Glamorgan batter Sam Northeast scripted history on Saturday, July 23 in the County Championship Division two game against Leicestershire. He entered an exclusive group of players comprising Brian Laran, Graeme Hick, and AC MacLaren to score 400 runs in an innings in first-class cricket. The 32-year-old slammed 410 not out in the first innings for Glamorgan off just 447 balls.
Sam Northeast did not get a chance to challenge Brian Lara’s world record of 501 runs, as Glamorgan declared the innings on 795/5. Lara had achieved the feat in 1994 playing for the Warwickshire. Northeast came out to bat at a time when his team was reeling at 9/2 in around six overs. However, he steadied the ship for Glamorgan with a 306 runs stand with South Africa’s Colin Ingram, who also slammed a century.
After Ingram’s wicket, the team lost two more wickets in quick succession. However, Glamorgan again managed to put on a huge partnership. Chris Cooke joined Northeast at the crease and the two together scored 461 runs taking Glamorgan’s total to a huge 795, before declaring the innings. Cooke remained unbeaten on 191 but couldn’t get a chance to reach a double-hundred.
Sam Northeast becomes the first Glamorgan player ever to reach 4⃣0⃣0⃣ 👏
𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥. It also brings up the 450 partnership! 🤯
𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲: https://t.co/F3GGp6mm3i#LEIvGLAM | #GoGlam pic.twitter.com/DFrFk15QUW
— Glamorgan Cricket 🏏 (@GlamCricket) July 23, 2022
Earlier in the match, Leicestershire scored 584 runs in the first innings. At Tea, they are 118 for three wickets, with Wiaan Mulder and Colin Ackermann at the crease in the second innings. The Callum Parkinson-led team is trailing by 93 runs.
Meanwhile, Sam Northeast became the fourth batter to score 400 plus score after Brian Lara, Archie MacLaren (424) in 1895, and Graeme Hick (405) in 1988. He also became the ninth batter overall to reach the 400-run mark in a first-class inning. The Glamorgan batter has scored over 11000 runs in first-class cricket, including 27 centuries.
Let’s take a look at how Twitter reacted to Sam Northeast’s marathon knock:
Taking to Twitter, Kaustubh Gudipati informed that Sam Northeast became the first T20 cricketer to score 400 plus runs in an innings in first-class cricket.
Sam Northeast becomes the first T20 cricketer to score a quadruple century in first-class cricket.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) July 23, 2022
Sam Northeast becomes the first player to reach 400 in a first-class innings since Brian Lara's 400* 🙌 #countycricket
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 23, 2022
Please tell me Sam NorthEast is going afte Lara's 501* first class record #CountyCricket how many more sixes?
— Riaan Ferreira (@Riaanf31) July 23, 2022
Back to back sixes is the way to break records. Sam Northeast makes 410* – to knock Graeme Hick's legendary 405 into 10th spot. First quadruple century in English cricket of the 21st century 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
— Dean Wilson (@CricketMirror) July 23, 2022
The moment Sam Northeast went to 400, with a six.
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) July 23, 2022
410* for Sam Northeast, that’s some knock that
— Liam Spicer (@Spicer_Liam) July 23, 2022
Ninth highest FC score ever for Sam Northeast. Wow. As Mr Benaud would have said… some effort, that
— Kevin Framp (@BigKev67) July 23, 2022
All these years of hardwork being one of the bright English prospects plying his trade in @KentCricket @hantscricket @GlamCricket #Northeast finally has his name in the record books.
Has been a classy cricketer, skipper in the county circuit. #samnortheast
— Ashish Gupta (@aapka_aasheesh) July 23, 2022
Unbelievable from Sam Northeast. Unbeaten on a marathon 410. Scores like this are as rare as it gets in FC cricket. 👏🏻 https://t.co/uAE0OqIYvg
— Sean Wilson (@WilsonFC2012) July 23, 2022
Waiting for Sam Northeast to break Lara’s record like… https://t.co/bJZAZtCz47 pic.twitter.com/zX92yJkvek
— Jason Freeman (@JSNFRMN) July 23, 2022
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