Double-ton Nicol runs into records

Worcester News: Double-ton Nicol runs into records Double-ton Nicol runs into records

ANDY Nicol sent records tumbling as he made history with a double-century for Avoncroft.

The 26-year-old scored an incredible 210 not out for the Worcestershire League Division Three side, sharing in a partnership of 419 with fellow opener Will Sach, who finished the 50-over contest against Tenbury unbeaten on 151.

Nicol’s remarkable effort, which featured 21 fours and 12 sixes, broke the division’s previous highest score of 209 not out, set by former Worcester City goalkeeper Danny McDonnell for Pedmore in 2007.

The stand with Sach, whose total included 22 fours and two sixes, is also a new county league record for a first-wicket partnership.

Nicol, who wins a £25 Fearnley Factory Shop voucher as the first Worcester News player-of-the-week this season, also took a catch off the bowling of skipper Craig Hughes as Avoncroft wrapped up a 256-run victory.

“I have never experienced anything like that before,” said Nicol, who has only just returned to the Avoncroft side after a four-year absence due to working on Saturdays.

“I have had double hundreds and I thought I was due a big score but I didn’t expect it to be that high.

“It was a one-off experience, everything I hit was coming off the middle of the bat. I can’t really explain what happened.

“It got more and more unreal as it went on.

“The partnership kept going and we kept setting ourselves little targets along the way. After 40 overs, I wanted to get my double century and Will his 150, as well as reaching 400.

“In the penultimate over, we had brought up those milestones and then we didn’t want to get out.

“It was warm and I wasn’t wearing a cap so I was feeling a bit dizzy towards the end.

“I’m not sure how I managed to get through it. I had this determination in me but it’s the best I have batted.

“I wanted to get past my previous best score but I never expected to score 210 in a 50-over game.”

A member of Avoncroft since the age of 14, Nicol, whose fiancee Acacia and nine-month-old daughter Summer were watching him play cricket for the first time, continued: “Everybody was taking pictures of the scoreboard and wanted pictures with us.

“We got a guard of honour from the opposition and different members of the club kept appearing.

“I doubt I will get a double hundred again but it would be nice if I could get a few more centuries and promotion.”

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