Cricket: Munro helps rewrite record books

Colin Munro's reputation as a bruising middle order batsman was firmly established before yesterday's remarkable innings.

But it is one thing to thump a rapid 50 in a limited-overs match and quite another to pummel a double ton in a first-class game.

The 25-year-old Auckland left-hander helped rewrite the record books with a superb undefeated innings of 269 in a Plunket Shield game against Wellington at Eden Park yesterday.

He combined with Craig Cachopa (166) in a massive sixth-wicket partnership of 377 to help Auckland reach 658 for nine declared in reply to Wellington's first innings total of 380.

It was the eighth highest partnership for any wicket in New Zealand first-class cricket and the pair overhauled Auckland's record partnership for any wicket of 347 set by Matt Horne and Aaron Barnes against Northern Districts in Auckland in 2003-04.

Munro was on 122 overnight and added another 147 in an astonishing display of power-hitting.

His double hundred came off 216 balls and in total he whacked 27 fours and 14 sixes - that is a staggering 192 runs in boundaries.

It was the second highest individual score for Auckland.

William Carson holds the record with 290 against Otago in Dunedin in 1936-37Cachopa, playing in just his fifth first-class game, posted his maiden century from 186 deliveries.

Auckland's total of 658 for nine declared was its second highest total. The province amassed 693 for nine declared against Canterbury in Auckland in 1939-40.