Hampshire batsman Neil McKenzie paid tribute to Michael Carberry after the pair shared a record-busting partnership of 523 in the LV County Championship draw against Yorkshire.
Carberry was 300 not out, in only his third game since recovering from blood clots on his lungs, when Hampshire eventually declared on 599 for 3.
His third-wicket stand with McKenzie, whose 237 was also a career-best, broke a Hampshire all-wicket record that had stood for 112 years.
Hampshire’s previous highest partnership was the 411 between Major Robert Poore and Teddy Wynyard, an FA Cup winner and international toboggan champion, in 1899.
But that is now in second place, as is the County Championship’s previous highest third-wicket alliance (the unbroken 438 between Graeme Hick and Tom Moody for Worcestershire against Hampshire at Southampton in 1997).
At tea on the final day, Carberry and McKenzie were even closing in on English cricket’s highest partnership, the iconic 555 shared between Yorkshire’s legendary opening pair, Percy Holmes and Herbert Sutcliffe, in 1932.
It was not to be, to the relief of today’s Yorkshire team. When McKenzie drove the second ball after tea, from slow left-armer David Wainwright, to mid-on the pair had to settle merely for the third-highest partnership in English cricket.
But Carberry kept going in perfect batting conditions. Wearing a black armband in memory of his cricketing mentor, ironically a proud Yorkshireman whose funeral coincided with the record-breaking display, Carberry finished the match undefeated and as the second Hampshire batsman to score a post-war triple hundred after John Crawley.
“That was for David Lomas, my Croydon Schools district manager, a very close family friend and someone who supported my career through its ups and downs right up until the present day,” said Carberry.
McKenzie said: “You don’t get involved in these partnerships too often and sharing one with Michael Carberry after what he’s been through was really special.
“He’s got this saying of Graham Gooch’s – ‘you never have enough’ – and that was the theme for the last couple of hours. Carbs is one of the hardest workers I know and to achieve what he’s done is magnificent.”