Rossouw rewrites record books

2010-03-25 18:37

Centurion - Record after record fell at Supersport Park on Thursday as Rilee Rossouw scored a mammoth 319 in the Supersport Series match between the Titans and the Diamond Eagles. At close of play on the first day, the Eagles had 502 for three.

Rossouw became the first person since Herschelle Gibbs in 1996/97 to score a century before lunch, but was not content with that. By tea, he had 225, and he reached 300 in the final session tea with a huge six off Jacques Rudolph.

He is the only player to score 300 in a day in South Africa, and the third South African, after Barry Richards and Graeme Smith to achieve this feat. He is also the youngest South African to score a triple century and the ninth youngest cricketer overall.

Rossouw and Dean Elgar passed the record partnership of 441 for any wicket in any first-class match in South Africa, set by Carl Bradfield and James Bryant, playing for Eastern Province against North West in Potchefstroom in 2002/03.

When their partnership was finally broken, with Rossouw caught by Mangaliso Mosehle off Hardus Viljoen, they had shared a second wicket stand of 480.

During their partnership, they both passed 1 000 runs for the season.

Rossouw has scored 1125 runs this season, passing the record total of 1089 set by Barry Richards.

Towards the end of his innings, a tiring Rossouw was struck on the hand on two occasions, and his end came when the ball struck him on the glove and looped to the keeper. He appeared to be in severe pain as he left the field, clutching right hand. Rossouw had been at the crease for five hours and 48 minutes, and faced 291 deliveries. He hit 47 boundaries and eight sixes.

It was a superb performance by Rossouw, who played some sublime off drives and cover drives. Until the end, he never appeared to be in any form of trouble, and the Titans used nine bowlers in their endeavours to get him out.

Elgar, who also batted exceptionally well, was totally overshadowed. He reached his ninth century off 166 balls, hitting 16 fours.

The Titans had cause to celebrate early in the day when Reeza Hendricks was caught behind by Mosehle off Basheer Walters in the third over of the match. Boeta Dippenaar failed to score before he was caught by Mosehle off Walters.

At close of play, Elgar was not out on 156 off 241 balls and CJ de Villiers had nine.


  • Mdeva - 2010-03-25 18:55

    What a young player...SA's no.4, or no. 5 in a not distance future

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  • mb - 2010-03-25 19:18

    ongelukkig is hy wit, hy sal nie sommer vir die proteas speel nie. wat 'n groot jammerte. Baie geluk Rilee, geniet elke oomblik daarvan!

  • TREVOR - 2010-03-25 19:49

    he,s WHITE

  • Jacques - 2010-03-25 19:49

    Can he bowl?

  • Dewald - 2010-03-25 19:55

    WOW! Just amazing to see this happen...all in one day!! Our cricket looks bright!!! Well done Rilee!!!!

  • Geejay - 2010-03-25 20:04

    Well we have been waiting for a while to see this type of player emerge since Herschelle is getting on. Has the potential to be the best ever. Good luck.

  • Spazman - 2010-03-25 20:19

    Lets see if we can keep him in RSA. CSA one day when you wake up make him an offer before England gets him to. According to the records all the players that has done this before played for their country, stats dont lie give him a contract...

  • biltong69 - 2010-03-25 20:39

    oops. What about 'The Special One' JP Duminy? Rilee better start looking for a Kolpak contract 'cos he sure ain't gonna play for the Boks in a hurry! Maybe AGAINST us like KP, Trott and now Kieswetter. Nice job SACU and your AA policies.

  • Greg - 2010-03-25 20:41

    Unfortunately Rilee's innings came after the squad for World T20 was chosen. Scores his runs quickly ala Graeme Smith and is also a lefthander. Selectors must put more pressure on JP Duminy and choose Rilee if JP is out of sorts. JP has not played for the Mumbai Indians at all in 2010 IPL.

  • ProudlySouthAfrican - 2010-03-25 20:45

    Rilee, there are no words to describe this! Cricket is a wonderfull sport. An absolute gifted player! Viva Eagles!!!!

  • Georg - 2010-03-25 20:54

    Wel gedaan, min kan dit verbeter, maar ongelukkig is daar perde met oogklappe aan en kleurblind. Jammer ou seun nog so n beurt, miskien dan kan daar dalk iemand wakker skrik uit die dood en hoor van jou. Jy is n voorbeeld vir menigte (vingertjies met sy krampies om aandag te trek en simpatie te soek inkluis) net voorspoed en sukses vir jou.

