The Varsity match, Fenner's June 29, 2005

Oberoi books his place in history

Cricinfo staff

Salil Oberoi, a 21-year-old Rhodes scholar who has played first-class cricket for Delhi, broke a 74-year-old record when he made 247 for Oxford University against Cambridge University at Fenner's.

Within half-an-hour of the restart Oberoi, who was 222 overnight, surpassed the Nawab of Pataudi Snr's 238 not out in 1931, the previous-highest in a Varsity match. He was eventually bowled by the slow left-armer Vikram Banerjee, for whom it was his first first-class wicket. Oberoi and Dan Fox, who made 184, added 408 for Oxford's third wicket.

Oxford eventually declared on 610 for 5, which eclipsed Cambridge's total of 604 in 2002 as the highest ever made in the 178-year-old fixture. Oxford's previous-best was 513 for 6 in 1996.