Double centuries come along very rarely indeed in Derbyshire County Cricket League games - for reasons of time constraints if nothing else - so hats off to Codnor CC 1sts’ skipper Lee Colledge.
On Saturday, he broke the club’s record for best individual score and helped surpass the best team score as he hammered 207 not out to help his side secure victory over Langley Mill 2nds in Division 4N of the DCCL.
Codnor won the toss and captain Colledge had little hesitation in taking first knock and promoting himself up the order to open the batting with Jonathan Woolley.
After the early loss of Woolleyy, Darren Colson made 40, joining forces with Colledge to push the run rate up to nearly ten an over.
But it was Neil Sparham who provided the most long lasting support for Colledge. At one point, it seemed the pair were having a personal competition to see who could hit the biggest boundary.
Within 35 overs, Colledge had surpassed Jonathan Woolley’s previous individual Codnor record of 151 and the race was on for his double hundred. Sparham looked certain to attain his first century at Langley Mill, but fell 16 runs short. The other batsmen did their best to get the captain on strike to reach his 200 and he finished with boundaries off his last two balls to get there, and bring the Codnor faithful to their feet. The final team total was a massive 381-6.
Langley Mill finished their reply on 223 all out on a day that belonged to Lee Colledge, who said: “My previous best score was 137, made about three years ago, so I was really pleased to beat it.
“It clicked for me almost straight away on Saturday. I started to play my shots and it went on from there. The pitch was good and I hit 30 fours and five sixes, scoring the runs off 143 balls. It was one of those days where you feel everything is going perfectly so you have make the most of it.”
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