  • Fatd - 2010-03-25 21:01

    True excellence DOES transcend politics - it is a little petty to start bemaoning the fact that he is white - give CSA SOME credit - 80% of the current team is white and Ju Ju isn't employed by CSA - yet. The young man WILL make it and FOR SA!

  • Black Man - 2010-03-25 21:03

    biltong69 >> Are you that stupid....... Why play race card? There are more whites in the team than blacks. I suppose you regard hashim as AA. I think you will only be satisfied with an all white team......

  • CricketFAn - 2010-03-25 21:04

    well done lad!!!our future looks very bright with youngsters such as ingram,miller,vandiar,rilee,stiaan van zyl.these guys have to be bred in the proteas squad over the next two years.with amla,de villers,steyn,rolef,parnel still having having a minimum of 9 yers in them i see a very succesfull and consistent team in the future.and with the experince of smith(another 6 years in him) and kallis(3 years in him) these youngsters will make us proud.Who needs kp,trott and kieswetter...let them play wit their queen

  • steminibos - 2010-03-25 21:43

    Well done! young man!! Your future is bright!! it is both a reality and a pity however that being the best in SA does not count if you'r classified as being White, recent trends, the sacking of the selection panel, persisting with Duminy and Prince and even talk of "indigenous"Africans - Zim speak for Black - does mean that you would probably have a Mfene like Khompela asking "Who is Rossouw" remember him asking "Who is Jacques Kallis" do the same as Jacques - let your bat do the talking, but keep your options open - "Nuwe Apartheid" is alive and growing in SA, a reality for every citizen - spearheaded by CourtClown Mamparalema!

  • Mikeg - 2010-03-26 05:00

    @ Black Man, I don't know about Hashim as AA. But surely even you can see he isn't white.

  • Alibaba - 2010-03-26 05:20

    Will be interesting to see where he ends. Hope in my heart of hearts it's for SA. You can say what you want about whites being negative, but the likes of KP, Trott and Kieswetter would have been a huge advantage in the SA line-up, but we know why/how they ended there. No use denying it and playing the numbers card about more whites in the team than other colours - do you want the team to be selected based on the demographics of SA, or on ability? Simple question that requires a simple answer.

  • Pieter Erwee - 2010-03-26 07:06

    Bye bye Greame Smith :)

  • Dazza - 2010-03-26 07:50

    @biltong69 - You are such a chop

  • Cricket fan - 2010-03-26 07:54

    Ladies...From your comments, I can see the excitement. Well done to this lad, but don't even try to compare him to Kallis or any other international player at this moment. This is the last game of a local series which is actually a dead rubber as the winners have been crowned last week. Rilee needs to prove himself...a one hit wonder is not good enough. He has also failed in the Champions League last year when he batted against world class bowlers. Lastly , wheter he is black, green, pink or yellow, if he is good enough, then he will get is place in the Proteas side. For now, "let him walk before he can run"....

  • Snake - 2010-03-26 08:07

    Why must everything always be about skin colour? Why can a sports person just not be as good/great as he/she is & the race issue be excluded.

  • HRT - 2010-03-26 08:26

    Well done Rilee. Looking forward to watching you represent the Proteas in the future. To all you idiots claiming that he will never play because he's white, please rethink your silly comments. The man had an awesome season, and will undoubtedly get his chance in the future because of it. Don't post emotional comments over a hypothetical situation (damn whiners), because he may yet be playing for SA against India at the end of the year. Future of the Proteas looking good!

  • morena - 2010-03-26 08:38

    welldone Mr Rossouw, i hope your perfomance won't go unoticed by the proteas selectors, those who played or still play sport knows that there is no greater feeling in sport than when you played very very good in your SIR, well done and all of the best to yourespective sport be that scoring goals, tries, number one in athletics ect. Its a damn good feeling and enjoy it Sir, all of the best to you

