Central Districts opener Jamie How has rewritten the record books after smashing the first double-century in New Zealand domestic one-day cricket.
The former Black Cap hit 222, including 27 fours and eight sixes, as the Stags, the defending Ford Trophy champions, posted a total of 417-6 against Northern Districts in Hamilton on Wednesday.
The previous highest score was 170 not out by present Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum for Otago against Auckland in March 2008.
How put on a record 321-run partnership with fellow opener Jeet Ravel, who himself got 115 from 106 balls.
It was the highest stand for any wicket in New Zealand domestic one-dayers, beating the 273 set only last week by Wellington pair Michael Papps and Stephen Murdoch.
How had two reprieves in good batting conditions at Seddon Park, the first as he was bowled by a no-ball by Anurag Verma when on 76.
As he closed on 150, he offered a chance which went through Jono Hickey’s hands.
He eventually fell when caught by Anton Devcich off a Brent Arnel delivery.
In world cricket, How’s score equalled the second best in a List A, or domestic, one-dayer.
That record is held by former England international Ali Brown, who got 268 for Surrey against Glamorgan in 2002.
In October 1974, South African Graeme Pollock made 222 not out for Eastern Province against Border.