Ben Stokes breaks 8-year-old world record for blistering 161 runs in County Cricket

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Ben Stokes, the new captain of England’s Test Cricket team, returned to county cricket earlier in the day in the Durham v Worcestershire match. The all-rounder came in at number six for Durham and played a stunning 161 run knockout for his team. He had a fifth-wicket partnership of 220 runs with David Bedingham.

Fans should note that Stokes racked up 161 runs from just 88 deliveries in the 220-run partnership. The left-handed batter hit eight fours and 17 sixes in his incredible strike. He played with left-arm spin bowler Josh Baker, breaking five consecutive sixes in an over bowled by him.

The sixth ball bowled by Baker went for a boundary. So Stokes scored 34 points from that over. As mentioned, he finished with 161 runs to his name. He broke a world record for most sixes broken in an inning by a batter, scoring less than 200 runs in a first-class game.

Stokes hit 17 maximums and broke a world record jointly held by the trio of Graham Napier, Jesse Ryder and Mukhtar Ali. A Twitter user shared the stat after Stokes’ innings. Napier, Ryder and Ali each hit 16 sixes in their innings for Essex, New Zealanders and Rajshahi respectively. The first two cases occurred in 2011, and the third in 2014.

Most sixes in a first-class innings of less than 200 runs:
17 – Ben Stokes (Durham) v Worcestershire today
16 – Graham Napier (Essex) v Surrey, 2011
16 – Jesse Ryder (New Zealanders) v AUS-A, 2011
16 – Mukhtar Ali (Rajshahi) v Chittagong, 2014

Stokes scores 161(88) today.

— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) May 6, 2022

I’ve had to live with Andrew Flintoff and Sir Ian Botham’s tag: Ben Stokes

The ECB recently named Ben Stokes their new captain, and in a talk with Sky Sports after the big announcement, the all-rounder shared how he has always been compared to the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Sir Ian Botham, but wants to create his identity.

“I’ve had to live with Andrew Flintoff and Sir Ian Botham’s label since I was 18. But I’ve always maintained that I never try to be Flintoff or Botham. I’m Ben Stokes,” said the new England captain.

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