From Napier to Carberry – Top 5 T20 innings on English soil
To tickle your taste buds ahead of the start of the action the Ladbrokes News team has pulled together some of the best T20 innings ever seen in this country.
From Graham Napier to Aaron Finch we have all the big hitters covered so sit back and enjoy some of the most explosive batting seen on these shores!
Graham Napier – 152 not out – 2008
When you think of T20 cricket it’s hard not to think of Graham Napier’s thrilling knock against Sussex. On a magical night at Chelmsford the Essex all-rounder smashed every T20 record in the book with his 152* off an astonishing 58 deliveries. Napier cleared the rope with ease in front of a packed crowd at the County Ground as he hit the most sixes in a T20 innings on his way to the highest individual score in the competition’s history. That is some serious batting from the 34-year-old. Watch the carnage unfold in the video below as the Essex star hits 29, including four sixes, a four and a single, from the final over of the innings! If you are former England international bowler James Kirtley look away now!
Cameron White – Somerset – 141 not out – 2006
Australian Cameron White produced a brutal display of hitting to race to a hundred in just 55 balls! The former Aussie T20 captain smashed 14 fours and six sixes but, amazingly, it was not enough to hand Somerset victory as legend of the game Graeme Hick helped Worcestershire chase down Somerset’s target of 198.
Michael Lumb – Hampshire – 124 not out – 2009
Michael Lumb blasted his way into England’s plans with a sensational 124 not out off just 69 balls for Hampshire against Essex in 2009. The England T20 star smashed 14 fours and four sixes which led the ECB to name him in their 30-man provisional squad of the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy. More importantly Lumb became a key member of the national side in the shortest format of the game and helped England win the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. Plying his trade in this season’s tournament for Nottinghamshire, who are 5/1 joint-favourties for glory, Lumb will be hoping to repeat his heroics of 2009!
Kevin O’Brien – Gloucestershire – 119 – 2011
Andrew Strauss will still be having nightmares about Kevin O’Brien after his 113 off just 66 balls helped Ireland shock England at the 2011 World Cup in India. And the Irishman showed he is not just a one innings wonder after smashing 119 off just 52 balls for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Uxbridge.
Michael Carberry – Hampshire – 100 not out – 2013
Not the highest individual score ever to be hit in the history of T20 cricket in England but one of great importance to both Michael Carberry and Hampshire. The innings, which came off just 66 balls and was the left-hander’s first T20 century, sent Hampshire through to a fourth successive finals day and finally propelled Carberry into the spotlight and on the way to England limited-overs honours! Hampshire are the 5/1 joint favourites with Ladbrokes to win the T20 Blast and they will be hoping Carberry can hit the heights of last season!
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