English cricket April 19, 2015

Liam Livingstone: 350 off 138 balls

Liam Livingstone, a 21-year-old Lancashire batsman who has yet to make his first-team debut, produced a phenomenal display for his club side, Nantwich CC in Cheshire, when he smashed 350 off 138 balls

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'Wanted to break records for my team' - Livingstone

Liam Livingstone, a 21-year-old Lancashire batsman who has yet to make his first-team debut, produced a phenomenal display for his club side, Nantwich CC in Cheshire, when he smashed 350 off 138 balls.

*Initial suggestions were that his innings could be a record for a recorded one-day match, but through the power of social media larger innings were soon being thrown forth, including a 381 from a match in Otago, New Zealand and a 358 scored in 2011.

Still, Livingstone's was a stunning display which included 34 fours and 27 sixes as he flayed the bowlers of Caldy around the Whitehouse Lane ground during the first round fixture in the Royal London Club Championship. His innings led Nantwich to a monumental 579 for 7 in their 45 overs.

Livingstone, born in Barrow-in-Furness, is on the professional staff at Old Trafford but so far has been limited to 2nd XI cricket - he finished 2014 with 204 against Yorkshire 2nd XI. In 2013, he struck a 47-ball hundred, also against Yorkshire, in a 2nd XI Twenty20 fixture.

Following the innings, which gained significant interest on social media, Livingstone tweeted: "Had worse days... Thanks for all the messages #350."

Unsurprisingly, Caldy did not get close to their target, ending on 79 for 9 - the 500-run margin of defeat likely to be another record.

It is not the first time in recent years a Lancashire cricketer not in the first team has made the headlines. In 2013, allrounder Jordan Clark struck six sixes in an over against Yorkshire 2nd XI although, unlike Livingstone, he had already played T20 and one-day cricket.

Andrew McGlashan is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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