Lara thrills Bendigo crowd

HERO: Rowan Fox gets his ball signed by Brian Lara.

HERO: Rowan Fox gets his ball signed by Brian Lara.

West Indies cricket great Brian Lara was the special guest speaker at a Golden Square Football Netball Club function on Sunday.

Lara entertained Bendigo cricket fanatics with stories about his distinguished career.

He was also more than happy to give tips on batting.

Nicknamed “The Prince”, Lara made 11,953 runs in Test cricket at an average of 52.88. The highlights of his Test career were his two record-breaking innings.

In April, 1994, Lara smashed the England attack to all parts of the St John’s ground in making 375 to break Sir Garfield Sobers’ then world record mark of 365.

Matthew Hayden broke Lara’s mark when he made 380 against Zimbabwe, but Lara returned to the top when he made 400 not out against England in April, 2004.

Lara also holds the record for the highest first-class score.  Two months after making 375 against England in 1994, Lara made 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham in County Cricket.