Glamorgan batter Sam Northeast on Saturday scripted history as the 32-year-old scored a quadruple hundred in his team’s match against Leicestershire. Northeast became the first batter after West Indies Brian Lara to score 400 runs in a single first-class inning. He scored an unbeaten 410 off 450 deliveries with the help of 45 fours and three sixes. On the back of Northeast’s innings, Glamorgan scored a mammoth 795/5 in their first innings.
In reply to Leicestershire’s 584, Glamorgan lost two early wickets in the form of captain David Lloyd and Edward Byrom. However, Colin Ingram and Sam Northeast stitched a massive 305-run partnership for the third wicket to lift Glamorgan to 315/2. But Ingram perished to Mulder to make way for Kiran Carlson who did not last long too.
Glamorgan once again lost wickets in a cluster as Billy Root also departed after Carlson and Ingram. With five wickets lost for 334, the team was once again in trouble. However, Chris Cooke joined Northeast in the middle and it was no way back for Glamorgan from there. Cooke and Northeast piled up runs and scored a 461-run partnership for the sixth wicket. While Northeast remained unbeaten on 410, Cooke scored 191* off 227 balls.
With this knock of 410*, Northeast got included in an elite list of cricketers to score 400 in a single first-class inning. The 32-year-old became the ninth batter overall to score a quadruple century. He joined the likes of Brian Lara, Bill Ponsford, and Don Brandman. The other five batters in the list include Archie MacLaren, B.B. Nimbalkar, Hanif Mohammad, Aftab Baloch, and Graeme Hick.
Meanwhile, coming to Glamorgan’s performance in County Championship, they are taking part in Division Two of the County Championships this season, where they are currently third with four wins in 9 matches so far. Their opponent, Leicestershire, are yet to win a game in as many matches, having lost five and drawn four.