Burnley’s Jonathan Clare has described his record-breaking knock as “magical”.
The 29-year-old re-wrote the history books when hitting a Worsley Cup Limited Overs amateur individual knock of 199 in a comprehensive victory over Ramsbottom at Turf Moor.
The club’s 371-7 tally, in recording a 127 run win, was also a record in the competition.
Clare managed to lose five balls during his innings as he smashed 14 sixes and 17 fours from 104 deliveries.
And he sits this latest remarkable achievement on a par with his maiden ton for Derbyshire in Division Two of the County Championship in 2008.
On that occasion, Clare fired an unbeaten 129, surviving 218 minutes, when facing Northamptonshire’s South African Test trio Johannes van der Wath, Andrew Hall and Nicky Boje.
“I had my luck,” he said. “I got dropped on 20 and then again at around 60. It was a great pitch at Turf Moor, an ideal combination of a very good wicket and a short boundary.
“Eventually their pro (Daryn Smit) brought all the field in and I tried to smack it over his head. I hit it too well and it went straight to him. It was a magical knock though.”
Clare added: “My first ever century against an all Test attack versus Northamptonshire will always be up there but this sits very high.
“It’s my highest ever score so it’s special. It’s right up there and I did it in front of my wife and the rest of my friends and family. It was brilliant.
“It meant a lot because it’s my club who I’ve played for since I was nine. We’ve got a great team and I love it here.”
Despite the latest success, Clare believes there’s still more history to be made this term.
Burnley, who are in the pursuit of a record third Worsley Cup win in succession, have already won the Ron Singleton (Colne) Trophy and are still in the hunt for Twenty20 silverware and LCB Knockout Cup glory.
“The strength we’ve got is amazing. I expect us to win another trophy at least. I can see another big total and possibly more records around the corner. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
“The realistic aim is the double, with the league being preferable because it shows who the best team has been throughout the season.
“There’s also the T20 and county cup that we’re in. It’s great to be challenging on all fronts.”
Burnley will travel to the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Ground to face rivals Lowerhouse in the Worsley Cup semi-final on Sunday, July 12th.
l Tonight at My Protein Turf Moor, Burnley take on Longridge of the Palace Shield in the ECB’s new flagship U19s T20 competition.
Wickets are pitched at 6-15 p.m. and there will be a BBQ, music, tea room and bar facilities available.
Entry is free and entertainment will be provided by the cheerleaders from Next Level Dance of Burnley.
Burnley are away at Ramsbottom tomorrow in the Lancashire League while ‘House host Haslingden.
Burnley also entertain Darwen in the LCB Knockout Cup on Sunday.