  • Jim Beam - 2010-03-26 09:06

    The departure of so many front line playerts reduces this effort to nothing more than a farce and in fact reduces the Supersport Series itself to nothing more than a farce. The fact that the Dollar hungry domestic players such as Cowboy De Villiers , Long Hop Steyn and many others were so keen to drop there franchises in favour of the IPL even when the Titans and others were still in a chance od winning the title is an insult to the Sponsors, the Franchises , The supporters and spectators and an endigtment on South African cricket all the way from Gerald Majola down. If this is the vakue we place on our domestic game it is little wonder that our international side is in such an appalling state. It defines the mentality of the players and induicates that they will only be available for the domestic game if there is nothing on that pays more bucks. Absolutelly apalling. Rilee Rossouw's effort was really played in a " B " section and is largely defined by the absence of any quality or " A " sectiion bowling. So good as it may be it is not really that great I doubt he would have achieved it in a fully stocked tournament. I certainly would not place his name in the same bracket as Barry Richards not when the quality and the stature of the tournanment has been so badly depleted and trashed The man may have some talent but is is quite apparent that his performance has arrived agaisnt a sub standard side and in my mind that does create doubt and does undermine the value of the knock. JP Duminy arrived in just such a blaze of glory and look where he is now. Lets not get too excited just yet.Lets see how he shapes up over a period of time against a decent quality side and not one with 5 members prancing around India. As for our game, if we are so quick to prostitute one of our biggest tournaments then there is a deep , deep problem with the game, the administrators and the people who play the game and an enourmous disrespect for those who follow and support the game and under normal circumstances may have paid good money to watch the game. As for the players they become increasingly mercenary and the danger is that the game in SA becomes nothing more than a springboard for the money hungry to gain admittance into the richer tournaments. I personally am very disillusioned by the attitudes and acceptance by the whole mob. Cricket SA did not win this one that is for sure.

  • Titans fan - 2010-03-26 09:23

    Duminy OUT ----- Rossouw IN. But it will never happen, just as the Ontong-Rudolph saga tainted the careers of two young aspiring payers. Well done Rilee, you are some talent !!! @Georg. Jy is n' pampoen!!! @Black Man. Then let's drop out of form Duminy and NOT blame it on apartheid. We are satisfied with the BEST team. OK ???

  • Titans fan - 2010-03-26 09:28

    @Jim Beam. What are you on about? You are one prized chop my friend. The whole bloody world had joined the IPL !!! You are supped to write a comment not essay !!!

  • rvdm - 2010-03-26 10:18

    I thought Darrel Cullinan also scored 300+, that would make Rossouw the fourth ?

  • seeps - 2010-03-26 10:24

    Alibaba are you on drugs? When KP left SA he was an off spinner who could bat a lil, England helped him hone his skills as a batsman so they can have him and his arrogance. Trott only broke into the ENGLAND side at age 29 - clearly we don't need him. As for Kieswetter he made his own choices when we approached him. Rilee looks the real deal but only time will tell. There are other highly talented lefties who can't get into the test side i.e. one Mr Jacques Rudolph? The reality is Duminy needs franchise cricket for another season or two however there is no denying the boy is class regardless of his recent run of poor form. Anybody that scores against Australia IN Australia WITH the tail can play. Prince has been used in the incorrect position however I am not opposed to givin this Rilee a shot in the dark in the next series..... Blood em young I say. The race card in sport is boring so when the whitey's start using it I can sad...... Build a bridge all of you and support the country or just adopt another country if we always gonna cry race.

  • Cricket fan - 2010-03-26 10:26

    @ Jim Beam..Well said , Agree with you 100 %

  • Cricket Fan - 2010-03-26 11:13

    @Jim Beam -- what a chop..!! Our cricket must be in a real mess, we are only ranked 2nd in Test matches and probaly the same for 1 Day Internationals.

  • alfie - 2010-03-26 11:14

    Jislaaik, rilee al wat ek kan sĂȘ is .....RESPEK my seun!!!!

  • CRICKET FAN - 2010-03-26 12:41

    to RVDM - Cillinan did not score it one day

  • Dean - 2010-03-26 13:16

    @Jim Beam and Cricket fan (10:26) Yaaaawwwwwn, yet more negative comment, getting boring. I thought the Poms were the big whingers, but Saffa's are fast surpassing them. If you have nothing constructive to say, then just why don't you just wrap up. You don't even have the decency to congratulate the young man on what is a fantastic achievement irrespective of who it was against. Well done Russouw!

  • Duncan - 2010-03-26 15:43

    Your country neeeds you. England

  • Louis - 2010-03-27 07:22

    IPL is a blessing in disguise. It creates the type of fanaticism around the sport that it needs to grow, pulling in more players at school level and adding to the pool of talent. No one is going to stop the IPL; heck no one was able to stop Packer's World Series and that is what gave us pajama cricket in the first place. If it wasn't for Packer's rebels, cricket as we know it today would not have existed. The IPL is just a new phase for cricket and before we are all dead there will be another.

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