English slugger Ben Duckett surpassed Sir Don Bradman’s record with the fastest 150 runs at Friday’s Lords tournament against Ireland. Even though Duckett (182) was 18 runs short of two hundred at the end of the day, his knockout was enough to surpass Bradman’s longtime record. Breaking a 93-year-old record, the left-handed batter also marked another milestone in his name by becoming the first batter since 1924 to score 100 runs before lunch on Lord’s test. Duckett took 150 balls to complete 150 runs, 16 balls short of the legendary Sir Donald Bradman, who took 166 balls to reach the milestone against England in 1930.
It was a special day for the 28-year-old batter as he hit his second test ton, his first at home. After the end of Day 2, Duckett said, as quoted by Sky Sports, “Lord’s 100 is something special. I know everyone says that, but it hasn’t caught on yet.”
“Playing with Ollie Pope was very easy, it was very nice to watch him play on the other end of the line.”
He went on to describe how difficult this journey has been for him as he continues to fight for a place in the England squad.
“It’s been a pretty crazy journey for me. I’ve only played (tests) abroad, so even putting in here, soaking up the atmosphere, and then hitting 100 is something I dreamed of. I’m so happy that I managed to get there.
“[This summer] will only be harder, the summer will be harder than this week. For me personally, running is a form and that’s what I tried to do at the beginning of the summer for Notts and brought it to here),” Duckett concluded.
His pounding is a glimpse of the dominant display the English batters put on on Friday.
Zach Crowley and Ben Duckett gave the hosts a perfect start with 109 runs. Fionn Hand ended their partnership to give Ireland a glimmer of hope.
However, Pope continued his business and started a partnership of 252 people. Pope was at his peak when he sent the ball over the boundary line at every opportunity.
Ben Duckett matched Pope’s intensity and pressured the Irish bowlers with his flawless technique. Pope completed his first double century, but Duckett lost by 18 runs.
With a fresh ball, Graeme Hume took Duckett’s wicket. From that point on, Joe Root and Pope laid the foundation for another major partnership that took England’s score to 507/2. England looked to be in pole position going into the third session of Day 2.
However, Andy McBrine started the third session on the right note for the visitors by raising Root’s gate. Ruth left with a score of 56 (59).
Dad followed. He tried to hit but missed the ball completely, and Lorcan Tucker made no mistake behind the stumps to complete the English slugger’s exquisite touchdown. England decided to announce their chances with a score of 524/4.
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