Thursday, August 8, 2013
Something very special happened in a cricket match involving Topsham St James on Tuesday night (August 6).
The Saints batsman Nick Horne slammed an incredible 208 from just 73 balls in a Twenty20 Exeter Evening League match against hosts Cullompton.
The opener took to the field in a rich vein of form, averaging over 149 in this League before play started, having previously struck three 50’s and a 100 in four games.
Horne started slowly getting his eye in with four dot balls, but in the second over he began to put his stamp on the match with some strong shots.
From then on in the hits only grew bigger, one particularly big over that went for 34 included five maximums.
Horne finally reached his second Twenty20 century from just 41 balls with a huge blow over midwicket and into the next field.
However, he was not finished there and, with his strike rate increasing by the ball, he continued to put every bowler into orbit.
Cars began to be moved from the car park as a rear window felt the full force of a shot, shattering on impact.
Even the players using the bowling green next door were taking shelter as balls rained down like bombs on their heads.
Frustration began to grow within the Cullompton team as each and every bowler was dispatched to all corners of the ground.
It was only a matter of time before Horne’s first ever double-century was confirmed, another lofty smash bringing it up from just 28 balls.
Once his 200 had come up Horne continued trying to hit out, and was finally caught on the boundary for a sensational 208 that included an unbelievable 25 sixes.
The 208 runs means that Horne finishes the season with 507 runs in just five Twenty20 games at an average of 169 and with an enormous strike rate of 233 per cent!