Kleinveldt, Wessels wreak havoc in England

2016-06-07 10:00
Rory Kleinveldt (Getty Images)

Cape Town - There were extraordinary scenes in a one-day cricket match in England on Monday.

And players with South African connections were at the forefront of a mammoth run-fest in a Royal London One-Day Cup game at the famous Trent Bridge ground in Nottingham.

Riki Wessels, the son of former South African captain Kepler, and Michael Lumb - who is South African-born - racked up an opening partnership worth a staggering 342 runs as Nottinghamshire posted 445/8 in their allotted 50 overs against Northamptonshire.

Lumb scored 184 off 150 balls, while Wessels - who was born in Australia when his famous father played cricket there - recorded 146 off 97 balls.

Northamptonshire came agonisingly close in their run-chase, largely thanks to Proteas all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt who smashed 128 off 63 balls.

In the end, Kleinveldt’s effort was in vain as Nottinghamshire won by 20 runs when Northamptonshire were dismissed for 425 in 48.2 overs.

It was nevertheless a great effort from Northamptonshire, considering they were handicapped by a shoulder injury to South African Richard Levi, which meant he didn't bat until No 11. Kleinveldt was also nursing a calf injury which forced him to bat with a runner.

According the Northamptonshire Telegraph, the match aggregate of 870 runs was the second highest in one-day cricket history, only second to the historic chase of 438 by South Africa against Australia in 2006.

According to BBC Sport, the world one-day record is held by Surrey, who made 496/4 against Gloucestershire in the FP Trophy at the Oval in 2007.

Wessels and Lumb, who both hit one-day career-bests, smashed Notts' previous partnership record of 217 - also held by Lumb, with Alex Hales, against Middlesex at Lord's in 2014.

They also beat the previous best one-day stand in England - 324 by India's Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid against Sri Lanka at Taunton in the 1999 World Cup.

But their partnership fell just 30 runs short of matching the all-time best one-day partnership of 372 between Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels - achieved for the West Indies' second wicket against Zimbabwe in Canberra during the 2015 World Cup.

They also fell short of the highest-ever one-day first-wicket stand - an unbroken 367 set in a South African domestic game by Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport for the Dolphins against Knights in Bloemfontein in October 2014.


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