Hamilton, Mar 6: It was a day of records at Seddon Park here on Wednesday. Opener Jamie How smashed a New Zealand 50-over cricket record of 222 runs as Central Districts defeated Northern Districts by 19 runs in a high-scoring Ford Trophy match.
How's 138-ball 222 is the highest One Day individual score in New Zealand. The 31-year-old hit 27 fours and eight sixes in this record setting feat. 156 runs came in boundaries. He was dismissed in the 44th over.
How, who has played 19 Tests, 41 One Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals for New Zealand, took Central Districts to 417/6 in 50 overs. This was also a record team score in 50-over cricket in New Zealand, beating the previous mark of 410.
222 is joint second highest in 50-over cricket. The top mark is 268 by Ali Brown for Surrey in 2002. Graeme Pollock of South Africa had also hit 222 not out for Eastern Province in 1974.
The right-handed How was also involved in a record opening partnership of 321 with Jeet Raval, who scored 115 off 106 balls.
It was an interesting chase by Northern Districts and threatened to overhaul the target. But they fell short by 19 runs. There were five half centuries but they were bowled out for 398 in 48.5 overs.
Central Districts 417/6 in 50 overs (Jamie How 222, Jeet Raval 115, Anurag Verma 2/73, Graeme Aldridge 2/77) beat Northern Districts 398 all out in 48.5 overs (Jono Hickey 61, Anton Devcich 54, Jono Boult 52, Anurag Verma 52 not out, Graeme Aldridge 50, Tarun Nethula 3/74, Bevan Small 2/53, Carl Cachopa 2/72)