Alex Carey equals world record as records tumble on epic day for Australian cricket

The Test wicket-keeper took a staggering eight catches in South Australia's clash with Queensland.

Alex Carey, pictured here in action for  South Australia against Queensland.
Alex Carey equalled the world record for most catches in a List-A game. Image: Cricket Network/Getty

Alex Carey took a staggering eight catches in South Australia's one-day cricket clash with Queensland on Wednesday - equalling the world record for a List-A game. Playing in his first 50-over game since being dropped from the Australian side at the ODI World Cup last year, the wicket-keeper snared eight of the 10 dismissals.

Five of Carey's catches came off the bowling of Jordan Buckingham, who finished with 6-41 to restrict Queensland to of 218 at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide. The Redbacks chased down the target in the 45th over with five wickets in hand, with Thomas Kelly blasting 81 off 66 balls and captain Nathan McSweeney making 52.

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Carey's eight catches equalled the List-A world record, and were the most ever in a game in Australia. He completed the remarkable feat when he caught a high ball to dismiss Matthew Kuhnemann for 36 for the 10th wicket.

Alex Carey.
Alex Carey took a world record eight catches as South Australia beat Queensland. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Only two others have ever taken eight catches - both occurring in English County Cricket. The first to achieve the feat was Somerset keeper Derek Taylor in 1982, while fellow gloveman James Pipe also did it for Worcestershire in 2021.

Carey is the only player ever to do it in a List-A match in Australia. Peter Nevill had eight dismissals in an innings for NSW in 2017, but two of those were stumpings (with six catches).

Carey's best catch on Wednesday was a superb diving effort down the leg side to dismiss Jack Wildermuth first ball off Buckingham. The Test keeper dived full length and somehow managed to glove the ball cleanly. He also took a well-judged running catch towards fine leg to get rid of Queensland skipper Marnus Labuschagne for 74 off 99 deliveries.

Tom Rogers blasts record century in Victoria loss

And it wasn't the only record to fall on a stunning day for Australian cricket. Tom Rogers blasted the sixth-highest score in Australian domestic one-day history (and highest for Victoria) with a brutal 196 off 142 balls against NSW.

The opener's massive innings led Victoria to an imposing total of 311, but it wasn't enough as NSW won with seven balls remaining after their target was revised due to rain. After a half-hour rain delay late in the NSW innings, the home side cruised to victory at 3-256 off 40.5 overs.

Tom Rogers.
Tom Rogers made 196 in Victoria's one-day clash with NSW. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Daniel Hughes paced the NSW innings with 119, while captain Moises Henriques adding 73 not out. Victoria went into Wednesday's last round of games on top of the Marsh Cup ladder with just one loss.

But NSW's win, coupled with Western Australia beating Tasmania in Hobart, knocked the Victorians out contention for the February 25 final. NSW will instead host WA in the decider, but the venue is yet to be confirmed as the SCG is reportedly unavailable.

Rogers' outstanding innings took him past Aaron Finch's record of 188 not out as the highest one-day domestic knock by a Victorian player. Rogers took full advantage of the short boundaries at North Sydney Oval, hammering 15 fours and 15 sixes. It marked the second-most sixes in a domestic one-day game in Australia behind D'Arcy Short's record of 23.

with AAP

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