Roy Silva broke the record for the highest individual score made by a player representing a North West club as he thumped an unbeaten 295 for Glendermott against Cliftonville on Sunday.
The Sri Lankan professional’s innings in the Ulster Shield tie at The Rectory took just 91 balls and included a scarcely believable 34 sixes and 11 fours. He even smashed six sixes in a single over.
The 295 beat the previous best of 274 made by Dean McCarter for Killyclooney against Sion Mills in 2009.
Silva’s statistics made for incredible reading. His century came up in 41 balls which seems pedestrian in comparison with the second that took just 27 balls.
Glendermott piled up a mammoth 462 for 4 in their 40 overs against the stunned NCU Section One club.
McCarter’s 274 previously beat the 260 made by Decker Curry in an Irish Cup game for Limavady at CYM, and also the 233 made 76 years ago by the legendary EDR Shearer for City of Derry against Kilaloo.
Silva’s innings overshadowed two surprising results in yesterday’s North West Premiership games.
Eglinton, tipped by some for relegation, ended Donemana’s resurgence with an emphatic four-wicket victory, their first of the league season. Donemana managed just 154 all out batting first and Eglinton got over the line despite the loss of late wickets.
Strabane, who had gone out of the Ulster, Irish and Senior Cups in the last three weeks, ended their mini-crisis by stunning Brigade at Beechgrove.
That outcome looked decidedly unlikely at the beginning of the day as they slumped to nine for three batting first.
However, a superb half-century from Zimbabwean professional Tawanda Mupariwa, got the Red Caps out of trouble and final total of 199 represented a fine recovery.
Brigade were handicapped with opener Ryan Hunter unable to bat having broken a finger in the field and they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Bangor also passed 400 in their NCU Section One match against Section One Dundrum at Upritchard Park. Nicky McCollum struck a century as they posted 402 for seven in 50 overs.
Bangor 402-7 (N McCollum 100, E Fraser 97, J Parker 54, A Nixon 42, V Edgar 2-68). Section Two: Millpark 240-5 (B Talbot 61, R McCart 46, D Glover 45, N Gelston 2-28); Drumaness 173 (G Walsh 36, A Mills 23, Stu McCart 3-32, D Glover 3-44, S Ali 2-30). Millpark won by 67 runs.