London. Ben Stokes has recently been made the new captain of the Test team of England. Stokes celebrated it with a century. Playing for Durham in the County Championship (Ddivision Two), he scored a brilliant century on Friday. Not only this, he scored a total of 34 runs in an over by hitting 5 sixes in 5 consecutive balls. By lunch on the second day of the 2-day match, the team has made a huge score of 549 runs against Worcestershire for 4 wickets. Stokes is standing at the crease after scoring 147 runs. In such a situation, his eyes will also be on the double century.
The team started playing ahead of 339 runs for 3 wickets on the second day. Till then Ben Stokes had not come out to bat. He scored a century in less than 2 hours. From this his fiery innings can be gauged. He is playing 147 runs in 82 balls. The strike rate is 179. He has hit 15 sixes and 8 fours so far. That is, he has scored 122 runs from the boundary itself. Took only 25 runs by running. This is the 20th century of his first-class career. He completed his century in 64 balls. This is the fastest century in the history of the club.
Just the FIFTEEN sixes for @benstokes38 this morning – including five in one over
— Durham Cricket (@DurhamCricket) May 6, 2022
5 sixes in Baker’s over
Left-arm spinner Jos Baker came to bowl the 117th over of Durham’s innings. Stokes hit 5 sixes in 5 consecutive balls. Four on the last ball. Stokes hit a six over the bowler’s head on the first ball. He hit a six on deep midwicket on the second ball and long off on the third ball. He also sent the 4th and 5th balls across the boundary line. Now he was close to 6 consecutive sixes. However, he could only hit a four on the last ball.
Close to the record of 16 sixes
Ben Stokes is just one step away from the record for most sixes in a county cricket match. Andrew Symonds of Australia hit 16 sixes. Looking at Stokes’ first-class cricket career, he had scored 8854 runs in 156 matches at an average of 35 before this match. Had 19 centuries and 45 half-centuries. He also played the biggest innings of 258 runs. Apart from this, this fast bowler has also taken 349 wickets.
The record of 30-year-old Ben Stokes has also been excellent in Tests. He has scored 5061 runs in 79 matches at an average of 36. He has scored 11 centuries and 26 half-centuries. Apart from this, he has also taken 174 wickets.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 06, 2022, 18:08 IST