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This Day in 1994: When Brian Lara Scripted History With the Highest First-Class Score

On June 6 in 1994, Brian Lara scored 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston. In the process, he surpassed Hanif Mohammad’s 499 for Karachi against Bahawalpur in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy semi-final in 1959.

n this day in history, legendary batsman Brian Lara broke another record when he notched up the highest first-class score in cricket history. His iconic 501 not out came just 2 months after his record-breaking triple in Test cricket.

On June 6 in 1994, Lara scored 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston. In the process, he surpassed the Hanif Mohammad’s 499 for Karachi against Bahawalpur in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy semi-final in 1959.

However, Lara was given a couple of opportunities by the opposition side as he was bowled a no-ball while batting on 12 and then was also dropped by wicketkeeper Chris Scott on 18.

Lara achieved the milestone off 427 balls and in 474 minutes. He hit 174 runs before lunch on the final day of the match and finally brought up his 500 with a cover drive off the bowling of John Morris. Lara hammered 62 fours and ten sixes in his 501*.

That season, he scored 2006 at an average of 89.82 to become the first man to make seven hundreds in eight first-class innings.

Brian Lara is known as one of the finest modern era cricketers. He amassed 11953 runs, including 34 centuries and 48 fifties with a highest score of an unbeaten 400, in his 131-Test match career. Whereas, finished scored 22156 runs in 261 first-class matches.