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James Hockley hits incredible 283

THE Kent batsman James Hockley has no great hopes of breaking into the championship side even after smashing the Kent League individual record with an innings of 283 not out for Hartley last weekend.

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Hockley, 30, signed for Kent this season on a one-year contract. He was released seven years ago, having not produced the runs to match his obvious talent, though at club level he remains a daunting prospect for bowlers.

On a baking day he helped Hartley to a record score of 540 for one from only 55 overs on the way to a 340-run win. He set the highest individual score in the Kent League in the highest total to date, and there were two record partnerships of 261 for the first wicket and 279 for the second.

"It was just one of those days where everything goes for you and it was good fun," he said in an interview with BBC Radio Kent. "I got my hundred in the 24th over and thought to myself that if I really wanted to go on here, I could actually get myself a big, big score. It was the highest score I've ever got, so I suppose I would put it down as my best innings."

When he left Kent, Hockley became a sports teacher at Marlborough House, a private school in Hawkhurst, and they agreed to give him leave to take the second opportunity. He last featured in the Championship in the win over Glamorgan in May and said he was not pressurising himself to break back into the first team. "Our first team at the moment is so strong, it's incredible. It's going to be so hard for me to break into that team, with so many international players in that side, but if I can keep scoring runs, you just don't know - you might get that call-up."

Posted by Charlie Randall
08/07/2009 17:12:56
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