking 17 sixes.

Ben Stokes smashed 6,6,6,6,6,4 runs in an over

It was the 117th over when Stokes smashed 34 runs in an over of the 18-year-old Worcestershire’s left-arm spinner Josh Baker. Stokes began that over with his score of 70 runs in 59 balls. The left-handed batter smashed five sixes in a row to complete his century in just 64 balls. While he was very close to becoming the third ever batter to hit six sixes in an over in first-class cricket history (after Sir Garry Sobers and Ravi Shastri), he ended that over with a four.


Batter with the most runs in an over in first-class cricket history

Player (Team)

Runs scored in an over (Ball-by-ball scores)*

Bowler (Team)

Venue

Season

Sir Garry Sobers (Nottinghamshire)

36 (6,6,6,6,6,6)

Malcolm Nash (Glamorgan)

Swansea

1968

Ravi Shastri (Bombay)

36 (6,6,6,6,6,6)

Tilak Raj (Baroda)

Bombay

1984/85

Ted Alletson (Nottinghamshire)

34 (4,6,6,0, 4,4,4,6)

Ernest Killick (Sussex)

Hove

1911

Frank Hayes (Lancashire)

34 (6, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6)

Malcolm Nash (Glamorgan)

Swansea

1977

Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire)

34 (6, 4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 0)

Alex Tudor (Surrey)

Manchester

1998

Craig Spearman (Gloucestershire)

34 (6, 6, 6, 6, 4, 6)

Stephen Moreton (Oxford UCCE)

Oxford

2005

Ben Stokes (Durham)

34 (6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 4)

Josh Baker (Worcestershire)

Worcester

2022

(Special Notes: 1. All instances were only six-ball overs

2. Runs scored in an over (Ball-by-ball scores) – The more than six balls overs were counted with the extras, which detailed information hasn’t been given here.

3. These stats excluded contrived instances according to espncricinfo.com)

 

Ben Stokes’ record sixes in County Championship history

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes’ 17 sixes are the new record in County Championship history. Breaking the previous record of 16 sixes each by Andrew Symonds (Gloucestershire) and Graham Napier (Essex), Stokes is now the new record holder of most sixes in an innings in the County Championship history.


Most sixes in an innings in County Championship history

Player (Team)

Number of sixes in an innings

Opposition

Venue

Season

Ben Stokes (Durham)

17

Worcestershire

Worcester

2022

Andrew Symonds (Gloucestershire)

16

Glamorgan

Abergavenny

1995

Graham Napier (Essex)

16

Surrey

Croydon

2011

Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)

15

Leicestershire

Kennington

2015

Aneurin Donald (Glamorgan)

15

Derbyshire

Colwyn Bay

2016

Darren Stevens                           (Kent)

15

Glamorgan

Canterbury

2021

 

However, Stokes is currently in the joint fifth position in the list of most sixes in a first-class innings. 


Most sixes in an innings in first-class cricket

Player (Team)

Number of sixes in an innings

Opposition

Venue

Season

Colin Munro (Auckland)

23

Central Districts

Napier

2014/15

Shafiqullah Shinwari (Kabul Region)

22

Boost Region

Kunar

2017/18

Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Burgher Recreation Club )

19

Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club

Colombo (Moors)

2018/19

Najeeb Tarakai (Speen Ghar Region)

19

Mis Ainak Region

Kunar

2018/19

Oshada Fernando (Chilaw Marians Cricket Club)

17

Colts Cricket Club

Colombo (NCC)

2018/19

Ben Stokes (Durham)

17

Worcestershire

Worcester

2022

Andrew Symonds (Gloucestershire)

16

Glamorgan

Abergavenny

1995

Graham Napier (Essex)

16

Surrey

Croydon

2011

Jesse Ryder (New Zealanders)

16

Australia A

Brisbane

2011/12

Muktar Ali (Rajshahi Division)

16

Chittagong Division

Savar (3)

2013/14

 

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