6th June 1994

Brial Lara scores 501

Brial Lara scores 501

With exemplary skills and records walking hand in hand, Brian Charles Lara carved a niche in the game of cricket. Centuries are common, double tons are great feats, a triple century is a highly coveted mark. But, Lara took individual contributions to a new level. The only cricketer to have scored 100, 200, 300, a mighty 400 and an unthinkable 500, it was on this day in 1994, only weeks after scoring a terrific 375 against England, that Lara notched up the highest individual score in First Class cricket. Playing for Warwickshire against Durham, Lara raked up 501 to surpass Hanif Mohammad's record of 499. Bowled off a no-ball on 12 and dropped by the wicket-keeper on 18, Lara faced 427 deliveries in 474 minutes at the crease and hit 62 fours and 10 sixes during his monumental knock. Lara's knock came in reply to Durham's 556/8 decl. in the first innings and the 501 powered Warwickshire to 810/4 decl. The game ended in a draw.

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