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The 43-year-old Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens entered to the record book after scoring an incredible quick-fire double-century in a first-class cricket match.
It was the day one of the County Championship Division One 2019 match between Kent and Yorkshire at Leeds.
After deciding to bat first on Monday (16th September), Kent were struggling on 39/5 when Darren Stevens came to bat. Along with the captain Sam Billings, Stevens played an unforgettable knock to secure a great first innings total.
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Billings-Stevens had the massive 346 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. It was Kent’s fifth-highest first-class partnership for any wicket and highest first-class partnership for the sixth wicket.
Since 1949, Darren Stevens is the oldest batsman to hit double-century in first-class cricket
The 43-year-old Stevens scored 237 runs off 225 balls in that innings. The right-handed batsman smashed 28 fours and 9 sixes in that innings. After completing that double-century, Stevens became the oldest batsman to hit a first-class double-century since Walter Keeton in 1949. It was his fourth double-century in the first-class career as well as it was the new highest score in his first-class career. Also, it was the first first-class century for Stevens since 2017.
Stevens is serving Kent since 2005 and his present contract is going to end soon at the end of this season. Before this innings, Kent were unlikely to retain him for the next season. However, after this splendid knock, Kent are likely to change their earlier decision.
It is the 302nd first-class game for Stevens. While he hasn’t played the international cricket, he was in the 30-member England squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. However, finally, he didn’t manage to enter the final 15-member England squad for that World Cup.
Coming to this match, captain Sam Billings also scored 138 runs off 209 balls (16 fours and only six).
Their batting performances have helped Kent to manage 482/8 in the first innings.