Marillier blasts 165 in just 64 balls for Horsford

Horsford batsman Stephan Marillier produce an amazing display of big hitting on Sunday. Picture: Den

Horsford batsman Stephan Marillier produce an amazing display of big hitting on Sunday. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

Stephan Marillier produced the second amazing batting performance of the weekend in Norfolk to guide Horsford to a comprehensive victory.

Less than 24 hours after David Turner had hit six sixes in one over for Cromer in the Norfolk Alliance, Marillier hammered an incredible 165 in just 64 balls at Manor Park in an early round of the national Twenty20 competition.

His innings saw the hosts get all the way up to 282-3, with shell-shocked opponents Vauxhall Mallards then being bowled out for 161 in the 15th over.

The 32-year-old Zimbabwe-born batsman, pictured, was quickly into his stride on Sunday after his skipper Ryan Findlay had won the toss and elected to bat. By the time his innings ended with a run-out he had found the boundary no fewer than 28 times, with 15 fours and 13 sixes, while scoring at a rate of over two-and-a-half runs every ball.

He dominated partnerships of 120 with his skipper and 148 with Luke Findlay, who made 47 (22 balls) and 44 (27 balls) respectively.

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'It was just one of those days when everything seemed to come off the middle of the bat,' said Marillier, who reached 100 in just 28 balls for Horsford in the NW Brown Norfolk Twenty20 competition a couple of years ago. 'I think I was dropped a couple of times but I was timing it well and the ball kept going to the boundary, helped at times by the strong wind. It was just a really enjoyable knock, the sort of innings you play cricket for!'

Horsford plundered a total of 47 boundaries, with the rope being cleared on 18 occasions and Martin Addison (4-0-37-0) being the only Mallards bowler to go at less than 10 an over.

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Marillier's stunning effort fell just short of last season's remarkable knock by Mallards' Mitchell Todd in the county competition, also at Manor Park. Todd scored an unbeaten 170 of 57 balls as his side made 253-3 to beat Sprowston by 96 runs.

The young Australian, who didn't play in Sunday's match, was at it again as this summer's county competition got under way on Wednesday, with another century helping his side to a 34-run win.

Todd smashed 124 in 62 balls, with nine fours and 10 sixes, as Mallards reached 211-4 before limiting Norfolk Alliance opponents Brooke to 177-7.

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