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
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
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
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
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.