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"Half portrait black-and-white postcard photograph of a 30-year-old man with slicked-back hair, wearing a white shirt buttoned at the neck and a white V-necked cricket jumper with dark decoration around the V, signed "Bill Ponsford" in the lower left corner.
Australian Bill Ponsford is one of only two cricket players to have scored 400 or more runs in a single first-class innings on more than one occasion. The other is Brian Lara of the West Indies.

Eight different batsmen have scored 400 runs or more in a single innings in first-class cricket on ten separate occasions.[1] The first quadruple century was achieved by Archie MacLaren of Lancashire against Somerset in 1895, and the most recent was scored by Brian Lara of the West Indies against England in 2004—the only quadruple century to be made in a Test match.[1] Lara and Bill Ponsford of Australia are the only batsmen to reach 400 more than once.[1]

The two batsmen to be dismissed in the 390s in first-class circket are Naved Latif of Pakistan,[2] who scored 394 for Sargodha against Gujranwala at the Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala, in November 2000[3] and Stephen Cook who scored 390 for Lions against Warriors at Buffalo Park, East London in October 2009.[4]

List of quadruple centuries

* denotes that a batsman was "not out"
Inn. denotes the innings of the match
Score Batsman For Against Inn. Competition At Date Notes
501* Lara, BrianBrian Lara Warwickshire Durham 2nd County Championship Edgbaston 1994-06-03, 063 and 6 June 1994 Batting second, sharing stands of 115 with Roger Twose (51) for the second wicket, 314 with Trevor Penney (44) for the third wicket and 322* with Keith Piper (116*) for the fifth wicket, on the way to a Warwickshire total of 810 for 4 declared in reply to Durham's 556 for 8 declared, to which John Morris had contributed 204. Rain prevented any play on the third scheduled day of play, 4 June, removing any prospect of either side playing for a win, and 5 June was a rest day. Lara started the fourth and final day of play on 111*; his 390 runs in one day is the most ever in a first-class match;[citation needed] he scored 174 before lunch, hitting more boundaries in the session than his partner, Penney, scored runs.[5] Lara's innings included a first-class record 72 boundaries (62 fours and 10 sixes),[citation needed] and he reached 500 by hitting the second-last ball of the match for four.[5] With this innings Lara achieved the unique distinction of scoring seven centuries in eight first-class innings, a sequence that had begun with the record score in Tests of 375.[citation needed][6]
499 Hanif MohammadHanif Mohammad Karachi Bahawalpur 2nd Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Karachi Parsi Institute Ground 1959-01-09, 10, 119, 10 and 11 January 1959 Batting second, sharing stands of 172 with Waqar Hasan (37) for the second wicket, 103 with Wazir Mohammad (31) for the third wicket and 259 with Wallis Mathias (103) for the fourth wicket, on the way to a team total of 772 for 7 declared. Bahawalpur batted first and were dismissed for 185. In their second innings, they were dismissed for 108, giving Karachi victory by an innings and 479 runs. Hanif was run out while going for his 500th run; it is said that he was trying to keep the strike.[citation needed][7][8]
452* Bradman, DonDon Bradman New South Wales Queensland 3rd Sheffield Shield Sydney Cricket Ground 1930-01-04, 64 and 6 January 1930 This is the only 400 made in the third innings of a match. After evenly matched first innings, New South Wales scoring 235 and Queensland 227 in reply, Bradman started this innings on the second day of the match, and was 205* overnight. 5 January was a rest day. He shared stands of 272 with Alan Kippax (115) for the third wicket, 156 with Stan McCabe (60) for the fourth wicket and 180 with Arthur Allsopp (66) for the sixth wicket on the way to a team score of 761 for 8 declared. Queensland were 72-7 in their second innings by the end of the third day, and were dismissed for 84, so New South Wales won by 685 runs.[9]
443* Nimbalkar, B. B.B. B. Nimbalkar Maharashtra Kathiawar 2nd Ranji Trophy Pune Club Ground, Poona 1948-12-16, 17, 1816, 17 and 18 December 1948 Batting second, sharing stands of 455 with Kamal Bhandarkar (205) for the second wicket and 242 with Sharad Deodhar (93) for the third wicket, on the way to a team score of 826 for 4 declared in reply to Kathiawar's first innings 238. This is the only 400 by a cricketer who was never selected to play Test cricket.[citation needed] The opposing captain, Thakore Saheb of Rajkot, conceded the match when Nimbalkar was nine short of Bradman's then world-record score.[citation needed][10]
437 Ponsford, BillBill Ponsford Victoria Queensland 1st Sheffield Shield Melbourne Cricket Ground 1927-12-16, 1716 and 17 December 1927 Batting first, sharing stands of 314 with "Stork" Hendry (129) for the second wicket and 143 with Jack Ryder (70) for the third wicket, in a team score of 793 all out. Queensland were dismissed for 189 in their first innings, and following on they made 407, with Cecil Thompson making 118. Victoria won by an innings and 197 runs. This innings made Ponsford the first player to score two quadruple centuries, and he is the only batsman to break his own record for the highest first-class score.[citation needed][11]
429 Ponsford, BillBill Ponsford Victoria Tasmania 2nd Interstate match Melbourne Cricket Ground 1923-02-3, 53 and 5 February 1923 Batting second, sharing stands of 336 with Hammy Love (156) for the fifth wicket, 197 with William Bailey (82) for the sixth wicket and 164 with Karl Schneider (55) for the seventh wicket, in a team score of 1,059 all out. This was the first team innings to exceed 1,000 runs.[citation needed] Tasmania were dismissed for 217 and 176, Victoria winning by an innings and 666 runs.[12]
428 Aftab BalochAftab Baloch Sind Baluchistan 2nd Quaid-e-Azam Trophy National Stadium, Karachi 1974-02-18, 19, 2018, 19 and 20 February 1974 Batting second, sharing stands of 302 with Bashir Shana (165) for the third wicket, 236 with Nasir Valika (74) for the fourth wicket and 174 with Javed Miandad (100) for the fifth wicket, in a team score of 951 for 7 declared. Baluchistan were bowled out for 93 and 283, and Sind won the match by an innings and 575 runs.[13]
424 MacLaren, ArchieArchie MacLaren Lancashire Somerset 1st County Championship County Ground, Taunton 1895-07-15, 1615 and 16 July 1895 Batting first, sharing stands of 141 with Albert Ward (64) for the first wicket, 363 with Arthur George Paul (177) for the second wicket and 107 with Charles Benton (43) for the fourth wicket, in a team score of 801 all out. Lancashire won by an innings and 452 runs, dismissing Somerset for 143 and 206. This was the first quadruple century in first-class cricket, and remains the highest first-class innings by an English player.[citation needed][14]
405* Hick, GraemeGraeme Hick Worcestershire Somerset 1st County Championship County Ground, Taunton 1988-05-05, 65 and 6 May 1988 Batting first, sharing stands of 265 with Steve Rhodes (56) for the sixth wicket and 177* with Richard Illingworth (31*) for the eighth wicket in a team total of 628 for 7 declared, the lowest total to include a 400; Worcestershire had been 132 for 5. Somerset were dismissed for 222 and 192, and Worcestershire won by an innings and 214 runs. Hick had not yet played a Test match.[citation needed][15]
400* Lara, BrianBrian Lara West Indies England 1st 4th Test Antigua Recreation Ground,
St John's, Antigua and Barbuda
2004-04-10, 11, 1210, 11 and 12 April 2004 Batting first, sharing stands of 232 with Ramnaresh Sarwan (90) for the third wicket, and 282* with Ridley Jacobs (107*) for the fifth wicket, on the way to a West Indies total of 751 for 5 declared. Despite a century for Andrew Flintoff (102*), England were bowled out for 285 in their first innings and forced to follow-on. England managed to hold out in their second innings, with a century for Michael Vaughan (140), and the match was drawn with England on 422 for 5.[16]


