Cricketer's extraordinary 124-year first not seen since WG Grace

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

You’ve probably never heard of Darren Stevens, but the English all-rounder just wrote his name into cricket’s record books.

Stevens, 43, led Kent to a thumping 433-run win over Yorkshire in the County championship on Thursday.

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And he did so with a remarkable all-round display.

Stevens scored 237 with the bat before taking 5-20 with the ball in Yorkshire’s second innings.

Darren Stevens matched the great WB Grace. Image: Getty

In doing so, he became the oldest player in 124 years to record a double century and five-wicket haul in a first-class game.

The previous occasion was none other than WG Grace (46 years and 303 days) in 1895.

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It’s been a record-breaking few days in the Championship, with South African bowler Kyle Abbott also making history.

The Hampshire bowler picked up 17 wickets against Somerset - the best figures in first-class cricket since England's Jim Laker picked up all 10 wickets in an innings and match figures of 19-90 against Australia in Manchester in 1956.

Abbott took 9-40 and 8-46 to finish with 17-86 - the best bowling figures ever for Hampshire and the fourth-best in County Championship history.

Darren Stevens in action with the bat. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

His efforts also dented Somerset's hopes of winning the title with one match left in the season.

"It hasn't quite sunk in. It is pretty incredible,” the 32-year-old said.

“Yesterday I didn't think I'd take nine and I didn't think I'd take eight today.

"I reckon that is the best I can bowl."

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