James breaks records in unbeaten 309

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Steve James became the first Glamorgan batsman to score a triple century as the Welsh county posted their highest innings total since they were admitted to the County Championship in 1921.

Steve James became the first Glamorgan batsman to score a triple century as the Welsh county posted their highest innings total since they were admitted to the County Championship in 1921.

The Sussex bowling was savaged for a second day at Colwyn Bay and James had an unbeaten 309 to his name when Matthew Maynard finally declared at 718 for 3. Needing to score 569 to avoid the follow-on, Sussex could scarcely have made a worse start to their reply, losing their first two wickets for 11 runs inside five overs before closing on 112 for 5.

James' innings was a master class in vigilance, concentration, shot selection and perfect timing and during his 602 minutes at the wicket he offered only one chance.

That came in the third over after lunch when he gave a sharp return catch to James Kirtley after he had already amassed 285 runs. The bowler got his left hand to the ball but could not hold on.

James turned Will House off his legs for a single to pass the previous Glamorgan best of 287, scored by Emrys Davies against Gloucestershire at Newport in 1939. He reached 300 by chopping Umer Rashid to third man for his 40th boundary.

James added one more four before, having faced a mammoth 491 balls, the declaration came. He had earlier become the first Glamorgan batsman to score five double hundreds for the county during a second-wicket partnership of 123 in 33 overs with Mike Powell.

Maynard hit five sixes and three fours in his half century off 55 balls but was bowled swinging across the line to give House his first Championship wicket for Sussex.

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