Stroke of brilliance: Ben Stokes breaks record

Stokes is onto a stellar start as Joe Root's successor

Leo McManus-Andrea
26th May 2022
Image credit: Twitter @PakPassion
New Test Captain Ben Stokes has made his name and shown his worth in the County Championship as he makes a record amount of runs! The Durham cricketer was playing Worcestershire when he took a hundred runs in 64-balls and played 17 sixes.

This match marks Stokes's first appearance for Durham in the new season and no better way than to be welcomed back by 161 runs in only 88 balls.

Stokes overtakes Andrew Symonds's record of 16 sixes, which he hit in 1995

Before lunch on day two, Stokes had already hit a 64-ball hundred, impressing every spectator. Left-arm spinner Josh Baker was caught off guard as five of his bowls allowed Stokes to take five sixes, adding to his sixes tally!

After lunch, Stokes opened with plenty more sixes and for a short while held equal with Andrew Symonds's 16 sixes. These incredible sixes also brought Stokes's run tally up to an unstoppable 150.

Eventually, Stokes gained that vital final bat to break the record of sixes within the County Championship! This was done in less than 200 innings, which adds to how impressive Stokes's batting was on the second day of the match.

Though Stokes had everyone's eyes upon him, we cannot forget about the final innings of the game. Stokes may have taken a record home, but Worcestershire attempted to take the game which ended in a draw:

Durham: 580/6 dec & 170/1 dec

Worcestershire: 309 & 262/3 (100)

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