February 19, 2001

Garrick & Gayle's 425-run stand

Leon Garrick and Chris Gayle carved their names into the record books on Sunday with the first quadruple-century opening partnership in West Indian first-class history.

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The Jamaican pair put together 425 runs without losing their wickets before their side's second innings declaration came, against West Indies B on day three of their Busta Cup clash at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay.

Twenty-one year-old left-hander Gayle was the more aggressive of the two, scoring his 208 not out from 336 deliveries, including 19 fours. Garrick, a 24 year-old right-hander, reached exactly 200 not out from 386 balls, although he struck 21 fours along the way.

As soon as Garrick reached his double-ton, shortly after tea on Sunday, Jamaican captain Robert Samuels applied the declaration, leaving West Indies B a target of 371 for victory.

At stumps the composite side was 71 for 3.

It was a partnership which began midway through Saturday afternoon and had yielded 152 runs before stumps on the second day of this four-day match. Shortly before lunch on Sunday morning they claimed the first-wicket record for Jamaica, previously held by Allan Rae and Easton McMorris, who put on 258 against Trinidad and Tobago in 1959.

At 390, they caught up with the West Indian first-class record for all regional teams for the first wicket, achieved by Leslie Wight and Glendon Gibbs for British Guiana (now Guyana) against Barbados at the Bourda Ground, Georgetown in 1951.

Garrick and Gayle now share the twelfth largest opening partnership in the history of first-class cricket, the world record of 561 set by Waheed Mirza and Mansoor Akhtar for Karachi Whites and Quetta in the 1976-77 season.