Canada July 13, 2007

Player smashes 304 in domestic 50-over match

ESPNcricinfo staff
By Eddie Norfolk
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By Eddie Norfolk

Irfan Rabbani scored 304 from a 50-over total of 438 for 5 to help his Appolo team romped to a 227-run win over United XI in Toronto's First Division last weekend. This is the highest individual score in Canadian domestic cricket, overhauling the 280 scored by Canadian international player Don Maxwell when with York University.

Rabbani hit 48 boundaries and six sixes. He took part in stands of 120 for the second wicket, 155 for the third and 118 for the fourth. Naveed Tariq was next highest scorer with 57 runs. Rabbani was eventually bowled by Khayan Raja.

This feat is timely, as the fallen record comes on the eve of the second Canadian Colleges and Universities cricket tournament. This year's event has a 20/20 format and includes ten teams, who will be playing at Maple Leaf CC, King City, Ontario between Monday July 16 and Friday July 20.

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  • James park on February 11, 2009, 1:20 GMT

    I never heard of this guy. I doubt any news paper cover this in canadian media, and because neither cricket authorities really give attentsion to such small feat nor media is interested this innings as per my thinking was good for his team but not really that special that it should be on crickinfo.

  • fan of cricket on September 16, 2008, 14:26 GMT

    congrats!!!this is an amazing acheivement in any cricket!remember,takes only 1 ball to get out! Bermuda also has a prolific left handed batsman by the name of glenn blakeney who scored an amazing score of 303 not out in the bermuda premiere league against the #2 team in the league at that time.This was done at the picturesque ground of what they call the"LORDS" of Bermuda which is no easy feat!Just wonder why Bermuda cricket board have not recorded this feat ? nevertheless,well done to you both!!

  • Kumaran on January 2, 2008, 21:01 GMT

    I saw this match. It was dominating and very controlled innings though I thought this guy will get attention from local cricket authorities which he never got as I expected.

  • heusus on December 30, 2007, 5:10 GMT

    Ohh my Lord

  • adnanali on September 20, 2007, 19:45 GMT

    Good score , hei where is canada in 20 20 world cup? This irfan guy, does he play for canada Team?

  • Aisha Jilwar on August 29, 2007, 19:07 GMT

    Thats good news, hope to see exciting cricket from Canada at International level as well.

  • Ali header on August 20, 2007, 15:08 GMT

    Thats lot of wood man lot of wood. I am sure both sides must have enjoyed this game.By the way which level of cricket match this was in Canadian sector?

  • jamal kawasi on August 15, 2007, 20:20 GMT

    Hmmm sounds good, but did any one in this blog saw this inning?

  • Ahmad Khan on August 9, 2007, 15:42 GMT

    I am not sure how good cricket is in Canada, because most of Canadian Cricket Team players to me look like Actors from South Indian Movies who need to work hard on their fitness, but 304 for sure is not a joke.

  • Ashley Jones on August 7, 2007, 21:14 GMT

    Wow...great score, but seriously was there any fielder in ground....lol

  • James park on February 11, 2009, 1:20 GMT

    I never heard of this guy. I doubt any news paper cover this in canadian media, and because neither cricket authorities really give attentsion to such small feat nor media is interested this innings as per my thinking was good for his team but not really that special that it should be on crickinfo.

  • fan of cricket on September 16, 2008, 14:26 GMT

    congrats!!!this is an amazing acheivement in any cricket!remember,takes only 1 ball to get out! Bermuda also has a prolific left handed batsman by the name of glenn blakeney who scored an amazing score of 303 not out in the bermuda premiere league against the #2 team in the league at that time.This was done at the picturesque ground of what they call the"LORDS" of Bermuda which is no easy feat!Just wonder why Bermuda cricket board have not recorded this feat ? nevertheless,well done to you both!!

  • Kumaran on January 2, 2008, 21:01 GMT

    I saw this match. It was dominating and very controlled innings though I thought this guy will get attention from local cricket authorities which he never got as I expected.

  • heusus on December 30, 2007, 5:10 GMT

    Ohh my Lord

  • adnanali on September 20, 2007, 19:45 GMT

    Good score , hei where is canada in 20 20 world cup? This irfan guy, does he play for canada Team?

  • Aisha Jilwar on August 29, 2007, 19:07 GMT

    Thats good news, hope to see exciting cricket from Canada at International level as well.

  • Ali header on August 20, 2007, 15:08 GMT

    Thats lot of wood man lot of wood. I am sure both sides must have enjoyed this game.By the way which level of cricket match this was in Canadian sector?

  • jamal kawasi on August 15, 2007, 20:20 GMT

    Hmmm sounds good, but did any one in this blog saw this inning?

