Shannon Connor added 312 runs with Luke Shipman for Easts in Third Grade cricket.
Shannon Connor added 312 runs with Luke Shipman for Easts in Third Grade cricket.

Young duo shake up record books

A THIRD-WICKET partnership of 312 between Easts’ Shannon Connor and Luke Shipman has local cricket followers scrambling for the record books.

Connor, 17, and Shipman, 15, playing for Easts Second Grade against Westlawn, piled on the runs in a partnership which defied belief.

Connor, who has been in and out of First Grade this season, smashed 202 not out with Shipman also reaching his maiden century with a neat 100 not out.

The partnership is thought to be one of the biggest in the history of the competition.

The age of the pair made the effort even more memoriable.

Connor was contacted by the Daily Examiner and was understandably having a well-earned rest after his deeds on Saturday.

“I’m pretty sore at the moment, all my muscles ache. I think Luke and I ran about 180 runs on Saturday,” he said.

Connor did however - to some extent - save his legs as he blasted five sixes and 19 fours during the whirlwind knock.

Easts president and Second Grade captain Bret Loveday said it was an amazing day for the club and for both players, who he believes will be regular faces in the top grade in the coming years.

Efforts like Saturday’s certainly helps.

“They are both talented cricketers with plenty of potential,” Loveday said.

“We were 2-22 at stumps on the first day chasing 261. Shannon opened the innings and Luke put his hand up after I asked the players who wanted to bat at four.

“Shannon has a good eye and gives the ball a thump while Luke is laid-back and stylish. I don’t remember Luke giving a chance during his innings.”

Spare a thought for next batsman in Brendan Cotten. The number 5 had the pads on for four hours while Connor and Shipman went about destroying the Westlawn bowling attack.

Do you remember bigger partnerships in the competition? Email to tell us who has beaten 312 previously.

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