Uxbridge, June 27: For those of you who thought that the fastest World Cup century by Kevin O'Brien was a flash in the pan, here's some piping hot news: the Irish dasher blasted a mind-boggling 44-ball ton for Glouscestershire against Middlesex in England's domestic Twenty20 tournament - the Friends Life T20.
Indeed, O'Brien clubbed 11 sixes and 7 fours in his 119 off 52 balls to take the Gladiators to 254/3, the highest total by any team in domestic-level cricket. This score beats the 250/3 that Somerset compiled against Gloustershire at Taunton in 2006 and came within 4 runs shy of Sri Lanka's total against Kenya at the 2007 World T20.
But that was not the only record in this extraordinary game. O'Brien's top-order partner Hamish Marshall hit 102 in 54 deliveries as the Gladiators became the first side to boast two centurions in the same T20 innings.
But neither feat was realised without a doze of good fortune. O'Brien was dropped on 14 and 33, while Marshall was also let off the hook on 21. The two went on to put together a 192-run partnership, a world record for the 1st wicket. Eventually, Gloustershire trounced Middlesex by 105 runs as the opponents crashed to 149/8.
Up against such an overwhelming total, Middlesex stumbled to 15/3 before the Panthers' stand-in captain Dawid Malan led something of a revival. But when he went for 32 and his team-mates John Simpson and Tom Smith also departed in the 30s, the game was all but over.