June 16, 2010

South African cricket

Jon-Jon Smuts breaks club batting record

Liam Brickhill

Jon-Jon Smuts, the Warriors and South Africa Under-19 batsman who was recently named in the South Africa Emerging Players squad to tour Australia next month, has broken a club record with an innings of 177 for Chorley, playing against Carnforth at Lodge Quarry in the United Kingdom, according to a report on the ECB’s webpage.

His innings eclipsed the previous best – 151 by Bob Yardley in 1978 – as the club’s highest individual score in the Northern League. After reaching his hundred in the 46th over of a 50-over game, Smuts went on the rampage, collecting 77 runs off 22 balls including ten sixes and three fours to set up a total of 278 for 6.

Carnforth bowlers Darren Nelson and John Denwood finished with the unsightly figures of 4 for 122 and 1 for 133, respectively, and the club then crashed to 139 all out in reply.

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