Cricketer smashes triple hundred

MAKE mine a treble!Damian Cialini is celebrating smashing the highest-ever recorded individual score in a league cricket match in Suffolk.The Australian batsman hammered 303 not out for Yoxford in a Suffolk Premier League Division One match at Easton on Saturday.

MAKE mine a treble!

Damian Cialini is celebrating smashing the highest-ever recorded individual score in a league cricket match in Suffolk.

The Australian batsman hammered 303 not out for Yoxford in a Suffolk Premier League Division One match at Easton on Saturday.

In an innings which even hard-hitting Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff would find hard to match, Cialini cracked an incredible 40 fours and struck 16 sixes!


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It is thought that his innings is not only the highest individual total since league cricket started in the early 1970s but that it may never have been bettered by anyone anywhere in the county.

Cialini, who is just starting his fourth season with Yoxford, easily surpassed his previous best score of 218 not out against Nowton during his first summer in England.

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The 25-year-old, who is captain of Yoxford, opened the innings and batted through the entire 45 overs after losing the toss and being asked to bat by Easton skipper Fred Mitchell.

He revealed: “I was going to bowl if I won the toss because I always enjoy bowling with the new ball, which you don't get in the second innings.

“It was a cracking wicket. From the very first ball it was coming onto the bat pretty well,” said Cialini, who was using his new bat for only the second time.

Easton thought they had him caught behind early on in his innings but he said: “They thought it hit my bat but I was nowhere near to it. I actually hit my pad with my bat which is why I didn't walk.

“As my innings went on most of the opposition were okay about it but a couple would not let it go and kept chirping on about it.”

Cialini, who comes from Adelaide but now lives with English fiancée Sarah Nunn in Saxmundham, said: “When you get to 50 you look to go on and build a big innings, but I never expected to go that far.”

He was joined in a third-wicket stand of 149 by his younger brother Christopher, who contributed 44. He had not seen Christopher, who is 18 and dad Reonaldo for two years until they arrived recently to spend the next five months in England.

“It is only the third time I have ever batted with him as he is seven years younger than me. He came in when I had about 100. It was great fun to bat with him.”

After Christopher's dismissal Damian continued his run-scoring spree, although he admitted he lost count of how many runs he had scored.

“I thought I was being clapped for my 250. I didn't know I had scored 300 as I didn't hear them clapping my 250, so when I got into the changing room I was surprised to learn I had scored 300,” he added.

His knock saw Yoxford pile up 406 for the loss of just four wickets. Easton replied with 206 for six to lose the match by 200 runs.

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