Ali Orr scores 206 points as Sussex defeats Somerset


Sussex twin centurion Ali Orr celebrated “a very special day” after making Sussex history.

Orr beat a Sussex player’s first-ever List A Double Century as the Sharks maintained their impressive Royal London Cup form with a 201-run demolition from Somerset at the Cooper Associates County ground in Taunton.

The 21-year-old left-hander hit a brutal 206 from 161 with 11 sixes and 18 fours to help his side go 397-5 after losing. Cheteshwar Pujara contributed 66 and Delray Rawlins 54 not from just 23 deliveries.

Orr topped the previous highest singles innings by a Sharks player, Pujara’s 174 against Surrey at Hove just five days earlier, and secured a share of fifth place among all-time all-time scorers in List A cricket.


In response, the shocked Somerset were eliminated on 196 in 38.2 overs as they suffered a seventh defeat in as many group games and conceded their heaviest defeat in List A cricket by a runs margin. Only Andrew Umeed put up much resistance at 56.

Orr said: “It was a very special day for me and one that I certainly wasn’t expecting when I woke up this morning.

“Our coaches helped me a lot in giving me the confidence I need in this competition and from the start I made sure to clear the short boundary whenever a ball was in my area.

“I got a slap in the face early on from giving birth to Kasey Aldridge, but I felt good.

“The physiotherapist came and asked me a few questions including where we were. I told him “nice sunny Taunton” so we had a smile and it was all good.

“Hiting someone of Cheteshwar’s caliber helped.

“He’s so composed and made me realize that I turned fifty pretty quickly, so I was able to relax a bit.

“Against Surrey at Hove he went from 100 to 170 in no time so I trusted him when he felt I could do the same.

“I get emotional when I hit and sometimes too angry when I’m on the receiving end of a chat.

“He’s so calm, with such a balanced mentality, that all I can do is try to orient myself towards him.” Ali Orr scores 206 points as Sussex defeats Somerset

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