Middlesex players take on 117-year-old big-hitting record
Watch as three Middlesex cricketers warm up for their first NatWest T20 Blast game of the season at Lord's by attempting to hit a ball over the Lord's pavilion, for the first time in 117 years.
Australian Albert Trott was the first person to manage the feat, way back in 1899 and here, Eoin Morgan, John Simpson and James Fuller had a go at emulating him.
England One-Day International captain Morgan, Middlesex wicket-keeper Simpson and all-rounder Fuller faced a bowling machine for an hour on the famous ground.
Middlesex overseas player Brendon McCullum presents the video above as they try to do what Trott achieved in 1899, hitting a ball over the Grade II listed building. When he did it, he struck the ball so hard it bounced off one of the pavilion's turrets and ended up in the garden of a house in nearby Grove End Road.
Middlesex's T20 Blast fixtures at Lord's
16th June v Sussex
23rd June v Somerset
21st July v Surrey
28th July v Essex
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And the bat that Trott used for his record-breaking hit is now in the MCC Museum at the Home of Cricket.
"I’ve been here for thirty-odd years and I’ve seen a few big hits but no-one’s quite got it over," Middlesex Director of Cricket Angus Fraser said.
"There have been two or three in the top tier and Brian Lara hit one that got wrapped up in the flag pole," he recalled.
"It’s an awful long way to hit it and it’s a big building so it’s going to take an astonishing strike."
So did they do it? Watch the video above to find out if their preparations for the match against Sussex this evening (16th June) ended in a new record being set.
Video credit: Lord's Cricket Ground
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