  • Ahmad Khan on August 9, 2007, 15:42 GMT

    I am not sure how good cricket is in Canada, because most of Canadian Cricket Team players to me look like Actors from South Indian Movies who need to work hard on their fitness, but 304 for sure is not a joke.

  • Ashley Jones on August 7, 2007, 21:14 GMT

    Wow...great score, but seriously was there any fielder in ground....lol

  • Mark Anthony on July 31, 2007, 1:35 GMT

    Well i must say that scoring 300 is a big thing... it's not easy to stay there and play the whole 50 overs, but you must understand that the Canadian Commonwealth Cricket Association of Toronto is that worst league in Toronto. The boundary lines are not set, only estimation. Most of all, their umpires are even worst. You can see the comments on the umpire on the match review. http://www.cricketstar.net/ccat/index.jsp?form=matchrev&r=matchrev&game_number=506&season_id=2007 There has been been more than ONE UMPIRE. It's always one umpire for the whole 50 overs.

  • James Aboloua on July 31, 2007, 1:32 GMT

    Hi , I am from Toronto & I am surprised this innings got coverage on Cricinfo blog but not a single line in local media.....that shows how strong is Cricket community and its future in Canada....Sad very Sad.

  • Nadeem on July 27, 2007, 5:35 GMT

    i play on the same team as Irfan bhai fortunately .. i have a feeling , he doesnt really like me though lol ..but i missed that innings... wasnt playing that day.. damn

  • Nick on July 25, 2007, 13:02 GMT

    I think that 304 is an excellent achievement, but im very disappointed that our (canada's) level of interest in cricket is so limited. maybe this feller could spark some interest? or is this naive of me to think that cricket will ever take off in the great land of canada, and will always play a second fiddle to baseball, gridiron, etc?

  • Mark Handres on July 24, 2007, 16:53 GMT

    In Cricket it’s all about the character a Cricketer shows on field. As Batsman, bowler or fielder if you are not enjoying the game, or your opponent are not fighting hard to get you out, then the charm is only one sided. From Comments of this Mr, "Unknown" it seems like the other side had lost their heart in game. So far 300 is concern yep it sounds very disturbing if I am a scorer....lol …and very insulting if I am in opposite team playing against Irfan.....will see what this dude will bring in near future matches. ....Hi can anyone please post the Direct link to this league's site where I can check Irfan's scores.

  • Zia on July 24, 2007, 16:27 GMT

    Irfan has been congratulated by President of Canadian Cricket Board for this landmark. We look forward for to see his other tonnes in future. Good Luck Irfan.

  • Nasir Dar on July 24, 2007, 15:33 GMT

    I anybody says to make a 100, 200, or 300 runs is a joke,^[doesnt matter what kind of cricket], his knowledge for cricket is zero. I made some fifties on college as a opner,I know to make 300runs in any type of cricket is marvellous. well done Irfan.

  • Rob Newstead on July 23, 2007, 19:41 GMT

    Wow Ranjit Ratnayake - Your standards must be pretty high when you say "no individual player was able to take command of the game completely " I guess 175 by Gibbs, 164 by Ponting and 92 by Smith" is not "taking control" in your eyes. Although I agree 304 is an awesome feat in ANY type of cricket, you cannot ever compare the T & D to a ODI between 2 of the top cricket nations.

  • unknown on July 23, 2007, 19:04 GMT

    i know he made 304 but if u get ten or more chances obviously you will make this much score. but the ground tell u the truth its really fast outfield let c how he play against us next week.

  • Haris Naqvi on July 21, 2007, 3:23 GMT

    our league is called the commonweath cricket asociasion on toronto

  • Haris Naqvi on July 21, 2007, 3:20 GMT

    I play in this division. we are the stallions. we played agaisnt apollo. but the guy didnt play with us. but we have another match comming up with them. im looking forward to see how he plays. coz il be stading behind the wicket wen he bats so it should be interesting. but they didnt look such a great team to us. we are still #1 in the divsion and last years champs .. so we can take on any one!!!

  • Naeem Pyara on July 21, 2007, 1:15 GMT

    Well that's some wicked score. I've never heard someone makin a 100 in Canada. This guy should get a chance to play some good cricket...

  • Ali on July 20, 2007, 20:30 GMT

    I am not aware of any such news from Pakistan Board, otherwise it must have been in Pakistani News papers. So far I know the last comments from Zia sounds Bogus. Lets stay on the point and congratulate this fellow on this event no matter how big or small it is.

  • Zia on July 20, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    This guy works in my office and I can assure that he has tremendous talent. Pakistan cricket board has actually approached him for signing a new contract. He may become a future star at international level.

  • Lester on July 20, 2007, 4:53 GMT

    It takes lot of patience, time and stamina to stay on pitch to make 304 runs at any level of cricket. I would like to see who is this guy.

