Ben Stokes destroys the great century … 34 of which ran in one – The Citizen



Ben Stokes hit 34 points in an over to reach a century of 64 balls for the Durham County team on Friday – his first inning since he was named England test captain.

The great all-rounder, who was announced as Joe Root’s successor last week, is making his first appearance in this season’s County Championship following a knee injury while touring the West Indies.

He went to the fold with Durham at 360-4 on the second morning of their four-day game against Worcestershire and launched a border barrage.

The southpaw only took 47 balls to reach his half century, but then went into overdrive, with his second 50 taking just 17 deliveries.

Slow and poor teenager Josh Baker suffered heavy punishment.

The first five deliveries of Baker’s twentieth over were beaten the perimeter rope by Stokes, who raised the bat after the fifth to celebrate by reaching three figures, having clubbed 10 sixes in total.

Stokes was close to emulating the great Garfield Sobers of the West Indies, the only hitter in league history to reach six six in an overs, having done so for Nottinghamshire in 1968.

But he was ultimately left hitting his bearings in frustration after simply hitting a four, saving Baker from joining former Glamorgan attacker Malcolm Nash in an undesirable club.

Baker was knocked out of the attack, but Stokes’ freewheeling jab continued as he went to lunch with 147 not off 82 balls – including 15 six – to help Durham a mammoth 549-4.

Stokes is expected to start his reign in England in the first test against New Zealand from 2 June at Lord’s.