London - Adam Lyth hit the third highest score in Twenty20
cricket on Thursday when he smashed 161 playing for Yorkshire against
Northamptonshire in the English county tournament.
Lyth's score was only 14 short of the world record held by
Chris Gayle of the West Indies set in the Indian Premier League in 2013 and just
one shy of the second best made by Hamilton Masakadza in the Zimbabwe domestic
event in 2016.
Lyth hammered seven sixes and 20 fours in his 73-ball
innings to surpass Brendon McCullum's previous English county best of 158 not
out in 2015.
Yorkshire ended on 260 for four - just short of the world
record made by Australia who piled up 263-3 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in
"I'm really happy with that," Lyth told Sky Sports
as he led his team to a resounding 124-run win.
There was also a record at Chelmsford as Kent claimed an
11-run win over Essex following a new world-best opening stand of 207 between
Joe Denly (127) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (80 not out).