Stats: Highest partnerships for the first wicket in List A cricket

Stats: Highest partnerships for the first wicket in List A cricket

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Royal London One Day Cup game between Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire at the Trent Bridge turned out to be a bowlers’ graveyard as 870 runs have been scored in the day. Nottingham’s Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels put on a 342-run stand for the opening wicket helping his side to post a huge total of 445/8.

Their stand is now the 2nd highest for the opening wicket in List A cricket standing only behind Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport’s unbeaten 367-run stand for Dolphins in 2014. Lumb-Wessels stand is the highest for the first wicket in List A in England overhauling Gloucestershire’s Tony Wright and Nicholas Trainor’s 311-run stand in 1997 vs Scotland at Bristol.

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Lumb-Wessels have broken the record for least balls taken to bring up 300-run opening stand. They took 211 balls for the milestone beating Raval-How stand by just 1 ball as the New Zealand pair took 35.2 overs for their 300th partnership run.

So far, 5 triple century stands have been recorded in List A Cricket for the opening wicket, the most for any other wicket. None of those 5 have come in ODI Cricket. Interestingly, 3 out of the 5 triple century stands for the opening wicket have come for since 2013.

Highest opening stand in ODI Cricket is 286 by Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya pair for Sri Lanka against England at Leeds in 2006. Upul Tharanga and Ali Brown are the only players to feature in two different 275+ opening stands in List A Cricket. Both the big stands of Tharanga came while playing for Sri Lanka in ODIs and Ali Brown’s both have come while he was playing for Surrey.

Top 20 partnerships for the first wicket in List A Cricket:

Partners Runs Team Opposition Ground Match Date
Morne van Wyk, Cameron Delport 367* Dolphins Knights Bloemfontein 17-Oct-14
Michael Lumb, Riki Wessels 342 Nottinghamshire Northamptonshire Nottingham 6-Jun-16
Ghulam Ali, Sohail Jaffar 326* Pakistan International Airlines Agriculture Development Bank Sialkot 13-Apr-01
Jeet Raval, Jamie How 321 Central Districts Northern Districts Hamilton 6-Mar-13
Tony Wright, Nicholas Trainor 311 Gloucestershire Scotland Bristol 24-Jun-97
Sajid Ali, Shahid Anwar 297 National Bank of Pakistan Bahawalpur Karachi 20-Sep-91
James Benning, Ali Brown 294 Surrey Gloucestershire The Oval 29-Apr-07
Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya 286 Sri Lanka England Leeds 1-Jul-06
Ian Ward, Ali Brown 286 Surrey Glamorgan The Oval 19-Jun-02
Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan 282 Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Pallekele 10-Mar-11
Usman Khawaja, Chris Hartley 280 Queensland Tasmania Sydney 18-Oct-14
Aakash Chopra, Shikhar Dhawan 277* Delhi Punjab Delhi 28-Feb-08
Ben Dunk, Tim Paine 277 Tasmania Queensland Sydney 18-Oct-14
David Boon, Geoff Marsh 277 Australians Marylebone Cricket Club Lord’s 11-May-89
James Marshall, Brendon McCullum 274 New Zealand Ireland Aberdeen 1-Jul-08
Kepler Wessels, Philip Amm 274 Eastern Province Natal Country Districts Empangeni 27-Oct-90
Mark Pettini, Jason Gallian 269 Essex Surrey The Oval 11-May-08
John Stephenson, Jason Laney 269 Hampshire v Norfolk Southampton 25-Jun-96
Tejinder Singh, Amit Pagnis 265* Railways v Bengal Chennai 2-Mar-03
Abhinav Mukund, Wasim Jaffer 265 India Blue v India Green Nagpur 10-Oct-09

 

(Stats updated till 6th June, 2016)