Can that even happen? An Australian cricket team recently registered a mammoth 596/6 runs in their stipulated 50 overs and then bowled out the opposition for a paltry 25 runs. The match was played between Northern Districts and Port Adelaide in the SACA PC Statewide Super Women’s 1st Grade match. There were three centurions for the Northern Districts, Tegan McPharlin, Sam Betts, Tabitha Saville and Darcie Brown scored a century each and also made sure that the run rate was at all times over 12.
McPharlin was the top-scoring batter for the team, bagging 130 runs from 80 balls while Betts came in next with a score of 124-not out off 71. Saville had the best run-rate, scoring a 56-ball 120 while the fourth ton came from Brown who remained unbeaten on 117 from 84 balls.
You may be wondering many sixes may have been hit, but you are wrong. Only three sixes were hit along with 64 fours. Port Adelaide were indisciplined with the ball and bowled 75 wides in the match.
“It’s pretty cool that, at the end of the day, we potentially have a world record,” the top-scorer McPharlin told local media after the conclusion of the match.
“It’s pretty unreal to make a total like that. At the time, we weren’t chasing any records or trying to set any benchmarks in that way. We were just playing cricket shots,” McPharlin told abc.net.au. “The runs just kept piling on. There were only three sixes hit for the entire day for us. It just shows that we were willing to run between the wickets and hit along the ground and actually play proper cricket.”
Jets – as Northern Districts are commonly known – women’s cricket director Jeanette Beazleigh also said on the occasion, “A few of us were wondering if it was a world record or whatever – it’s definitely a club record and we’re pretty sure it’s a SACA (SA Cricket Association) record.”
“We’re clearly understrength,” Sayers said. “We’re playing some youngsters who aren’t up to A-grade level. But we’re still pretty positive and trying to recruit.”