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World record for Cobras' Vilas

9th January 2012 11:49, in Cricket News

Dane Vilas achieved a world best wicket-keeping performance when he played an innings of more than 150 and completed 10 dismissals behind the stumps as the Cape Cobras overwhelmed the Knights by an innings and 54 runs at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Saturday.

Dane Vilas achieved a world best wicket-keeping performance when he played an innings of more than 150 and completed 10 dismissals behind the stumps as the Cape Cobras overwhelmed the Knights by an innings and 54 runs at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Saturday.

It is a result that carries the Cobras well clear of the Knights at the top of the log with an excellent chance of retaining their SuperSport Series title for the third successive year.

Vilas provided the sixth instance in the history of the first-class game of a wicketkeeper scoring a century and making 10 dismissals in the same match but he provides the only instance of a batsman making more than 150. Two of the other wicketkeepers on that list are all-time greats - the Australian duo of Rod Marsh and Adam Gilchrist.

He finished on 187 in a performance that also included a South African record eighth wicket stand of 257 with Robin Peterson.

This was one run better than the partnership between Stephen Fleming and James Franklin for New Zealand against the Proteas at Newlands in 2006.

Remarkably, the 26-year-old Vilas has gone big with the bat every time he has made a century at franchise level. Earlier this season he made 161 not out against the Titans and he has a career best double century against the same opposition for the Highveld Lions.

Congratulations to Dane from everyone at Gunn & Moore.

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