Shan becomes first Pakistani batter to hit back-to-back double tons in English county

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Shan Masood celebrates with teammate Shadab Khan after scoring century during a Test match. File

Pakistan opener Shan Masood on Friday hit a second successive double century in the English county championship to take his aggregate to 608 runs in four innings.

The 32-year-old was out for 219, having hit 24 fours and a six as Derbyshire racked up 401 runs in the day to reach 437 for four and lead by 224 in their game against Leicestershire.

Masood’s magnificent innings followed his 239 in last week’s draw against Sussex.

Left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson finally claimed Masood’s wicket on Friday, bowling him with a ball that turned sharply from outside the left-hander’s off stump.

“If we are to do well, we need to make the big hundreds,” said Masood. “To get two double hundreds is pleasing. Making it big is always something we talk about.”

ShanMasoodDerby Shan Masood poses for a photo with his Derbyshire’s shirt in London. Twitter

Masood turned for the pavilion when he was out but could leave the field only after every Leicestershire player, led by Parkinson, had offered a handshake of congratulation on a superb exhibition of high-class batting.

Masood is the first Pakistani batter to score two double centuries in two consecutive innings in the county championship.

He is the 2nd Pakistani batter to do so in first-class cricket after Arshad Parvez, who had scored 243 (vs Balochistan) and 236 (vs MCB) in BCCP Patron’s Trophy in 1978.

The last time any Asian batter was able to score back-to-back double centuries in the county championship was before partition, in 1933, when Nawab Iftikharuddin scored 231 and 224 in 1933 for Worcestershire.

Masood was overlooked for Test matches against Australia. However, he has proved to be in the best form of his life by amassing overall 611 runs in just four innings he has played in the county championship this season.

Fellow Pakistan star Shaheen Shah Afridi helped steer Middlesex closer to victory over Glamorgan on his debut.

Afridi dismissed Australian Test player Marnus Labuschagne for the second time in Cardiff to take his fourth wicket of the match.

He also hit a career best 29 as Middlesex made 336 in reply to Glamorgan’s 122 all out.

At stumps, the Welsh county were 104-6 in their second innings, still 110 runs behind.

Agencies

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