TASMANIAN opener Ben Dunk has scored the first ever double century in Australian domestic one-day cricket as a range of landmarks were set by the Tasmanians in their imposing tally of 1-398 against Queensland.
Ben Dunk eventually managed to stay 229 not out, setting a new highscore in the 46-year history of the Australian cup competition, and as a result eclipsing the previous record individual score of 197 set by New South Wales batsman and fellow Australian opener David Warner at the same venue last season.
Ben Dunk and fellow opener Tim Paine (125) put on a record 277-runs for the opening partnership enroute to eclipsing the 33-year-old mark of 253-runs set by New South Wales duo Rick McCosker and John Dyson, before then passing the competition record of 263 run partnership, for any wicket, set by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and Michael Dighton for Tasmania in 2007.
The 27-year-old Queensland-born Dunk struck played a maginificient innings with witnessed 13 sixes in a 157-ball innings. Dunk completed his second domestic one-day ton off just 93 balls, and Tim Paine soon followed with his own century 100 off a more poised 118 balls.
The early part of the innings gave no sign of the fireworks that were to follow with Tasmania scoring just 78 runs off their opening 20 overs, before cleverly lifting the pace.
Australia batsman George Bailey lined-up for Tasmania for the first time this season and enjoyed a late cameo of 33 not out from 19 balls.
Although Tasmania did miss out of breaking one record falling just shy of Queensland’s record total of 4-405 set in 2004.