Northeast's 410no is century's top score

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English batsman Sam Northeast has entered an exclusive group of cricketers to pass 400 runs in a single innings, after hitting 410 not out for Glamorgan in a county championship match.

He didn't get a chance to challenge Brian Lara's world-record individual score of 501 -- set in 1994 while playing for Warwickshire, also in an English county game -- as Glamorgan declared on 5-795 against Leicestershire at Leicester's Grace Road.

Northeast, a 32-year-old right-hander often in the argument as the best batter never to be selected for England, hit 45 fours and three sixes in his 450-ball knock.

It was the third-highest innings ever played in England and the ninth-highest first-class innings ever made worldwide.

It is also the highest individual score this century in elite-level cricket, surpassing Lara's Test-record 400 not out for West Indies against England in 2004.

Only eight players had previously ever made 400 or more in first-class cricket.

Like Lara, Australian batter Bill Ponsford passed the 400 mark on two occasions, when playing for Victoria in the 1920s.

Northeast's knock was the fourth 400-plus score in the English county game, after Lara, Archie MacLaren (424) in 1895 and Graeme Hick (405) in 1988.

He'd started the day unbeaten on 308 and soon went past Steve James' 309 not out against Sussex in 2000 as the highest first-class score by a Glamorgan player.

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