It’s been a stunning few days of run-scoring for GM’s Daniel Bell-Drummond, Ben Duckett, and Dawid Malan, who have been excelling on one-day duty for the England Lions.
Between them they have scored 925 runs in four matches at a combined average of 115.63 and each of them has a score of at least 150 to their name.
Duckett began the run-scoring spree with 163 not out against Pakistan A in the opening game of a tri-series at the Cheltenham Festival, the Northamptonshire man hitting 24 fours and four sixes to guide the Lions to a seven-wicket win.
On that day openers Bell-Drummond and Malan fell cheaply but the latter soon returned to form with a Lions record score of 185 not out in 126 balls against Sri Lanka A at Duckett’s home ground in Northampton. He hammered 16 fours and eight sixes, showing the sort of big hitting that earned him an England T20 call-up earlier in the summer.
Onto Canterbury for the next game the three went and after missing out against Pakistan A, all sorts of records fell in the final game of the tri-series against Sri Lanka A.
After Middlesex’s Malan was dismissed for 23, Kent’s Bell-Drummond struck 171 not out in 139 balls (15 fours, four sixes) and Duckett smashed Malan’s previous Lions record by making 220 not out in 131 deliveries (29 fours, six sixes).
The pair shared a partnership of 367, the second highest one-day partnership anywhere in the world and the highest in England, helping the Lions post 425 for one, itself the 11th highest score in the history of one-day cricket.
Both established new career bests and both also scored their 1,000th career run in one-day cricket during the record-breaking stand which saw Bell-Drummond make sure his maiden one-day hundred was a big one.
Duckett’s 220 not out is also the second highest individual one-day score registered in England.