Kent’s Darren Stevens becomes oldest batsman to score double ton in first-class cricket since 1949

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Author 2019-09-17 01:37:09

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Darren Stevens on Monday became the oldest player to score a first-class double-hundred since Walter Keeton in 1949 after his knock of 237 put Kent in control against Yorkshire on day three in the 2019 County Championship.

After Duanne Olivier ran through Kent’s top-order, Stevens walked out to bat when his side were reeling at 39/5 during the 11th over. But he turned around their fortunes with an important 346-run stand with Sam Billings, who remained not-out on 138. It was the highest partnership in the County Championship this season.

Veteran Stevens just consumed 225 deliveries during his brilliant knock that was laced with 28 boundaries and nine sixes. The 43-year-old was dismissed by Ajaz Patel during the 75th over and the scoreboard read 385-6 when he walked back to the pavilion.

In the previous match against Nottinghamshire, Stevens scored 88 in the first innings along with two fifers as he registered match figures of 10/92 as Kent won by 227 runs at Trent Bridge.

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