Derbyshire CCC’s Martin Guptill smashed an unbeaten 237 to record the highest score in World Cup history.
The big-hitting Kiwi hammered the West Indies bowling attack around Wellington as New Zealand advanced to the semi-finals with a 143 run victory.
His incredible 163-ball innings featured 11 sixes and 24 fours and beat the 215 made by West Indies’ Chris Gayle earlier in the tournament.
Guptill, who hit 137 from his last 52 balls, now has the second best score in One Day International history behind Rohit Sharma’s 264.
He becomes only the fifth player to make an ODI double hundred, joining Indians Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and Chris Gayle in the exclusive club.
He became the first New Zealander to score hundreds in consecutive World Cup innings and the first of his countrymen to bat through the full 50 overs three times in ODIs.
The top-order batsman will be available for Derbyshire’s opening six LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, before joining New Zealand ahead of their One-Day International (ODI) series versus England.
The 28-year-old is making a fond return to The 3aaa County Ground after enjoying successful spells with the Club in 2011 and 2012, during which he scored 1,131 first-class runs at an average of 43.50, including three centuries.
As well as playing a leading role in the Division Two winning side in 2012, Guptill enjoyed further success in List A cricket with Derbyshire, hitting three centuries in nine appearances at an average of over 70.
He also represented the club in 14 Twenty20 matches, averaging 34 with three half-centuries.
‘Chris Gayle came up to me and said welcome to the 200 club’Martin Guptill