  1. ^ a b c Highest individual First Class scores, from Cricinfo, The Wisden Group. Retrieved 16 May 2006.
  2. ^ Individual Scores of 300 and More in an Innings in First-Class Cricket, from CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 May 2006.
  3. ^ Scorecard for Gujranwala v. Sargodha, November 2000, from CricketArchive.
  4. ^ Scorecard for Lions v. Warriors, October 2009, from Cricinfo
  5. ^ a b Engel, Matthew, ed. (1995), Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1995, John Wisden & Co. Ltd, pp. 631-633, ISBN 0 947766 24 3 
  6. ^ Scorecard for Warwickshire v. Durham, June 1994, from CricketArchive.
  7. ^ Cricinfo
  8. ^ Scorecard for Karachi v. Bahawalpur, January 1959, from CricketArchive.
  9. ^ Scorecard for New South Wales v. Queensland, January 1930, from CricketArchive.
  10. ^ Scorecard for Maharashtra v. Kathiawar, December 1948, from CricketArchive.
  11. ^ Scorecard for Victoria v. Queensland, December 1927, from CricketArchive.
  12. ^ Scorecard for Victoria v. Tasmania, February 1923, from CricketArchive.
  13. ^ Scorecard for Sind v. Baluchistan, February 1974, from CricketArchive.
  14. ^ Scorecard for Somerset v. Lancashire, July 1895, from CricketArchive.
  15. ^ Scorecard for Somerset v. Worcestershire, May 1988, from CricketArchive.
  16. ^ Scorecard for West Indies v. England, April 2004, from CricketArchive.


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