Watson crashes record 15 sixes in unbeaten 185

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Hampshire might have benefited from Shane Watson's services as their pursuit of an unlikely target of 490 to beat Durham at the Rose Bowl ended in an honourable draw.

The Australian all-rounder, who spent part of the 2004 and 2005 seasons on the south coast – and signed off his second stay with an unbeaten double hundred – smashed a world record in Mirpur yesterday, hitting 15 sixes in an astonishing innings of 185 not out from just 96 deliveries.

It enabled Australia, who needed 230 to win, to beat Bangladesh by nine wickets with 24 overs to spare to take a 2-0 lead in a three-match series of one-day internationals.

Watson's feat surpassed the West Indian Xavier Marshall's 2008 ODI record of 12 sixes and overtook Matthew Hayden's 181 against New Zealand in 2007 as the highest one-day score by an Australian.

Hampshire, meanwhile, finished on 345-5 after the openers Jimmy Adams and Liam Dawson put on 171. Dawson responded to being struck for five sixes in an over by Ben Stokes on Sunday with seven fours and a six of his own in his 70, and Adams completed a century with his 19th boundary before both fell to the Durham leg-spinner, Scott Borthwick.

There were positive results in three of the four Division Two matches. Seamer Robbie Joseph – sidelined for nearly two years since dislocating a shoulder in 2009 – marked his comeback with a match-clinching performance as Kent took just 45 minutes to wrap up a 57-run victory over Essex at Chelmsford.

Joseph took three of the four wickets Kent needed, including that of the danger man James Foster, for figures of 4-24. Darren Stevens finished with a match analysis of 9-136 as Essex, chasing 285, were bowled out for 227.

Gloucestershire beat Derbyshire by seven wickets at Bristol. Chasing a modest target of 146, the home side slumped to 34-3 before skipper Alex Gidman joined young opener Ian Cockbain in an unbroken 112 stand.

Cockbain's innings made it a memorable match for three home players on first-class debuts: Liam Norwell took six wickets in the first innings and David Payne five in the second.

Jigar Naik, the Leicestershire off-spinner, took the last four Glamorgan wickets to claim 5-36 as Matthew Hoggard's side won by 89 runs.

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