Horne smashes astonishing double-century for Topsham in T20
A club cricketer left his opponents shell-shocked by hitting an astonishing 208 runs in a Twenty20 match.
Nick Horne smashed record-breaking 208 runs off just 73 balls as Topsham St James beat Cullompton in an Exeter Evening T/20 League match on Tuesday evening, hitting two cars, a bowling green and a mainline railway track in the process.
The 22-year-old clouted nine fours and 25 sixes, most of which flew over the clubhouse - but some went on to the main Exeter to Paddington railway line at Cullompton, another interrupted play on the nearby bowling green and two more smashed a windscreen and sunroof on nearby parked cars.
Spectators soon rushed to the their cars to move them further away from the barrage as Horne started to hit balls further and further.
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The six which landed on the railway line carried well over 100 metres and put him in exalted company - one of the only other batsmen to reach the track was Sir Viv Richards in an exhibition game.
Opening bat Nick was eventually out when he was caught on the boundary going for another big hit.
The rest of the Topsham team scored just 51 more to make a total of 259-5, with Ed Baxter hitting 24 of them.
Cullompton made just 117 all out off 17.4 overs.
Topsham scorer Sheila Harding said: "It was quite a display. Nick has scored centuries before but nothing like this. Cullompton have quite a small ground but it is not the smallest in Devon."
Club secretary Ted Davenport added: ”It is an astonishing achievement. It has certainly set a lot of records and we’re still trying to find out if anyone has matched it anywhere in the world.”
Nick’s achievement is a record locally and the only other instance in Twenty20 cricket which team-mates could find on the internet was a league player in India.
In international terms, the record for most runs in an innings is held by West Indies' Chris Gayle, who smashed 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in this season's Indian Premier League.