A possible world record as Britt smashes 344

Submitted by Rick Eyre on March 19 2002, 4:00 pm

Australia Youth all-rounder Kris Britt scored an astonishing 344 not out in a 50-over match for Western District against North Canberra-Gungahlin in the ACT Women's Cricket competition on Sunday March 10. Her score is believed to be a world record for a limited-over game at senior club level or above, male or female.

In an extremely one-sided game at Kaleen Oval, Canberra, Britt scored her 344 from 202 deliveries in Wests' fifty-over score of 2/480. North Canberra, in reply, were dismissed for 66 - less than one-fifth of her individual score - to lose by 414 runs. Britt hit just one six on the large Kaleen Oval ground.

Britt, who plays for South Australia in the National League and also turned out for Gordon in the Sydney grade competition this season, was Player of the Series representing the ACT in the Australian Under-19 Championships in January, before being selected for Australia Youth for their four-match series against New Zealand A in February.

Lack of consistent record keeping down to club level on a world-wide basis makes it difficult to assess whether Britt's achievement is, in fact, a world record. The highest score in a major women's one-day game is 229 not out by Belinda Clark for Australia against Denmark in the 1997 World Cup. For the men, the world record at "List A" (the one-day equivalent of first-class) level is 222 not out by Graeme Pollock for Eastern Province against Border in 1974-75. At club level, Amjad Khan scored 304 not out for United Cricket Club against Berkeley in the Northern California Cricket League in 2000.