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One-Day Cup: 870 runs, 35 sixes and an opening stand of 342 runs

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 June 2016, 16:05 IST

The 17-year-old record registered by Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid for the highest One-Day International (ODI) partnership in England was finally shattered by Nottinghamshire's Riki Wessels and Michael Lumb during the Royal London One-Day Cup match on 6 June.

The incredible List A clash between Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire saw a sensational partnership between Wessels (146) and Lumb (184) who hammered the opposition bowlers all around the park during their blistering 342-run opening stand in 39.2 overs.

The unbelievable partnership finally came to an end after Wessels departed for a career-best 146 from a mere 97 balls. At the other end, Lumb smashed 21 fours and six sixes in his 150-ball knock of 184 runs - also his best and a record for the county.

During their record stand, Wessels and Lumb pipped Dravid and Ganguly who had earlier registered a partnership of 318 for the second wicket during India's World Cup clash against Sri Lanka at Taunton in 1999.

The English record of Wessels and Lumb is also the third-highest partnership in List A games, behind the 372-run stand between Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels against Zimbabwe during the 2015 World Cup.

Nottinghamshire managed to post a mammoth total of 445 runs at the loss of eight wickets, the second highest score for a List A match in the world.

In reply, Northamptonshire almost came close to pulling off the spectacular run-chase, but eventually fell short by 20 runs. Rory Kleinveldt (63-ball 128) and Adam Rossington (69-ball 97) did a bulk of the scoring as Northamptonshire were bowled out for 425 runs.

The match saw an unprecedented 870 runs scored in the day, three more than Surrey and Glamorgan had managed in 2002. The record for the highest team total is currently held by Surrey who made 496-7 against Gloucestershire in 2007.

First published: 7 June 2016, 16:05 IST