Ollie Robinson Bowls Most Expensive Over in County History

Ollie Robinson Bowls Most Expensive Over in County History

In a historic match at Hove, Sussex’s fast bowler Ollie Robinson endured the most expensive over in County Championship history, conceding 43 runs. Despite this, Sussex managed to clinch a thrilling victory over Leicestershire by 18 runs.

Robinson’s over, featuring eight boundaries from nine deliveries, included three no-balls, all hit by Leicestershire’s Louis Kimber on the fourth and final day of the match.

Kimber’s incredible innings of 243 runs set new records but ultimately fell short as Division Two leaders Sussex secured the win.

Kimber was the last wicket to fall, dragging a leg-cutter from Nathan McAndrew onto his stumps, leaving him stranded with only last man Josh Hull for company.

Reflecting on his performance, Kimber acknowledged the rarity and personal significance of such an innings, expressing both pride in his achievement and regret over the team’s loss.

Robinson’s over is now considered the most expensive in first-class cricket where the bowler was not bowling for a declaration. Kimber’s remarkable feat stands as the highest number of runs scored in a single over in English first-class cricket.

This surpassed the previous record of 38 runs set by Surrey’s Alex Tudor against Lancashire’s Andrew Flintoff in 1998, a record equaled just earlier this week by Dan Lawrence off Shoaib Bashir’s bowling.

Despite the setback, Robinson remains a key player for England’s Test side, especially with the retirement of Jimmy Anderson after the opening game against West Indies at Lord’s on July 10. Robinson’s performance this summer will be crucial for England as they look to strengthen their bowling attack.

This match will be remembered for its extraordinary moments and record-breaking performances, highlighting the unpredictable and thrilling nature of cricket.

Sussex’s ability to secure victory despite Robinson’s costly over demonstrates their resilience and determination, setting the stage for an exciting remainder of the season.