Aneurin Donald equalled the record for the fastest double century in first-class cricket, a year after Petersen and Prince’s record partnership for Lancashire.
It was at Colwyn Bay where veteran South African pair Petersen and Prince piled on a record 501 runs for Lancashire against Glamorgan back in July 2015. A year later, almost to the day, 19-year-old Welshman Donald equalled the fastest double-century record and became the youngest in Derbyshire’s history to pass the milestone.
Petersen and Prince amassed the highest partnership for any wicket in the county’s 151-year history, and only the 13th time in first-class cricket that any stand passed 500 runs. The pair both produced career-best scores (286 and 261 respectively), making the seaside resort a memorable location for the Saffas.
Donald, a former England U19 captain, gave the hosts something to cheer about this time – his 200 coming off just 123 balls, with his second hundred coming off just 43 balls. The mark equalled former India legend Ravi Shastri’s milestone in his home country back in 1985.
By the time Donald had struck his 15th and final six, a passing car had been dented on the road outside the ground as had five others in the members enclosure.
‘I had no idea of the records that went, but it was especially pleasing to equal Ravi Shastri’s previous record, as he is a former Glamorgan player,’ he said.
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