Worlington batsman Ziaf Kulasi smashes 213 runs in just 115 deliveries against Mistley
Traffic meant Ziaf Kulasi and his Worlington team-mates arrived at Mistley for their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One encounter on Saturday with just 10 minutes to spare.
Yet, that did not stop the destructive batsman from racking up a personal-best 213 runs from just 115 deliveries – a knock that included 15 4s and 19 6s – as Worlington’s score of 446-6 beat the previous Division One record of 403-8, set by Woolpit in 2010.
The hosts came up well short in their reply, scoring only 10 runs more as a team than Kulasi managed on his own.
“There was a lot of traffic and by the time we got there it was time to go out in the middle,” said Kulasi, who along with Graham Ford set a record Division One first-wicket partnership of 326 runs.
“Mistley put us in to bat and looked like a green, soft wicket. We thought we could be in trouble and although the ball did a bit early on, the pitch played pretty well.
“I gave up one chance on about 50 when their wicketkeeper missed a stumping, but everything else seemed to come out the middle of the bat.
“I am quite aggressive when I bat, especially once I am in, and that is just the way I go about it.
“It was also nice to get the score away from home. If you score big at Worlington then people will mention that it is a small ground, so did it at Mistley makes it even better.”
Kulasi was eventually caught by Alex Hood off the bowling of Owen Clover, meaning he fell 12 runs short of the individual Division One record.
However, having played a leading role in his team’s record, Kulasi was not overly concerned to have missed out.
“The record was not in my mind at the time because I did not know what it was,” he added.
“It would have been the cherry on top to have broken it but it was still nice to break the records that we did as a team.”
Kulasi will now go in search of more runs this weekend, first on Saturday when his fifth-placed team play host to second-placed Maldon (1pm).
And that is followed on Sunday by a trip to Cambridgeshire to face Foxton in the fifth round of the National Village Cup, when a victory would move Worlington to within three more wins of the final at Lord’s (1pm).
“The Village Cup is great. It is good fun and it is always nice to play in front of a decent crowd,” said Kulasi.
“We have played against Foxton a few times over the years and it is always a good battle. There is never much between the teams.”
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