Supersport Series March 25, 2010

Rilee Rossouw enters record books with triple ton

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Rilee Rossouw, the 20-year-old Eagles batsman, notched a place in the record books with the fastest triple century in South Africa domestic cricket as he hit 319 off 291 balls on the opening day of the Supersport series match against Titans at Centurion.

His 300 came up off 276 balls and in total he collected 47 fours and eight sixes during his innings. Rossouw's epic was part of a second-wicket stand of 480 in 84 overs with Dean Elgar (156 not out), a South African record for any wicket beating the 441 that Carl Bradfield and James Bryant compiled, also for the second wicket, for Eastern Province against North West in the 2002-3 season. It was the third-highest second-wicket partnership anywhere in the world.

Rossouw's 319 was also the second-highest number of runs scored by a South African in a day's play, six behind Barry Richards' 325 for South Australia against Western Australia but Rossouw's was the most in South African domestic cricket.

Rossouw and Elgar both passed 1000 runs for the current campaign. For Rossouw it continued a golden run of form in the late season after he last week hit 123 against Warriors while sharing a second-wicket stand of 246 with Reeza Hendrinks.

Rossouw is the second batsman to make a domestic triple century this season after Stephen Cook's 390 for Lions against Warriors.