England Test captain Ben Stokes smashes county cricket record with 17 sixes in an innings

A week after being appointed England Test captain, Ben Stokes livened up county cricket by smashing 161 off 88 balls on return for Durham against Worcestershire in an innings that included a record 17 sixes. 

He beat the record for most sixes in a County Championship innings, which was previously shared by Andrew Symonds and Graham Napier, who both hit 16 in 1995 and 2011 respectively.

Stokes, who recently took over from Joe Root as England captain, notched up his ton in just 64 deliveries with a massive six that sailed into the stands.

It was the fastest century by a Durham player in the history of county cricket, eclipsing Paul Collingwood’s 75-ball hundred against Somerset in 2005.

He also came close to striking six sixes in an over, a feat that only two men in the history of first-class cricket have ever achieved: Sir Garfield Sobers in 1968 and Ravi Shastri in 1985.

Unfortunately, the final ball of that over went for four.


None-the-less, it was the second time in his county career that the all-rounder had cleared the rope in five consecutive deliveries.

Stokes had notched 147 not-out before lunch, including a remarkable 10-ball sequence in which he secured 53 runs.

He’d already reached 15 sixes by this stage before sending Ben Gibbon’s first ball into a sightscreen.


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