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Wednesday, 19 June, 2002, 18:58 GMT 19:58 UK
Brown joins the big-hitters
Brown tops Pollock and Kallicharan with the highest one-day innings ever
With his bludgeoning 268 at The Oval, Alistair Brown wrote his name alongside international greats like Graeme Pollock, Alvin Kallicharan and Ian Botham.

But despite smashing the highest ever score in one-day cricket, Brown appears unlikely to be given the chance again to take his big-hitting to the highest level.

South African left-hander Pollock held the previous record, a relatively modest 222 not out for Eastern Province against Border back in 1974/75.

And Guyanese stroke-maker Kallicharan was in action for Warwickshire in what was then the NatWest Trophy, when he made 206 against minor county Oxfordshire in 1984.

I didn't know who the record was held by
Ali Brown
Taking advantage of a leg-side boundary of just 55 yards - illustrated by the size of Glamorgan's response - Brown led Surrey to the highest total at this level.

Predictably, Brown was elated with his mammoth score.

"It seemed a good wicket and in the first 15 overs we tried to take as much advantage of the fielding restrictions," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I've had my day today. I have been playing well and this is the first time we have had a good one-day wicket. It was nice to cash in with a good score."

Surrey's 438 for five eclipsed the 413 for four made by Somerset against minor county Devon in 1990, in a 60-over match.

And he was only one away from the record for sixes in a one-day innings as well - Ian Botham smashed 13 against Northants at Wellingborough in a Sunday League match in 1986.

And there was another record in the match, but not one that Glamorgan fast bowler Darren Thomas will want to brag about, after his 108 runs conceded became the worst ever in a senior one-day match.

Big-hitting antics

Surrey fans will be familiar with Brown's big-hitting antics - he made 188 from 208 deliveries in a Championship match against Kent just last week.

Brown was already fourth on the all-time list of highest scores for his 203 against Hampshire at Guildford in 1997 in the 40-over Norwich Union League.

But despite complaints from the Oval faithful, Brown's time on the international stage is likely to have come to an end with three miserable innings in last year's triangular series, when he totalled 21 runs.

Ironically the innings came on the day England named their 15-man squad for this year's NatWest Series against Sri Lanka and India, and to no-one's surprise Brown was not on the list.

There were highlights, such as the match-winning 118 in his third appearance, against India at Old Trafford in 1996, and 59 off 40 balls two years against South Africa at Headingley.

But generally, in 16 one-day internationals, when he averaged 22.12, Brown failed to display the self-confidence that characterises his play at county level.

Brown does not lament his non-selection for the England one-day team this time around.

"They go with what they want," he said of the England selectors.

"I had a chance last year and I think they made their decision on two games.

"I'm in great form and I just want to make it count."

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