Chris Cooke’s unbeaten double hundred today at The Oval, plus yesterday’s century by David Lloyd, also a career-best performance, allowed Glamorgan to declare this afternoon on 672-6 - their third highest total in first-class cricket - in their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Surrey (writes Andrew Hignell).
On a day which had seen the shortest-ever four-day Championship match, as Essex overwhelmed Northants early on the second morning of the game at Chelmsford, Glamorgan's mammoth total was also the first-ever time in the entire history of the County Championship that all of the first eight batters had scored 35 or more. Glamorgan's total today also eclipsed their total of 615-7 against Gloucestershire at Bristol in 2014 and was their best in the four-day competition since 2009 when they amassed 702-8 against the same opponents and at the same ground.
The list below shows the Welsh county's top ten totals in Championship cricket:
718-3d v Sussex at Colwyn Bay, 2000
702-8d v Surrey at The Oval, 2009
672-6d v Surrey at The Oval, 2021
648-4d v Nottinghamshire at Colwyn Bay, 1999
647-7d v Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College, 2006
615-7d v Gloucestershire at Bristol, 2014
597-8d v Durham at Sophia Gardens, 1997
597 v Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens, 2006
587-8d v Derbyshire at Cardiff Arms Park, 1951
587 v Essex at Chelmsford, 2004