Western Australia’s D’Arcy Short has rewritten the history books in Australia’s domestic one-day competition after a fair days work at the crease against the Queensland Bulls on Friday. The 28-year-old struck a record-breaking 257 runs off 148 deliveries batting at No. 3 for the Warriors, It was an innings that had to be seen to be believed…
Coming off one of his best batting stints in last year’s KFC T20 Big Bash League for the Hobart Hurricanes, Northern Territory-born opening batsman D’Arcy Short has just recorded one of his most impressive milestones yet. Short doesn’t exactly have time on his hands at 28-years of age, he’s represented Australia just thirteen times in total and hasn’t cemented a permanent spot in the side despite his impressive domestic form in white-ball cricket. After a tremendous purple match in BBL07 which saw Short finish the tournament as the leading run scorer with 572 from 11 matches, his back-to-back 90’s and scintillating century against the Brisbane Heat won him a spot in Australia’s T20 International side to take on England and New Zealand. With the absence of star-batting duo Steve Smith and David Warner from the national side, Short could be a potential candidate to fill one of those voids at the top of the Australian batting order.
The Western Australian batting sensation has taken a huge step towards national selection after he destroyed Queensland’s bowling attack in Sydney the other day with a destructive double-century. At 2-23, the Warriors were in a bit of trouble after South Australian quick Billy Stanlake had the opposition jumping all over the place at the crease. Little did they know that D’Arcy Short was about to create one of the biggest storms out in the middle since Martin Guptill’s blistering 237 at the cake tin in the 2015 ICC World Cup. Western Australia’s six-hitting machine went to work early as he sent Queensland leggy Mitchell Swepson over the fence time after time, just effortlessly swatting the spinner skyward which left the Bulls stunned. His eye was in and he was winning just about every battle against each individual who was handed the ball, Steketee was quick to find himself getting walloped to & over the rope while part-timers Charlie Hemphrey and Joe Burns were left licking their wounds after Short decided to go for the knockout blow. By that point the Bulls were already in severe-damage control as Short finally got caught short of his crease and was stumped, but the damage had well and truly already been done. Short recorded a total of 23, yes 23 sixes and 15 fours in his epic 257 which saw the Warriors go on to win the match by 116 runs.
In that brutal knock with the willow, Short went past Queensland’s Ben Dunk who was the previous record holder of Australia’s highest score in domestic one-day cricket with 229 not out for Tasmania back in 2014 at North Sydney Oval, now sitting at No. 1 with 257 runs. That will definitely take some beating; Dunk’s record stood for just under four years, the closest that anyone had gotten to it was South Australia’s Travis Head who scored 202 against the Warriors back in 2015. Given today’s modern-approach to the game, it wouldn’t be overly surprising if someone was to better Short’s record in the next two years or so, especially with batsmen like Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell floating around.
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