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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

England makes history posts 481 in ODI at Trentbridge

The River Trent is the third-longest river in the United Kingdom. Its source is in Staffordshire and it flows through and drains most of the metropolitan central and northern Midlands south and east of its source north of Stoke-on-Trent. The river is known for dramatic flooding after storms and spring snowmelt, which in past times often caused the river to change course.
rival captains Tim Paine and Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan ascended to the England one-day captaincy in slightly chaotic circumstances less than two months out from the 2015 World Cup and was less than enamoured with an entirely inadequate campaign.  Today he has made a grand history, becoming a non-english Batsman to become its highest scorer (aggregate) in ODIs. Interesting !

The list now reads : Eoin Morgan with  5443  runs; Ian Bell (5416); Collingwood (5092), Alec Stewart (4677); Joe Root (4552) – far below – the Indian list that would read : Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (18426); Sourav Ganguly (11221); Rahul Dravid (10768); Mahi Dhoni (9793); Virat Kohli (9588); Mohd Azharuddin (9378) and few more others above Morgan.  Incidentally Morgan has 6187  ODI international runs –  5443 for England, rest for Ireland.  Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan, is an Irish cricketer – the present captain of England is a left hander.  He originally represented his native Ireland at international level before switching to play for England in 2009. He was the first of only two players in history to score an ODI hundred for two nations and is particularly noted for his end of innings hitting ability, seeing him labelled as a 'finisher'. He is also noted as being a skilful player of the reverse sweep shot.

Today at Trent Bridge, England broke their own record set in Aug 2016.  Trent Bridge staged its first Test in 1899 and is a regular, and popular, fixture on the international circuit. It used to be the shared home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and Notts County Football Club, but when the football and cricket seasons were considered to have become too overlapped (as far back as 1910) the football club moved a couple of hundred yards away to Meadow Lane. Trent Bridge has been home to some of the finest cricketers in the world; Gary Sobers, Clive Rice and Richard Hadlee have all graced the ground and left a permanent mark on its history.   Today England made a record 481/6 (Jason Roy 82; JM Bairstow 139; Alex Hales 147; Morgan 67) – a bad day thus far for Aussies with their bowlers going : Stanlake 8 0 74 0; Jhye Richardson 10 1 92 3; Tye 9 0 100 0; MP Stoinis 8 0 85 0.

On Aug 30, 2016 at the same venue the score card read a new high  - England 444 for 3 (Hales 171, Buttler 90*, Root 85, Morgan 57*) beat Pakistan 275 (Sharjeel 58, Amir 58, Woakes 4-41) by 169 runs.  England has produced some astonishing batting feats in one-day cricket but they surpassed even themselves at Trent Bridge as they plundered the highest total in ODI history to wrap up the series against Pakistan in overwhelming style. (that has gone for a toss today).

On that day at his  home ground, Alex Hales surged to England's highest ODI innings, finally knocking Robin Smith's unbeaten 167 against Australia in 1993 off the top spot, while Jos Buttler hit England's fastest fifty off 22 balls as they tallied a monstrous 444 for 3 to overtake Sri Lanka's 443 for 9 against Netherlands in 2006. Needing to score six off the final over to set a new high total seemed a formality, but Buttler and Eoin Morgan struggled to lay a bat on Hasan Ali until Buttler connected with a smite through the covers off the last ball to give put England top of the pile. Pakistan, unsurprisingly, did not get close, bowled out for 275 although Mohammad Amir joined in the batting fun with his own 22-ball fifty, the highest score by a No. 11 in ODIs.

The score made by England is not  the highest total in ODI matches  – significant for only recently on June 8 at Dublin, New Zealand women smashed the world record for the highest one-day international score by posting 490-4 in the 346-run win in Ireland. The White Ferns surpassed their own 21-year record of 455 in the 48th over at the YMCA Sports Club in Dublin. Skipper Suzie Bates top-scored with 151 off 94 balls as her team also went past the men's record of 444 by England. Ireland leg-spinner Cara Murray conceded the most runs ever in an ODI by taking two wickets for 119 runs. The previous most expensive analysis in an ODI, men's or women's, was by Australia's Mick Lewis who had figures of 10-0-113-0 against South Africa in the famous '438 game' at Johannesburg in 2006. Maddy Green also hit a century for New Zealand, with her 121 coming off 77 balls, while Amelia Kerr was unbeaten on 81. Ireland, with Isobel Joyce unable to bat after suffering a head injury while fielding, managed just 144 for nine in reply, with New Zealand off-spinner Leigh Kasperek taking career-best figures of 4-17.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
19th June 2018 @ 22.17 hrs.

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