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Ollie Robinson scores 43 runs and is most expensive in history, highlights, video, Louis Kimber, English County Championship, latest, updates

England’s Ollie Robinson was beaten by 43 runs on Wednesday in the most expensive period in English County Championship history as batsman Louis Kimber rewrote the record books.

Sussex paceman Robinson got two sixes, six fours – three of which were off balls – and a single from Leicestershire’s Kimber on the fourth and final day of their Division Two match.

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Surrey’s Alex Tudor conceded 38 runs in an over in 1998, of which Lancashire’s Andrew Flintoff hit 34.

That figure was equalled earlier this week when England spinner Shoaib Bashir conceded 38 runs while bowling for Worcestershire against Surrey, with fellow international Dan Lawrence doing most of the damage.

Kimber, batting at number eight, plundered 243 runs from just 127 balls to take Leicestershire to the brink of an astonishing victory, but he was bowled by Nathan McAndrew with his side agonizingly short of their target as Sussex won by 18 runs.

Robinson had a day to forget for Sussex.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Robinson had a day to forget for Sussex. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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The 27-year-old’s double hundred came off just 100 balls, making him the second-fastest in the history of first-class cricket.

He also hit 21 sixes, breaking England Test captain Ben Stokes’ Championship record of 17 in a match in 2022.

Every Sussex player congratulated Kimber, while his teammates and the backroom teams from both sides formed a guard of honor as he walked off to a standing ovation.

He had hit only one first-class century previously and averaged less than 30 even after his memorable innings at Hove, on the south coast of England, but he produced an uninhibited display of power and timing.