Quick Bit: Brian Lara and Don Bradman were two of eight men to have scored 400 or more in a single first-class innings. English batter Sam Northeast became the ninth on Saturday.

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An unheralded English batter briefly appeared to have Brian Lara’s all-time record score in his sights on Saturday in an incredible knock that set the cricket world talking.

Sam Northeast did not get to press on any further towards the 501 not out first-class best of West Indies great Lara as Glamorgan declared with him unbeaten on 410 before powering on to an innings victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road in the County Championship.

However, Northeast’s incredible efforts still shattered a host of records and placed him in elite company within the sport’s rich and long history.

Here, we assess the deeds of the man who briefly looked ready to take down Lara.

Who is Sam Northeast?

The 32-year-old played the majority of his career at Kent, where he came through the ranks and impressed as captain.

In 2015 and 2016 he put together consecutive 2,000-run seasons across all formats and was selected to captain the MCC in the 2017 Champion County match

However, a contract dispute saw him depart for Hampshire in 2018, where Northeast failed to recapture his best form.

Loan stints at Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire followed in 2021 before a permanent switch to Glamorgan.

Joining the Welsh county already seemed to have agreed with Northeast, who had a century and five fifties during the 2022 first-class season heading into this week’s match in Leicester.

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What records did Sam Northeast set in his 410 not out?

After being 308 overnight, Northeast ticked past the 309 scored by former England opener Steve James for Glamorgan’s highest score of all-time before he and Chris Cooke (191 not out) tore into an embattled Leicestershire attack.

They shared an unbroken stand of 461 for the sixth wicket in a total of 795/5 declared. That was the eighth-highest in County Championship history and the best for the sixth wicket in English county cricket. It helped Glamorgan to their highest score ever.

During the closing stages of his partnership with Cooke, Northeast started to put himself in incredibly exclusive company.

His 410 not out is the ninth highest score in cricket history and he is only the ninth player to have reached 400 in a single innings, with Lara and former Australia batter Bill Ponsford each doing so twice. It is a club he shares with Don Bradman, among a few others

Northeast is one of only four batters to have scored in excess of 400 in English cricket, tucking in behind Lara, and Archie MacLaren’s 424 for Lancashire against Somerset in 1895 and passing Graeme Hick’s 405 not out for Worcestershire versus the same county almost a century on in 1988. Northeast passed 400 and Hick’s mark with sixes.

Their was an unwanted record for Leicestershire, who were dismissed for 183 inside 60 overs after Northeast gorged himself. No team have ever scored more than their first-innings 584 and gone on to lose by an innings.

Highest first-class cricket scores of all time

Player
Runs
Team
Opposition
Date
1
Brian Lara
501*
Warwickshire
Durham
June 2, 1996
2
Hanif Mohammad
499
Karachi
Bahawalpur
Jan 8, 1959
3
Don Bradman
452*
New South Wales
Queensland
Jan 3, 1930
4
Bhausaheb Nimbalkar
443*
Maharashtra
Kathiawar
Dec 16, 1948
5
Bill Ponsford
437
Victoria
Queensland
Dec 16, 1927
6
Bill Ponsford
429
Victoria
Tasmania
Feb 2, 1923
7
Aftab Baloch
428
Sind
Baluchistan
Feb 18, 1974
8
Archie MacLaren
424
Lancashire
Somerset
Jul 15, 1895
9
Sam Northeast
410*
Glamorgan
Leicestershire
Jul 23, 2022
10
Graeme Hick
405*
Worcestershire
Somerset
May 5, 1988

Has Sam Northeast ever played for England?

Despite winning honours at under-15, under-19 and England Lions level, Northeast has never made the full international breakthrough.

“You’re always striving, but for whatever reason, it feels like that’s almost been and gone – and that’s fine,” he told ESPNCricinfo ahead of his difficult 2021 season.

“If it does happen, brilliant, but the big driver for me is putting in performances for myself and for the club.”

The club in question is now Glamorgan, whose coach Matthew Maynard could not be happier to have him on board.

“I don’t think anyone here will have witnessed a better innings,” Maynard said of Northeast’s heroics.

“The way he went from 200 to 300 on Friday, it was as if there were no fielders.

“Every attacking shot he played went for four. I’ve seen some good players, I’ve batted with some good players, but to see someone maintain that level for so long was just incredible.”

Does that sort of attacking intent sound like it could find a home within Brendon McCullum’s England Test revolution? Well, it’s not for us to say…

Which batting records does Brian Lara hold?

It was not just his 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham that showed Lara to be the master of the monster innnings.

He became the only man in history to score a quintuple century, surpassing Hanif Mohammad’s previous best of 499 in June 1994, taking just 427 deliveries to reach the landmark.

Less than two months earlier, he had broken Gary Sobers’ Test record of 365 not out when he plundered 375 against England in Antigua.

Australia opener Matthew Hayden overhauled that mark with 380 versus Zimbabwe a the WACA in October 2003 — an act that merely served as a kind of red rag to Lara.

Facing England again at the same Antigua Recreation Ground in 2004, he scored 400 not out and remains Test cricket’s only quintuple centurion.

When he looks at this weekend’s most remarkable scorecard, Lara might breathe a small sigh of relief that Glamorgan’s thirst for the win prevented Northeast from getting any closer to his historic feat.

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