Dan Cherry, the Glamorgan opening batsman, nearly became the first English batsman to start his batting with a pair of double hundreds. The left-hander, who hit 226 earlier in the season against Middlesex at Southgate, made 166 in the first innings of Glamorgan`s Championship match with Gloucestershire at Bristol, and came within 34 runs of emulating the feats of Victor Trumper, Khalid Irtiza, Yashpal Singh and DS Jadhav who had all begun their careers by scoring double hundreds.
His feat though is a Glamorgan record as no other batsman in Glamorgan`s history have begun their careers with two scores in excess of 150. As the list below shows, 15 other batsmen have recorded Championship scores in excess of 150 as either their first or second hundred for Glamorgan, but none had begun with two scores over 150.
The early batting feats of Willie Jones in Championship cricket for Glamorgan are the only ones to draw comparison with Dan Cherry`s. Jones began with 132 against Essex at the Arms Park in 1947, before posting 207 against Kent at Gravesend in 1948, and a fortnight later 212*v Essex at Brentwood.
Of those players to start their careers with a pair of double hundreds, Victor Trumper, batting for New South Wales at Sydney in 1898/99, scored 292* against Tasmania and 253 against New Zealand, whilst Khalid Itriza made 290 for United Bank against Multan at Karachi in 1975/76, followed later in that season by 201 for Sind A against Pakistan Universities at Lahore.
In 2001/02 Yashpal Singh made 202 for Services against Punjab at Amritsar, and then in 2002/03 he hit 240 for Services against Tripura at Delhi. Dheeraj Jadhav of Maharashtra is the most recent batsman to achieve the feat, scoring 200 against Orissa at Cuttack in 2003/04, before hitting 207 against Himachal Pradesh at Ichalkaranji Municipal Maidan later in the same season.
John Bell 102 v Warwickshire, 1926 225 v Worcestershire, 1926 Adrian Dale 140 v Gloucestershire, 1991 150* v Nottinghamshire, 1992 Emrys Davies 175 v Essex, 1932 103 v Leicestershire, 1932 Arnold Dyson 106 v Gloucestershire, 1929 208 v Surrey, 1932 John Hopkins 105 v Warwickshire, 1976 230 v Worcestershire, 1977 Steve James 152* v Lancashire, 1992 105 v Surrey, 1992 Willie Jones 132 v Essex, 1947 207 v Kent, 1948 George Lavis 115 v Worcestershire, 1933 154 v Worcestershire, 1934 Tony Lewis 123* v Nottinghamshire, 1962 151 v Sussex, 1962 Jimmy Maher 123* v Kent, 2001 150 v Northamptonshire, 2001 Mike Powell 106 v Northamptonshire, 1998 164 v Nottinghamshire, 1999 Norman Riches 177* v Leicestershire, 1921 128 v Worcestershire, 1922 Maurice Robinson 117 v Derbyshire, 1946 190 v Hampshire, 1949 Ravi Shastri 103 v Northamptonshire, 1987 157 v Somerset, 1988 Maurice Turnbull 106* v Worcestershire, 1926 160 v Northamptonshire, 1930
(Article: Copyright © 2005 Dr.A.K.Hignell)