Darren Stevens becomes oldest double centurion in first-class cricket

Darren Stevens, the Kent batsman has become the oldest double centurion in first class cricket when he hit 237 runs against Yorkshire in the Division 1 encounter of the County Championship in Headingley.

Darren Stevens becomes oldest double centurion in first-class cricket
Darren Stevens batting for Kent. Photo: BBC

He is now 42 years and 7 days old thus beat the previous oldest double centurion Walter Keeton.

Stevens scored his double ton in less than run a ball equation. His 237 came from 224 balls, adorned by 28 fours and nine sixes. He beat his previous best score of 208 against Glamorgan 14 years ago. It was the fourth double hundred of Stevens’ first class career.

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Having been dropped twice in his innings, the first by South Africa’s Duanne Olivier on 149 and then by Tim Bresnan on 156, Stevens was eventually caught at deep mid-wicket off New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel (1-119) by 17-year-old Matthew Revis.

The veteran right hander came to bat when Kent fall into a disaster losing 5 wickets at the score of just 39. From that situation, Stevens built an incredible 346 runs partnership with Sam Billings.

It was the highest partnership record for the sixth wicket in the history of Kent cricket. The previous best was done by Aravinda de Silva and Mark Ealham in 1995 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge when the duo stood for 315 runs.

The 346-run partnership between Stevens and Billings also became the highest partnership at Headingley.

All-rounder Stevens is set to leave the county after fifteen years following next week’s game against Hampshire but Kent’s head coach Matt Walker said, after the epic ton, that they are expecting a change of decision on part of Stevens now.

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