Cricket: Surrey slump as Tudor concedes 38 in one over

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Surrey 146 & 254-1 dec Lancashire 151-7 dec & 250-4 Lancashire won by 6 wickets

ALEX TUDOR, the Surrey pace bowler, conceded a world record 38 runs in one over yesterday as Lancashire swept to victory in the County Championship match at Old Trafford.

Tudor's former England under-19 team-mate, Andy Flintoff, did the damage in an amazing innings - including 34 runs off the bat in that one over - which took Lancashire to a six-wicket win and fifth place in the county table over the leaders.

Flintoff hammered 61 off 24 balls, with five sixes and seven fours, as Lancashire raced to a victory target of 250 in 53 overs with almost nine overs to spare.

He hit 34 in the over from Tudor, but the paceman also bowled two no- balls which cost two extra runs apiece, making 38 - a total unmatched in first class cricket.

Only Gary Sobers and Ravi Shastri have scored more runs in a single over than Flintoff, both hitting six sixes.

Flintoff hit the first ball for six, then four consecutive fours, before dispatching the sixth and seventh for further sixes. Poor Tudor managed to a bowl a dot ball on his eighth and final delivery of the over.

Earlier, Nadeem Shahid had hit an unbeaten 126 and Ian Ward 81 against declaration bowling as Surrey made 254 for 1 before skipper Adam Hollioake set Lancashire their target.

But John Crawley gave them the perfect start with 78 off 80 balls including two sixes and four fours, while opener Nathan Wood also played an invaluable role in Lancashire's second consecutive championship victory, ending unbeaten on 80.

MOST RUNS SCORED OFF ONE OVER:

36 G S Sobers off M A Nash, Nottinghamshire v Glamorgan at Swansea, 1968 (six sixes).

36 R J Shastri off Tilak Raj, Bombay v Baroda at Bombay, 1984-85 (six sixes).

34 A Flintoff off A Tudor, Lancashire v Surrey at Old Trafford, 1998 (6-4-4-4-4-6-6-0, including two no-balls).

34 E B Alletson off E H Killick, Nottingham v Sussex at Hove, 1911 (4- 6-6-0-4-4-4-6, including two no-balls).

34 F C Hayes off M A Nash, Lancashire v Glamorgan at Swansea, 1977 (6- 4-6-6-6-6).

32 I T Botham off I R Snook, England XI v Central Districts at Palmerston North, 1983-84 (4-6-6-4-6-6).

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