  • Ranjit Ratnayake on July 19, 2007, 17:29 GMT

    Irfan Rabbani's score of 304 is a very creditable achievement at any level of cricket, as it is played by gentlemen and women who are dedicated to playing the game the way it is set out in the Rules of Cricket, upholding the game at a high level and as an individual feeling great pride to be at the middle pitting with pride ones individual talents against those of the opponents.

    Australia went to South Africa, at at one of the one-dayers both teams scored over 400 runs each, but no individual player was able to take command of the game completely or even score as much Irfan Rabbani did (304).

    I think Irfan Rabbani is a good batsmen and he requires the cricketing world and the cricket enthusiasts' goodwill and encouragement. And Irfan also needs to acquire a strong sports character just as his cricketing strength. If not knockers and the jealous, can pull him down.

    Irfan Rabbani! Just press on regardless.

    Ranjit R of Down Under

  • Faseeh on July 18, 2007, 20:26 GMT

    well i dont know how good is Scarborough league but in my mind you have to perform in TnD to get anywhere in Canadian cricket as it is the best and largest league in North america.

  • Raj on July 18, 2007, 12:49 GMT

    I agree with Billa, 304 runs is not a matter of joke

  • Addy on July 18, 2007, 3:22 GMT

    How many Canadian international player have scored a half century even in Scarborough league. I played for a club with all superstars and they couldn't go and make even single 50 but they are playing in Canada cricket. Politics. I think this guy should be given a chance in international cricket.

  • Faseeh on July 17, 2007, 22:30 GMT

    I play in canada and by the looks of most grounds, with the exception of a few, don't have good outfield and scoring even a 100 looks like a feat to me. looks to me like he still ran 100 runs which takes quite a bit of fitness.

    Also these teams dont play in TDCA so they don't get to play at good/international quality grounds.

  • Kiri on July 17, 2007, 21:22 GMT

    Irfan Rabbani is a very good allrounder...

  • billa on July 17, 2007, 15:07 GMT

    Rory..that may be true but scoring 304 still takes some doing no matter what kind of bowlers..and cricketers in Canada ain't as bad as people like to think.

  • Rory on July 17, 2007, 7:46 GMT

    Obviously some high quality bowling there.. What a joke. What an embarrassment.

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  • Rory on July 17, 2007, 7:46 GMT

    Obviously some high quality bowling there.. What a joke. What an embarrassment.

  • billa on July 17, 2007, 15:07 GMT

    Rory..that may be true but scoring 304 still takes some doing no matter what kind of bowlers..and cricketers in Canada ain't as bad as people like to think.

  • Kiri on July 17, 2007, 21:22 GMT

    Irfan Rabbani is a very good allrounder...

  • Faseeh on July 17, 2007, 22:30 GMT

    I play in canada and by the looks of most grounds, with the exception of a few, don't have good outfield and scoring even a 100 looks like a feat to me. looks to me like he still ran 100 runs which takes quite a bit of fitness.

    Also these teams dont play in TDCA so they don't get to play at good/international quality grounds.

  • Addy on July 18, 2007, 3:22 GMT

    How many Canadian international player have scored a half century even in Scarborough league. I played for a club with all superstars and they couldn't go and make even single 50 but they are playing in Canada cricket. Politics. I think this guy should be given a chance in international cricket.

  • Raj on July 18, 2007, 12:49 GMT

    I agree with Billa, 304 runs is not a matter of joke

  • Faseeh on July 18, 2007, 20:26 GMT

    well i dont know how good is Scarborough league but in my mind you have to perform in TnD to get anywhere in Canadian cricket as it is the best and largest league in North america.

  • Ranjit Ratnayake on July 19, 2007, 17:29 GMT

    Irfan Rabbani's score of 304 is a very creditable achievement at any level of cricket, as it is played by gentlemen and women who are dedicated to playing the game the way it is set out in the Rules of Cricket, upholding the game at a high level and as an individual feeling great pride to be at the middle pitting with pride ones individual talents against those of the opponents.

    Australia went to South Africa, at at one of the one-dayers both teams scored over 400 runs each, but no individual player was able to take command of the game completely or even score as much Irfan Rabbani did (304).

    I think Irfan Rabbani is a good batsmen and he requires the cricketing world and the cricket enthusiasts' goodwill and encouragement. And Irfan also needs to acquire a strong sports character just as his cricketing strength. If not knockers and the jealous, can pull him down.

    Irfan Rabbani! Just press on regardless.

    Ranjit R of Down Under

  • Lester on July 20, 2007, 4:53 GMT

    It takes lot of patience, time and stamina to stay on pitch to make 304 runs at any level of cricket. I would like to see who is this guy.

  • Zia on July 20, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    This guy works in my office and I can assure that he has tremendous talent. Pakistan cricket board has actually approached him for signing a new contract. He may become a future star at international level.