Brian Lara 501 Not Out 1994

Brian Lara 501 Not Out 1994 Trinidad-born batsman Brian Lara has the distinction of holding the two most sought-after records batting records in cricket, namely the highest individual score in Test, and first-class, cricket. In April, 1994, just days after signing for Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Lara scored 375 for West Indies against England in Antigua, thereby beating the previous world record, 365, set by Sir Garfield Sobers in 1958. That record was surpassed by Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden  who, in October, 2003, scored 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth, but reclaimed by Lara, courtesy of an unbeaten 400 against England, again in Antigua, the following April. An achievement that rivals some of my online blackjack winning runs!

On June 3, 1994, Lara came to the crease on the second day of a County Championship match between Warwickshire and Durham at Edgbaston Stadium, with Warwickshire at 8-1, following the early loss of opening batsman Dominic Ostler, in reply to a first innings total of 556-8 declared. He survived two early scares, being bowled, off a no-ball, by fellow West Indies’ international Anderson Cummins on 12 and dropped by wicketkeeper Chris Scott on 18, before settling in to reach 111, out of a total of 210-2, by the close of play.

The third day of the match was lost to rain and the following day was a rest day so, play resumed on June 5 with Warwickshire still needing 193 to avoid a follow-on. Nevertheless, Lara enjoyed stands of 314, 51 and 322 with Trevor Penney, Paul Smith and Keith Piper, for the third, fourth and fifth wickets, respectively. In the final over of the day, on 497, Lara was struck on the helmet by a ‘bouncer’ from occasional, medium-pace bowler John Morris, but drove the final ball of the day for four to take his score to 501 not out; in so doing, he surpassed the 499 scored by Hanif Mohammad for Karachi against Bahawalpur in 1959. Quite the achievement. Now I’m off to best online casinos nz to see if I can break a record of my own!

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Dancing Brave Defeated in Derby 1986

Dancing Brave Defeated in Derby 1986 The 80s gambling and sportings scene seems like another world now, light years away from online entertainment like Having won the Craven Stakes and the 2,000 Guineas with a minimum of fuss, despite stamina doubts over a mile-and-a-half, Dancing Brave was sent off well-backed 2/1 favourite for the Derby at Epsom in 1986. In the early stages, off a steady gallop, Dancing Brave was settled towards the rear of the 16-runner field by jockey Greville Starkey.

Approaching halfway, on the downhill run into Tattenham Corner, he was angled towards the outside and ridden along but, turning into the straight, Dancing Brave still only had two horses behind him. As the pace finally quickened, approaching the three-furlong marker, Dancing Brave started to make progress on the extreme outside. He continued to pick off rivals all the way up the straight, but inside the final furlong it soon became that the ‘bird’ – in the shape of second favourite, Shahrastani, who had struck for home under Walter Swinburn a furlong-and-a-half from home and wasn’t stopping – had flown.

Despite making up ground hand-over-fist in the closing stages, Dancing Brave had been set an insurmountable task and was still half a length behind at the line.Starkey had made the mistake – as later borne out by sectional timing – of lying too far out of his ground in a steadily-run race. He was widely pilloried for the defeat, which dogged him until the end of his career, so much so that, eventually, he refused to talk about the episode. Such a gesture seems rather tame in the context of today’s world. Nowadays we’d be too distracted with casinos online or angry tweets!

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James ‘Buster’ Douglas Knocks Out Tyson 1990

James 'Buster' Douglas Knocks Out Tyson 1990 While many of the big fights are held within the vicinity of a Las Vegas best payout casino, on February 11, 1990, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, 23, stepped into the ring at the Tokyo Dome for the fight billed as ‘Tyson is Back!’ unbeaten in 37 fights, including ten world title fights, and as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. By contrast, his opponent, James ‘Buster’ Douglas, 30, had already suffered four defeats – including a tenth round technical knockout by Tony Tucker in his only previous world title fight in 1987 – and was expected to be little more than ‘cannon fodder’ for Tyson, as he warned up for a meeting with undefeated heavyweight contender Evander Holyfied. Indeed, Tyson later recalled, ‘I didn’t consider Buster Douglas much of a challenge. I had easily beaten everybody who had knocked him out.’

However, Douglas belied odds of 42/1 offered by bookmakers and online casino sites by  proving the sharper of the pair right from the start. He kept Tyson at bay with a series of good, solid jabs, and repeatedly clinched as the largely rhythmless, ineffective champion attempted to counter attack. In the eighth round, though, Douglas succumbed to an uppercut, which knocked to the canvas. He survived until the end of the round and, in the ninth, Tyson went for a quick finish but, in so doing, exposed himself to series of hard, right-hand counter-punches. Tyson barely survived the round and, in the tenth, Douglas landed a fierce, right-hand uppercut of his own, followed by a right-left-right-left combination that left Tyson fumbling for his gumshield as the referee counted him out.